This happy group of ladies were the very first domestic and laundry staff at the new Ponoka General Hospital when it opened in 1947. Shown from left to right are: Phyllis Friestad (Woods), Leona McLean, Frieda Brachmann (Schierer), Emma Gehlert (Schultz), Ginger Graham (Bengston), and Josephine Tkach (Whitten). For $49.00 a month they worked 12 hour split shifts everyday, with one day off a week and one Sunday a month off. Photo courtesy of Fort Ostell Museum

Remember When: A look back at the hard-working staff at then Ponoka General Hospital

This photo looks at staff who worked busy hours in the 1940s at Ponoka’s old hospital.

This photo looks at staff who worked busy hours in the 1940s at Ponoka’s old hospital.

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