Rideout Health History
Phebe's Memorial to Husband and Son 'A Pleasant and Agreeable Occurrence'
Learn more about Rideout Health from Phebe Rideout herself
In 1907, Marysville was the largest city between Sacramento and Portland, Oregon.
It had impressive buildings, was the center of railroad operations, had
a strong economy and well-developed social institutions, including theaters,
fine schools and one of the first public libraries west of the Mississippi
River. Five decades removed from its Gold Rush heyday, when for a brief
moment it was the third largest city in the state, Marysville in 1907
was still considered the hub of all economic and cultural activity in
the northern Sacramento Valley.
Yes, Marysville had everything a modern city could offer.
Unless, of course, you became sick or injured.
As the Marysville Daily Appeal pointed out in a 1907 article announcing
rumors that a remarkable woman from a remarkable pioneer California family
was about to donate her family's 4,000 square foot "mansion"
for a hospital: "Marysville is in need of a hospital. There is now
no place where sick and injured can be taken for treatment and the expense
and delay consequent upon sending patients to Sacramento or other places
where hospitals are maintained is too great for safety."
The rumors announced in the 1907 Daily Appeal article that Mrs. Phebe Rideout
was willing to give to the City of Marysville her residence property at
the southeast corner of Fifth and E streets to be used as a public hospital
paper said, "It would be a pleasant and agreeable occurrence for this
city…if the gift should be made. Marysville…with her great
army of employed and the center of operations of railroads and other industries
employing a great number of men, should by all means have a hospital,
and if Mrs. Rideout will donate her residence for the nucleus of the institution
the people of the city will certainly attend to the detail and remodel
the building and furnish the hospital."
Her home became a hospital, and the hospital grew into a community health
organization, the Rideout Health Group, which cares for patients in our
Northern California region.