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LUCKEY'S LEGACY: Museum makes most of hospital memories

April 23, 2013

Sue Johnson, left, and Sandy Huntsman usher visitors through the Luckey Hospital Museum in Wolf Lake. Pictured are Johnson and Huntsman explaining the use for the iron lung, which still works. Post & Mail photo / Melany Love

Editor’s note: The following is the second part of a two-part series on The Luckey Hospital Museum.

WOLF LAKE — The Luckey Hospital, built in 1929, is now a one-of-a-kind museum at the corner of U.S. 33 and Ind. 109.

Dr. James E. Luckey, founded the hospital, which began operations in 1931.

Today the Luckey Hospital Museum is run by Luckey’s great-niece Sue Johnson and “the adopted Luckey” Sandy Huntsman, who is also the acting president of the museum’s board.

Though Dr. Luckey owned a Model-T Ford, he often made his house calls on a horse because the roads were bad.

Sinkholes dotted the area, and U.S. 33 was unpaved until 1924.

A price list of medical procedures hangs in the museum and denotes what the cost of common services were in 1933.

In Noble County, house calls cost $2. Back then, a C-section cost $150.
Surgical procedures tended to be the most expensive, with bowel and stomach resections racking up a charge of $200.

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