|Speers Memorial Hospital||Speers Hospital||Speers faced West|
|Speers Entrance||Speers Nurse Marcella
|Thanks to Charlie Schicht for these images.|
Elizabeth Speers will left $200,000 in her will to found Speers Hospital. Very little is known about her, or Charles C. Speers, her husband. She was born in England, he in Pennsylvania. They had earlier lived in Texas, and Cincinnati, and it is believed he made a lot of money in cotton. Her obituary took only a single line; his, five. On the other hand, her funeral was one of the largest in the city's history, and she is reported as being “a lovely Christian character.”
|Speers closed September 1, 1973. It was the first hospital in NKY to have a computer. Architect was
George Vogel, Jr. who died on October 29, 1897. 14 nuns lived on the second floor after the closure,
and St. E. operated a clinic on the first floor for a while. Demolition began in May of 1978. A Jack Hicks
column in the Enquirer (May 29, 1978) notes that the state regulates the number of hospital beds in
the state, and that St. Luke was able to build a long sought addition shortly after Speers closed. He also
notes “St. Elizabeth siphoned off the best equipment and soon closed the facility.”
|A few words on the origins of
Speers Hospital are here.
|In the early 1950's, Speers published a
cookbook. Mrs. C. Cornelius' recipe for Rocks is here.
Thanks! to Charlie Schicht for a bunch of these Speers Hospital pictures.