The Fargo Sanitarium was featured in large front-page ads of the Fargo Forum during this week in 1910. The sanitarium advertised itself as North Dakota's largest, and claimed that its non-surgical and drugless treatments would work wonders on patients suffering "acute and chronic diseases." Although sanitariums are often associated with tuberculosis, there were actually a number of them operating in the state that offered treatment for a variety of ailments. Using magnetic, electric, light, and thermal therapies, they were considered benevolent places of rest and rejuvenation. After World War II, tuberculosis immunization became commonplace in the United States and the Fargo Sanitarium closed its doors. The building was purchased in 1942 by Bethany Homes and converted into a rest home, which it remained until the 1960s.
Dakota Datebook written by Jayme L. Job
The Fargo Forum and Daily Republican, Saturday (Evening ed.), Oct. 22, 1910: p.1.