I went through Bettye & Leon Anhaiser's archive of photos (many thanks to them) and found additional photos of the 'new' Laura Eldridge Memorial Hospital which opened in 1957 on Eldridge Road. I determined the date from Bob Armstrong's book on Sugar Land. I also learned that I'd got Mrs. Eldridge's name wrong. I thought it was 'Laurel" instead of "Laura." The photo below appears to show the hospital soon after it opened.
I think this next photo shows Mr. I. H. Kempner, Sr. speaking at the opening. I can't identify any of the other men.
This final picture shows hospital administrator, Bill Chadwick, Esther Kirkpatrick, & Leon Anhaiser. I don't know the details, but I think the Sugar Land Lions Club was donating new wheel chairs to the hospital. Leon was President of the Lions Club at one time. Mrs. Kirkpatrick was a member of the hospital board, I think. The date must be around 1966 or '67.
I remember my first visit to the hospital. It must have happened soon after it opened. My family went to a Sugar Land High School football game in the fall of 1957. I'm almost certain it was the first game of the season in East Bernard.
I began running a fever during the game. I also had chills, which caused my mother to make ominous suggestions -- nothing dramatic, but not the kind of thing I wanted to hear. She told my dad they should stop by the hospital on the way home, so one of the doctors could take a look at me. (Residents went to the hospital for after-hours treatment when the clinic was closed.)
Although I was feeling pretty puny, I certainly didn't want to see a doctor, but my opinion didn't count since I was just 7-years old. I'm not sure which doctor was on duty, but one of them said the dreaded words, "He's fine, but we'll give him a penicillen shot just to make sure." For ever after I've never had a good feeling about hospitals.