Worthington Ohio real estate


You say "sanitarium" I say "sanatorium"

"You say tomato...   

I say tomahto....

Lets Call The Whole Thing Off "

Wikipedia says:

glass panel in a Powell antique store"A sanatorium (also spelled sanitorium and sanitarium) is a medical facility for long-term illness, most typically associated with treatment of tuberculosis (TB) before antibiotics. A distinction is sometimes made between "sanitarium" (a kind of health resort, as in the Battle Creek Sanitarium) and "sanatorium" (a hospital)."

The Wikipedia page needs a citation so don't go believing this is gospel.

In old movies I always got confused about what was wrong with people who were in "sanitariums" or  "sanatoriums" Tuberculosis? Or insanity?  I wondered if one of the spelling and pronunciations was a polite way of say "Insane Asylum" or I guess Asylum for the Insane.  Or if it was a place for those who had tuberculosis? I wondered if TB caused insanity.  Or if insanity caused TB.

Today we can just Google it and find out everything on Wikipedia or someplace else online and choose to believe it or not.

The history of medicine is kind of interesting. Central Ohio is right in there...

Medical College in Central Ohio  

There was a medical college in Worthington, long ago.  A plaque on the Kilbourne Buliding tells a story I pay more attention closer to Halloween each year, when Worthington celebrates their ghosts or their ghost stories anyway:

The Worthington Medical College was established in 1830.  It was run out of town on a rail in.... or was there railroad at that time?  Perhaps they went by way of stage coach from Worthington to....  I want to say as I recall they moved to Cincinnati.  The Worthington Library produced a video that is very entertaining about when the Worthington Medical College determined they ought to move along to "elsewhere."  The video is in the link above to the Worthington Medical College. Worthington Medical College plaque on the Kilbourne Building

I looked up what Eclectic Medicine was last fall, around Halloween... when the thoughts of Worthington's ghosts are strongest.

A Central Ohio Sanitarium

Another Central Ohio connection to medical history and it is in Worthington. The post I wrote about Harding Sanasomething or other says, Harding Hospital in Worthington which was known as  the Columbus Rural Rest Home...  before it became Harding Sanitorium

I wrote:

"An earlier  date  in 1916 the Worthington Memory Timeline -   Columbus and Central Ohio. "Dr. George T. Harding opens a rest home for women on E. 18th Ave., the forerunner of Harding Hospital." 

Harding Sanitarium

The Columbus Rural Rest Home

Could the sign in the Powell store be from Harding Sanitarium? Or the Columbus Rural Rest Home ?   Was Harding or it's predecessor an "Evaluation Center for Disturbed Women?"

Was Columbus Rural Rest Home the name of the facility for a long time?  A 1930 photo on Worthington Memory of the hospital staff identifies the people in white as staff at the Columbus Rural Rest Home. 

Seeing a sign or a window panel in a Powell Antique store (first photo above) makes me wonder if it came from the Columbus Rural Rest Home or the Harding Sanitarium.

cRazy women in Powell

I believe the song "Lets Call The Whole Thing Off " was written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin for the 1937 film Shall We Dance with Fred Astaire.

Do you know the old song?

You say either.

I say either. Pronounced eye-thor

You say neither.

I say neither... Pronounced neye-thor


Potato?  Pronounced po-tah-to


Pajamas?  Pronounced pa-jah-mas

Tomato?  or Tomahto?




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Comment balloon 5 commentsMaureen McCabe • April 15 2011 02:42AM



What a fabulous post.  I really enjoyed the lesson through time.

Posted by Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate) almost 7 years ago

Intersting read. I was not even aware of the "hospital" use. I just always catgorized it all as "disturbed!" Thanks for the lesson!

Posted by Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, ... a small office, delivering big service! (Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC) almost 7 years ago

thanks Cindy and Gary.  My mother was a psychiatric nurse... long after this time, of course. 


Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) almost 7 years ago

Maureen, loved the post I have a book for you to read:))))) by Dennis Lehane "Shutter Island" very appropriate to your post,,,

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) almost 7 years ago

A sanitarium on an island??? 

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) almost 7 years ago