The years following the change from Tri-State Sanitarium to Tri-State Hospital in 1929 were filled with challenges and opportunities for Drs. Willis and Knighton along with other Tri-State physicians and surgeons. First came the Great Depression of the 1930 and then the War Years of the 1940s. Many younger doctors served in the military while the older ones were fighting the battle on the home front. Their biographies are the history of their Time and Willis-Knighton Health Systems very earliest years.

Dr. Charles S. Boone



Dr. Charles S. Boone was born in St. Marys, Ontario, Canada in 1893. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and took his medical degree from the University of Arkansas in 1929.  Before attending medical school at the University of Arkansas, Dr. Boone served in World War I as a pilot with the Royal Air Force. 

Following his graduation from medical school, he interned at what was then Charity Hospital in Shreveport.  For his surgical residency, Dr. Boone moved west to the small copper mining community of Globe, Arizona where he practiced at the company-owned hospital of the Miami-Inspiration Mining Company.    In 1931, he was invited to take over the practice of Shreveport physician Dr. E. L. Sanderson who moved to take over the leadership of Charity Hospital. 

For more than twenty years, he served as the de facto Assistant Coroner to Dr. Willis Butler, a pathologist at Tri-State and later Willis-Knighton Hospital.  He died after a series of heart attacks at the facility where he had worked for more than three decades.  On learning of Boone’s death, Dr. Butler said, “he was a wonderful man, a fine doctor and has left many friends.”

This photo dates from the 1940s.

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Talbot Museum Digital Archive


Mid-20th Century

100 Years