A student kicked in the exercise pool at the Mary Helen Lindsay School, 1940.
Male patients at the Willmar State Hospital, 1940. Willmar was established by the legislature in 1907 and originally operated as the "Hospital Farm for Inebriates." The site quickly became a place to house people with mental illness or developmental disabilities. For more on the history of Willmar, see State Hospitals by the MHS.
Students from Dowling School awaited the arrival of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1940. FDR had been stricken with polio in 1921, and privately used a wheelchair he had designed himself.
Governor Luther Youngdahl with a group of children in front of the Dewey-Warren Headquarters at the State Fair. It was Children's Day at the Fair, and Youngdahl was campaigning for re-election as Governor in 1948.
Four students in wheelchairs at Mechanic Arts High School, St. Paul, 1949. Students were identified as Joe Hill, Bernadette Reich, Margaret Smack, and Gene St. Martin.