Cresson TB Sanatorium Reunion, Part Two

Aug 3, 2012

Chuck Felton at Union Cemetery, where many of the Cresson Sanatorium patients who died of TB were buried.
Credit Chuck Felton

Last August, Chuck Felton organized a reunion for the Cresson TB Sanatorium. The retired aerospace engineer now living in Texas, spent 16 months at the state-run tuberculosis facility that was located on a remote mountain top outside of Cresson. For more than 50 years, Felton had kept his experience there mostly to himself. Then, in 2009, he decided to create a website to share his story with his two grown children. To his surprise, other TB survivors, staff, and children of patients who died at the facility, came out of the woodwork. They contacted him through letters, emails and phone calls—eager to talk about a subject that had been shrouded in silence too long. WPSU's Patty Satalia attended "The San Reunion," which brought together more than 150 people to reminisce and share stories about their time in "The San."