More On Dr. Crandall’s Health School in Springettsbury Township; adding to Research by June Lloyd
Last evening I was searching through historical publications using Google Books. This research focused on a future Yorkspast post about the Lincoln Highway through York County. I came across this ad for Dr. Crandall’s Heath School. I remembered that June Lloyd had already written extensively about Dr. Crandall. Here is the link to June’s post: Crandall’s Health School in East York a little mysterious.
June Lloyd discovered that sometime between 1921 and 1923, the name of the facility was changed from Pennsylvania Osteopathic Sanatorium to Dr. Crandall’s Health School. My discovery of this November 1921 ad, pinpoints the name change timing to at least November 1921. I set out to discover if I could find any ads earlier in 1921.
Related posts include:
- Comments on Historic Resources in Springettsbury Township; and Part 3 of Dr. Crandall’s Health School
- Rachel Bahn and Part 4 of Dr. Crandall’s Health School
The earliest Dr. Crandall’s Health School ad, that I uncovered, was the following ad that appeared in the August 1921 issue of The Kiwanis Magazine. Therefore, based upon this ad, the facility name was changed from Pennsylvania Osteopathic Sanatorium to Dr. Crandall’s Health School nearer to the first half of 1921; but after information had already been collected for the 1921 York County Directory where the facility was listed as the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Sanatorium.
Taking a closer look at the bigger ad at the beginning of this post; as noted, the only other Health School in the country is operated by Dr. J. H. Tilden in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Crandall evidently wanted to pattern his facility after that of Dr. Tilden with the name change.
The Tilden Health School in Denver is on the National Register of Historic Places as an example of an early 20th century sanitarium utilizing nontraditional health techniques. The school was founded and operated by Dr. John Henry Tilden who developed and widely published the health techniques employed there.
Dr. Tilden’s medical philosophy was that Toxemia was the underlying cause of impaired health and disease. For patients entering his Health School, treatment began with a fast. What followed was a wholesome, balanced diet; good elimination; moderate exercise, rest, all to optimize the body’s energy and build health and host resistance to disease. Tilden gave his patients diets tailored to their individual needs and wasted no time on those who refused to give up their bad eating habits.
In the ad, Dr. Crandall indicated he ran his Health School on the Tilden plan. Therefore the description of the patient treatment process from the Tilden Health School likely applies directly to Dr. Crandall’s Health School.
I looked through my postcard collection. I have a Dr. Crandall’s Health School postcard, however of greater interest is the writing on the back. It is a note from a patient at the Health School. I’ll share the postcard image and the note in a post next week.Reading the Headlines: A Quick Index to All YorksPast Posts