A nurse assists a young patient at Ridge Farm, the St. Louis Children's Hospital country convalescent department. Located on the Meramec River, near Valley Park, Ridge Farm opened in 1912. This picture was taken in the 1920s. Photo Courtesy: Becker Medical Library
During the First World War, Brit. Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon, transformed the Castle into a hospital, and patients began to arrive from Flanders in September 1914. She became an adept nurse and a skilled healer and hundreds of letters from patients and their families bear testament to her untiring work and spirit of generosity.