Chuck Felton Remembers his 16 Months at the Cresson TB Sanatorium, Part One

Chuck Felton at the Cresson TB Sanatorium in 1956
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In 1955, Chuck Felton was seventeen, president of his senior class at Towanda Valley High School in northeastern Pennsylvania, with plans to attend Penn State. Then he was diagnosed with TB--tuberculosis—at the time, one of the world’s deadliest diseases. He was sent to a state TB sanatoruim in Cresson, where he stayed for 16 months. It was an experience he will never forget. WPSU’s Patty Satalia talks with the retired areospace engineer, now living in Texas, about life at “The San.”


janet engeman
state college, pa
Aug 02, 2012

My mother, who was born in 1924, and died last December, had a positive TB test as a young child, and spent more than a year at Cresson, even though she never developed the disease.  She still had nightmares about it as an adult.

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