Following the completion of the Cottages the first four
permanent buildings were constructed
The Hospital switchboard was located just inside the main
entrance of the building.
My grandmother was phone operator #6 in building A and 21 c.1950
- 1990, her name was Britt Neukirc. My grandfather Fred Brunn was a cook at KPPC
until it closed.
We moved to KP in 1949,,My Mom worked
nights in Building A. My Dad worked in the Storehouse. When Dad died in 1955,
Mom changed her hours from nights to days working in the Tailor shop which was
just behind Building A.
My mother worked in Bldg. A, in 1940. She told me that Dr. Catalano, who was a young guy then, had to come to the ward one time to see a teenage patient that was "going off"! There were no psychotropic medications in those days, and it was difficult to deal with acting out patients. The patient had locked herself in a toilet stall, and would not come out. Dr. Catalano came in and climbed over the wall of the stall and unlocked it. He talked to the patient for awhile, and calmed her down. When he left, the patient started up again! My mother said she had to yell out of the window to get him to return. She said he came running back to the building, with his opened raincoat flapping like wings! He again, got the patient to calm down. My mother said that everyone at the Hospital like Dr, Catalano! His wife was a nice person, too. When I was a kid working in the Plumbing Shop, around 1961, we had to go to Dr. Catalano's house to do some work. His wife always had coffee, and something to eat, for us, while we worked.
The "Canning Room" was located in the old
Bldg. A Kitchen. The Cooks used to go over there in the summer and put up all
the tomatoes grown on the farm. My father, who was a cook in KPSH (1927-63) ,
used to go over to the canning room every summer, mostly during the '40's. A lot
of tomatoes got canned, and a lot of other "can" got opened!