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First big Ennis hospital built in 1920


The first record of a substantial hospital in Ennis dates to 1908. There were only individual doctors’ offices prior to that. There was also a hospital funded by the Southern Pacific Railroad in the early years of the 20th century but it closed in 1916. The various hospitals that functioned in Ennis were sporadic and limited in their scope until the 1920s when the large red brick structure built by Hix McCanless that served the city for more than 40 years came into being. According to the May 1952 program shared with me, a citizens committee to oversee plans for a hospital was appointed in November 1922 by Ennis Mayor E. M. Thomas and City Commissioners Fred Lawson O. F. Long. The committee, including J. Baldridge, C. P. Cook and C.B. Pittman, chose the site and paid delinquent taxes on the property to secure it for the building of the new hospital. Read stories like this and more in your latest edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

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