he Mattoon General Hospital was likely a nice security blanket for residents of the rural area. The General Hospital was at one point home to Doctor Partridge and Dr. Damp, who were the Resident Physicians. Partridge was known for his idea that the Mattoon area was a healthier place to live than other areas in the country.
“For the health seeker there is no better climate than Shawano County, Wisconsin. Our people are unusually free from catarrhal troubles and diseases dependant upon such conditions so frequently found among residents further south and east. DR O. F. Partridge.
Mattoon General Hospital