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Hygienic Institute celebrates 100th Anniversary

Posted by wlpo on April 24, 2014

For many children growing up in the Illinois Valley, getting immunized meant walking up the cement stairs to a big old house on the hill next LP High School. The big old house is gone but the Hygienic Institute continues to be a place for area children to get their shots and physicals.

The Hygienic was established 100 years ago this month by F. W. Matthiessen and his son-in-law doctor according to Hygienic Director Lorene Munson. The early focus was on sanitation as a way of preventing disease and it was located in a house owned by LP High School up until the mid 1990’s.

Eventually the La Salle County Health Department would be created and would take over a lot of the Hygienic’s responsibilities, but Munson says the Hygienic adapted by having doctors and nurses.

The Hygienic is still a popular place for children to receive immunizations and school physicals. You are encouraged to bring your children to the Hygienic, now on Chartres Street north of the La Salle Post Office, for an open house Sunday. There will be cake, old photos and kid’s activities from 1-3pm.

Learn more by listening to an interview with Munson at the WLPO AM and FM news page.

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