Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Route 66 Led World War II Doctor to Fontana, California-- Part 1

From the September 19th Redlands Daily Facts by Wesley G. Hughes.

The former chief of staff at St. Bernadine Hospital, Max Goldstein, celebrated his 100th birthday. In 1947, he took Route 66 to a new life in Fontana.

He grew up during the Depression in Canada and had a tough time of it. He graduated in 1935 from the University of Toronto and moved to Chicago for his internship and residency and after just two weeks on the job, earned the headline "Doctors Lose and Gangsters Win."

"Luigi Alterry, a lieutenant of Al Capone, 6 feet, 250 pounds, wearing a beautiful suit was stretched out on a gurney, and I'm taking bullets out of him," said Goldstein.

Four years later, he opened a medical practice in Fox Lake, Illinois. (Hey, that's where I live). He applied for citizenship and soon a notice to appear at Great Lakes, the Army headquarters, where he was appointed a lieutenant in the Medical Corps. (Actually, Great Lakes was Navy. Army would have been Fort Sheridan.)

More to Come. --RoadDog

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