c.1910 photo courtesy John Chaix

1903 directory 1The East Bay Sanatorium (sometimes spelled Sanitorium or Sanitarium) and Training School for Nurses was a small private hospital and training school for nurses from 1896 3 to c.1921. It was on Telegraph Ave. just north of 31st Street.

It was originally run by Dr. Carl Rudolph Krone, resident physician and surgeon. NB: A later address renumbering changed 1505 (also shown as 1515) to 3113.

The sanatorium incorporated in 1900. By 1910, Dr. Krone seems to have retired, and Gertrude Courtright was the majority shareholder. 4 In 1913, Gertrude Courtright and Minniehaha Taylor were the superintendents. 2

In 1909, Carol Pardee, daughter of George Pardee, had an operation at the sanatorium for appendicitis. 10 In 1912, Ann McElrath, daughter of John Edgar McElrath, was treated for a burn on her arm, suffered during a fire at the family home. 8 Near the end of his life, Severin Anderson, father of Harry S. Anderson, fell ill and had an operation at the sanatorium. 9 Jack London's mother, Flora Wellman London, died there in 1922. 11,12

It's unclear what year the sanatorium closed. A 1921 article refers for plans for a modern, $650,000 hospital "at the site formerly occupied by the East Bay Sanitorium," 5 but there is a reference in a 1923 article to the sanatorium. 6  A 1924 article also notes that the subject had been hospitalized there in Nov/Dec of that year. 13  It is also listed in the 1921 Journal of American Medicine. 7

1903 directory 1

January 5, 1922 San Francisco Examiner 12

Links and References

Oakland Tribune December 22, 1900 3

  1. 1903 Husted's Oakland
  2. Polk-Husted Oakland 1913
  3. East Bay Sanatorium Oakland Tribune December 22, 1900
  4. Notice of Stockholders' Meeting Oakland Tribune April 14, 1910
  5. $650,000 Hospital Plans Filed Oakland Tribune May 28, 1921
  6. Police Tracking Mystery Gunman Oakland Tribune May 4, 1923
  7. The Journal of the American Medical Association 1921
  8. Miss Ann McElrath Injured by Flames San Francisco Call July 1, 1912
  9. Noted Oakland Merchant Dies San Francisco Call May 11, 1913
  10. Miss Pardee is Ill Santa Rosa Press Democrat June 10, 1909
  11. Jack London's Mother Is Dead San Francisco Chronicle January 5, 1922
  12. Jack London's Mother Dead San Francisco Examiner January 5, 1922
  13. Dinner Hostess Hangs Herself Oakland Tribune December 20, 1924

from 1898 directory1902 Sanborn excerpt