Keywords: Military hospital beds
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Alonzo Garcelon of Lewiston was a physician, politician, businessman, and civic leader when he became Maine's surgeon general during the Civil War, responsible for ensuring regiments had surgeons, for setting up a regimental hospital in Portland, and generally concerned with the well-being of Maine soldiers.
In 1892 five physicians -- William H. Simmons, William C. Mason, Walter H. Hunt, Everett T. Nealey, and William E. Baxter -- realized the need for a hospital in the city of Bangor had become urgent and they set about providing one.
Like many towns, Bethel responded to the Civil War by sending many soldiers and those at the homefront sent aid and supported families. The town grew during the war, but suffered after its end.
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This was because Margaret’s specialty was delivering babies. In 1953, Margaret B. Workman died. The hospital did not shut down, however.
Dr. Charles W. Bell used a portion of the hotel as a 16-bed hospital from 1910-1937. The building was demolished in 1969.