Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


The Pine Grove Sanitarium is widely-known as a beneficent institution chamingly situated and admirably conducted, under the able management of Mrs. Roe Shepard. The sanitarium was formerly the residence of the late Admiral Chancy Thomas, and the estate includes three acres of ground. The Admiral named it "Moorings," and in more than one sense, perhaps, today, that name still applies, with force and sentiment. Mrs. Shepherd purchased the property in 1921, and made numerous and expensive improvements. Besides the indispensable operating room, with all necessary modern appliances, she provided, as part of the changes made through her expenditure of thousands upon the place, a cheery dining room and a spacious recreation room for nurses.

Mrs. Shepard is a native of the good old State of Michigan, and a graduate of St. Mary's Hospital, at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1904 she came to California and since then has followed her profession with almost phenomenal success in different parts of the state. She has two children, a daughter, Madeline, and a son, William.

The Pine Grove Sanitarium is a thoroughly up-to-date institution in what is generally acknowledged to be ideal surroundings. It is located amid the pines of Pacific Grove, on historic Monterey peninsula, one of the most picturesque spots of all California, within a comfortable four hours ride of San Francisco. As is well known Pacific Grove is a health and pleasure resort open all the year round; the quiet, restful environment contributes, with ocean, bay, timber, inspiring drives and comfortable walks, to make it a place sure to benefit anyone receptive to the good things for the body and healthy mentality. All of the sanitarium's rooms are large, light, well-ventilated, properly heated and suitably furnished and some of the rooms have both private bath and sun porch. There is also a ward for those who prefer such service and modern, dependable surgery meets the need of all operative cases. A large, pleasant living room and solarium, providing a splendid home atmosphere for those who need sanitarium care and treatment, makes an ideal place for convalescents.

The Pine Grove Sanitarium gives all kinds of treatments, including baths and the Porter system of rest and milk diet, substituting goat-milk for the Holstein where desired. The possible benefits to those who suffer from heart trouble may very properly be emphasized, for the location of the Pine Grove Sanitarium is especially favorable. No tubercular cases, however, of those of contagious nature are accepted. All of the nurses, attendants and other help are experienced and in addition to their efficiency, they are marked for their courtesy and unselfish interest in others.

The Pine Grove Sanitarium is open to all physicians and surgeons, and out-of-town cases receive the same care and attention as are uniformly given to those from the locality.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.