“At first, the parlor was used as the operating room where surgeries were performed under chandelier lights”

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Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital – 1970

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Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital provided a full range of medical services for Hartland and the surrounding area for several decades beginning in 1932, but its story begins well over a century before its doors first opened as a public community hospital.

In 1802, two year old James Moor arrived with his parents William & Sally Moor who settled on what became Commercial Street in Hartland. Following his parents departure to Corinna soon after 1820, James remained in Hartland and began an important role in the early years of development of Hartland’s town affairs and its industry.

James married Dorcas Wiggin in 1821 and they built a modest home atop the highest hill on Main Street where they began raising their family of 9 eventual children. By 1825, James had built the Upper Dam on the Sebasticook River near Mill Street and opened a sawmill on the site. He was later joined in business by 2 of his surviving sons Amasa James Moor & James Wiggin Moor.

James Moor Residence on Main Street – 1860

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In 1847, James built a new, larger house on the same location with assistance from his sons and continued his business affairs with the sawmills.

Former James Moor Residence on Main Street – 1910

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Following James’ death on December 2, 1873, his daughter Elmeda Moor and her husband Nathan M. Webb took over the family home. James’ wife Dorcas lived with them until her death in 1892 at 93 years old. Nathan Webb, the son of John Chandler Webb & Clarissa Nay, served as a policeman in Hartland where he married Elmeda in 1861.

Former James Moor Residence on Main Street

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Nathan Webb & Elmeda (Moor) had 3 daughters all born in Hartland; Eva in 1862, Cora in 1869 & Nina Webb in 1874.

Webb Family Portrait

(L-R) Front Row: Elmeda (Moor) & Nathan Webb | Back Row: Nina, Cora & Eva Webb

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Eva M. Webb, the oldest daughter, married Andrew Scott of St. Albans in 1879. Andrew was born in Hawick, Scotland, the son of John Scott & Isabelle Walker who immigrated to New Hampshire in 1864. Eva & Andrew had 1 daughter Annie M. Scott who was born in Hartland in 1881 just before they moved to Camden. Annie never married and was a dressmaker when she died in Camden in 1909 at 28 years old. Annie Scott was the only child of any of the 3 Webb Sisters. Eva & Andrew later returned to Hartland where Andrew died in 1917.

Eva (Webb) Scott (left) & Elmeda (Moor) Webb – c1918

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Between 1917 & 1919, every member of the Webb Family except Eva passed away leaving her as the only living descendant of her family. Her father Nathan Webb and sister Cora (Webb) Shaw died in 1917, her sister Nina (Webb) Buck in 1918 and her mother Elmeda (Moor) Webb in 1919.

Eva (Webb) Scott | 1862-1932

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Eva (Webb) Scott remained at her parents’ former home in Hartland until her death on January 6, 1932. In her Will, she bequeathed her house along with the property to be used specifically as a non-profit general hospital. The Executor of her Will was Dr. Charles Avery Moulton who immediately began the process of converting the house into a hospital.

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A decade before Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital opened, a private hospital known as Tibbett’s Hospital opened in 1921 at an unknown house in Hartland Village which operated into the late 1920s. The 1923 newspaper article below notes some of the details of the facility operated by Mrs. Frances (Gordan) Tibbetts. She was born in Berlin, Germany in 1884 and came to the states where she married Leonard J. Tibbetts in 1904 in Gloucester, Massachusetts. They moved to Athens by 1910 then to Harmony where she was noted in the 1920 Census as “Nurse Trained”. The couple divorced by 1930 and she moved to Camden where she remained until her death in 1947.

“The Town of Hartland should boast the fact she has so an efficient hospital as this one. For two years, Mrs. F. J. Tibbetts has worked tirelessly to make her hospital one which anyone would be proud of and now has one which is well known throughout the community. It is situated on one of the pretty streets of the town and has the appearance of a dwelling but inside its walls are modern requisites for obstetric, surgical and medical cases. It consists of a sanitary operating room with ample equipment, accommodations for many patients, the services always of a trained nurse, and attention to emergency calls day or night. Only the choicest of vegetables are used and most nutritious foods for the patients. The maternal department is up-to-date in every particular. Some of the best known physicians and surgeons come to this hospital bringing with them their own professions attendants.”

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On October 12, 1932, Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital opened its doors with six patient rooms. Dr. Moulton was the Head Physician in charge with his sister Ethel (Moulton) Williamson acting as Supervisor and her husband Eugene Williamson as Caretaker. The first patient admitted was John Fox who had suffered a ruptured appendix. 

Along with his hospital duties and serving as a local physician making house calls, Dr. Moulton was also a business entrepreneur in several successful enterprises in town including the Hartland & St. Albans Telephone Company & Hartland Light & Power Company as well as serving as Hartland School Physician from 1916-1942.

Dr. Charles Avery Moulton
Born March 12, 1860 Concord, Maine | Died December 7, 1946 Hartland, Maine
Graduated Westbrook High School | Graduated Bowdoin Medical School 1885
Moved to St Albans in 1887 then to Hartland in 1897
Head Physician at Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital 1932-1946

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In the early years of the hospital, boarders were often accepted when there were empty beds. The hospital also kept cows and hens to sell their milk and eggs all in order to exist and help take care of the bills.

Within a few years after the hospital opened, it was apparent expansion and improvements were needed to the former James Moor house to make the facility more efficient and effective for its patients. In 1936, the roof was raised on the northern ell and a new wing was extended from it to provide space for an operating room, delivery room, nursery and additional patient rooms. The westerly ell was also expanded for more space.

Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital following Renovations – 1936

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In 1935, Dr. Paul Revere Briggs joined the medical staff marking the beginning of his storied 38 year career at Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Paul Revere Briggs – 1956
Born July 12, 1904 Ashland, Massachusetts | Died 20 April 1985 Hartland, Maine
Graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1931
Joined the Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital Staff in 1935

 

Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital suffered an immeasurable loss with the passing of its founder Dr. Charles A. Moulton on December 7, 1946.

Dr. Moulton Obituary – December 12, 1946

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Following the death of Dr. Charles A. Moulton, Dr. Paul R. Briggs became the Chief Hospital Administrator and Resident Surgeon.

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In 1947, the Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital Auxiliary was formed. They were instrumental in raising funds for the new North Wing of the hospital built in 1948 as well as the fund raising for an elevator in 1954. Their efforts enabled the addition of many new pieces of equipment and overall improvement to the facilities. The auxiliary also assisted with many of the daily tasks associated with operating the hospital.

Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Charter Members

(L-R): Edna Wood, Ina (Ouilette) Emery & Meredith (Knowles) Randlett

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$30,000 was raised toward the new 2 story North Wing addition of Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital through contributions from businesses, organizations and citizens of Hartland and the 15 surrounding communities the hospital serviced. It was completed in 1948 increasing the hospital’s overall capacity to 60 beds or 75 beds in an emergency. The new wing included new patient rooms, X-Ray Room, Obstetrical Ward, Nursery, Mother’s Ward and a Children’s Ward along with a special fire escape chute for bed confined patients.

Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital North Wing Addition Layout – 1947

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The North Wing addition included a new Maternal Ward dedicated in memory to the late Dr. Charles Moulton. It was funded in part by a special memorial fund known as “Moulton Babies” created by 57 of the hundreds of children who had been delivered by Dr. Moulton over the decades.

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The basement of the new wing included a kitchen, laundry room, nurse’s dining room, laboratory and utility storage along with a Dumb Waiter.

Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital following renovation & additions

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A series of undated photos show many of the new rooms in the North Wing Addition.

Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital – North Wing Addition – Children’s Ward Waiting Room

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Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital – North Wing Addition – Main Waiting Room

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Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital – North Wing Addition – Patient Rooms

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Mrs. Clement Downs of St Albans hand-painted the nursery rhyme murals in the new Children’s Ward.

Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital – North Wing Addition – Children’s Ward

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Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital – North Wing Addition – Offices

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Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital – North Wing Addition – X-Ray Room

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Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital – North Wing Addition – X-Ray Reading Station

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Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital – North Wing Addition – Laboratory

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Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital – North Wing Addition – Laboratory

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Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital – North Wing Addition – Laboratory

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Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital – North Wing Addition – Surgery Room

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Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital – North Wing Addition – Surgery Room

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Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital – North Wing Addition – Basement – Nurse’s Dining Room

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Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital – North Wing Addition – Basement – Kitchen

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Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital – North Wing Addition – Basement – Kitchen

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Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital – North Wing Addition – Basement – Laundry Room

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Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital – North Wing Addition – Basement – Laundry Room

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On May 12, 1949, National Hospital Day was observed at Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital.

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Watson Triplets: Clarence, Chester & Clinton

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Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital Medical Staff – 1956

 1st Row (L-R): Dr. Ernest D. Humphrey | Dr. Merlin A. Webber | Dr. Marian Strickland | Dr. Julio Gomez Rangel
2nd Row:
Dr. Paul W. Burke | Dr. R. F. Gloor | Dr. Paul R. Briggs | Dr. E. R. Nawfel, D.D.S.

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Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital Nursing Staff – 1956

1st Row (L-R): Grace Webber | Ida Briggs | Emily Spear | Madeline Ball | Arlene St. Peter | Eunice Harper | Bessie Nickse | Lucille Hanson

2nd Row: Grace Marble | Bessie Field | Erline Humphrey | Annie Adams | Evelyn Nichols | Thelma Brooks

Rhoda Nelson | Ruth Tibbetts | Irma Stedman | Ada Randlett | Norma Temple

3rd Row: Phyllis Woodman | Glenice Hanson | Marilyn Merrow | Augusta Hayden | Ellen Kelley

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In 1957, Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital celebrated its 25th Anniversary.

25th Anniversary Article – November 22, 1957

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25th Anniversary Article – November 22, 1957

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In 1960, Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital Auxiliary reached its fund raising goal of $10,000 and a new elevator was installed.

Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital – North Wing – Elevator Addition – 1954

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New Elevator Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital.

(L-R): Dr. Smith | Dr. Robert Dodds | Meredith (Knowles) Randlett | John Plummer | Edgar Woodman

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Unfortunately, by the late 1960s insurmountable financial challenges mired the hospital in debt as it struggled to comply with numerous costly upgrades and repairs to its equipment and the physical facilities required to meet new Federal & State Standards.

Town of Hartland Recognition Solid Bronze Plaque presented to Dr. Paul R. Briggs

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In 1972, Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital was sold and was later converted into the Sanfield Rehabilitation and Living Center. In 1984, North Country Health Care Associates purchased the facility and continue operating it today under the Sanfield banner.

Sanfield Rehabilitation and Living Center – 2019

(Photo courtesy of Will Bunker Photography)

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From its humble beginnings as an old converted house to its peak as a renovated, full service 60 bed health care facility, Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital provided an invaluable service to Hartland and the surrounding communities for 40 years. It was the only hospital within a 25 mile radius of the area until the early 1960s before Sebasticook Valley Hospital was built in Pittsfield.