The Hood River News, Hood River, OR., June 24, 1932, page 4


     One of the projects we recall as having been under discussion when we came to Hood River 14 years ago was a modern hospital. Everybody was for it, but words are not bricks and the building was often suggested but never attempted. One fine day -- and it was a delightful day in the history of this community, Miss Anna M. Spring, an orchardist and philanthropist, announced, through E.O. Blanchar, that she had donated the revenue from a valuable piece of property as the nucleus of a new building fund for the modern community hospital, the property was sold and proceeds were deposited in the First National bank to earn interest until such time as the remainder of the fund should be available. In the meantime, the Hospital Association was also building up a strong reserve fund and, last year, the big effort was made, when Mr. Blanchar, with be cooperation of Dr. C.H. Jenkins and Roderick McRae, of the Rotary club, canvassed leading men and women for the money still needed. In a few weeks the way was clear, plans were drawn up and accepted and construction work was started on a beautiful site made available by the city council.
     Last week end many residents of the Mid-Columbia made the tour of the beautiful new structure which bears the name, "Hood River Hospital," and all who have, by their efforts, made this hospital possible, must have felt a touch of pride at the many favorable comments which have been voiced. Hood River is truly favored with a hospital second to none in its capacity to minister to the sick in the northwest.
     And it is fitting that a bronze plaque, which will endure as long as this fine building, is to become an integral part of the hospital, so that the sincere thanks of this community to Miss Anna M. Spring, may forever be read, in a few appropriate words, by all who enter the portals of this refuge for those who suffer.

©  Jeffrey L. Elmer