Historical Images of Porter County

Sarah Porter Kinsey Memorial Home of Valparaiso Women's Club
Valparaiso, Indiana

Date: Circa 1960s
Source Type: Postcard
Publisher, Printer, Photographer: Sutton's Photo Art, Dexter Press (#49759)
Postmark: May 10, 1963, Valparaiso, Indiana
Collection: Steven R. Shook
Remark: Valparaiso Women's Club. Purchased 1925 through efforts of a Club President, Mrs. C. W. Boucher, Dedicated, Sarah Porter Kinsey Memorial, in honor of a former club president, also President of I. F. C. Believed to be the only building in Indiana dedicated to a woman. Dr. D. J. Loring constructed and operated the Loring Hospital in 1891 on East Jefferson Street in Valparaiso. The hospital could accommodate up to twelve patients and was the first hospital to operate in Porter County. In 1906, the Loring Hospital was purchased by the National Benevolent Association, located in St. Louis, the local Christian Church. After this sale, Dr. Loring purchased the Hamel property located on the northeast corner of Jefferson and Washington Streets in Valparaiso and erected a second hospital. Following the death of Dr. Loring, Dr. J. R. Pagin purchased the property, later selling it too the Elks Lodge. After two years of ownership, the Elks Lodge sold the second Loring Hospital to the Valparaiso Women's Club. Thus, the home of the Valparaiso Women's Club was the location of the second hospital to operate in Porter County.

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