Copyright 2012, CABS for Reflections From the Fence
This building is located at 3105 Bull Street, Savannah, Georgia. This is the address given as where my great-grandfather, Joseph Eugene Bowen, died. I had been under the impression that it was a nursing home, now I wonder.
Another view, looking into the sun, some glare here:
Letting Sony zoom to that round section just about the columns, here is one of the words I discovered inscribed there:
This building was built about 1927 as the Central Georgia Railway Hospital. It was closed in 1963. My great-grandfather Joseph died there in 1948. Yes, he worked for the railroad (which railroad is unknown) for a number of years. His occupation on both the 1910 and 1920 census reports was section boss for railroad (or similar description).
NOW it all makes sense. Why he was in Savannah when he had been living in Norfolk Virginia for many years, including the 1930 and 1940 census enumerations. I suspect he was at the hospital because he had some kind of insurance and when he took ill, that is where he had to go for care.
Four words, inscribed for eternity, or until I discovered them. During a prior visit about 10 years ago, I did not stop, nor take a photo. This trip, we almost did not drive by, but, something made me insist.
Four words, and I feel closure.