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.

Tri-State Hospital Bills


These are two bills for medical services from the 1930's and 1940's.  It wasn't easy for Tri-State to survive the devastating blows of the Great Depression and World War II.  Not long after Drs. Willis and Knighton along with several other investor-doctors purchased the Tri-State Sanitarium, the worst economic depression in U.S. history hit the country with a vengeance. 

Ready money in Northwest Louisiana became scarce and often people were forced to “barter” what they could for other goods and service.  Medical treatment was no exception.  There is some evidence, mostly oral, that at one point in the mid-1930’s Tri-State Hospital and its doctors would take plucked chickens and shelled peas ln lieu of payment.  These might then be used to supplement the food purchased for the hospitals patients.

Location in Museum

Willis and Knighton Exhibit


1930's & 1940's


The 1947 bill was donated by Marilyn and Gary Joiner

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