A closer look at the plaque below the dedication for Dr. Justus Hogue
Dr. Justus Ohage, St. Paul’s health officer, bought the island and built a new park there, complete with public bathhouse and beach, playgrounds, handball and tennis courts, cafeteria, bandstand, pavilions, zoo, childcare facilities and picnic grounds. Attendance totaled six million visitors between 1900 and 1906, but recurring flooding and growing river pollution forced the public baths to close in 1919.
On September 24, 1886, Dr. Justus Ohage performs America's first successful gallbladder removal in St. Joseph's operating room. It's only the ninth such operation ever attempted in the world.
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