Contributed by Kathleen Haynes
Contact Myrtle Bridges August 09, 2008
My dear Sue,
Though I have not written to you, I have thought many, many times of you, and sympathized
with you in your responsibility. I am glad to hear today that Mrs. Tate is doing well, she has
such a wonderful constitution that I hope much for her in the operation.
Uncle Liv* has been grunting for nearly a week, had a hard fall which has kept him in bed
for four or five days. He is better today. Aunt Bettie is as well as usual.
We have no company at all now, but some will no doubt come in soon. We are having delightful
weather now, cool nights and breeze in day time. I hope you have improved. You must take care of
yourself for you mother's sake.
With much love from us all, Affectionately your friend, Kate Persall**
July 16, 1902
*"Uncle Liv" may be Dr. Patrick Livingston Murphy (b. Oct 1848), and "Aunt Bettie" is his wife, Bettie W. Murphy (b. Feb 1853 VA).
In 1874 Captain Joseph Mills, as Senator from Burke County and Colonel Sam McDowell Tate, as representative, aware of the crowded
conditions of Dix Hospital persuaded the legislature to appropriate $75,000 to build a hospital in Morganton, which opened under the
superintendence of Dr. Patrick Livingston Murphy in 1883. Source: Census Recs. - Burke County Heritage - NC - Bridges
**The 1900 Census of Burke County, Morganton shows Alex. R. Maclachlan (b. Dec. 1869 Scotland, immigrated to NC 1891, m. 1895, florist)
and his wife Margaret C. (b. June 1867 Scotland, immigrated to NC 1891, boarding house keeper). Kate J. Pearsall 36, b. Dec 1863 NC is listed
among a long list of boarders.
The 1910 Census of Burke County, Morganton shows Kate Pearsall, 47, stenographer in superintendent's office
at State Hospital.
This hospital is known today as Broughton. Previous names for this hospital were: (1) Western NC Insane Asylum and
(2) State Hospital for the Insane. Persons who were patients/residents are listed in the census of 1900, 1910, 1930 under "State Hospital."
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