Postwar R&R at Mount McGregor
Mountain air appealed to James C. Orr.
“Nothing in the world can beat Mount McGregor,” said the 72-year-old Orr, who lived at 115 Barrett St. in Schenectady.
Orr was a war veteran who had cardiac problems. A few months at McGregor, a rest camp for veterans in 1955, perked him right up.
The country life helped hundreds of other men and women. Mount McGregor had been a haven for veterans since November of 1945. Posted on February 14, 2011.
Mount McGregor Director George Hubbard gives veterans James Orr and Stanley Rastes, both of Schenectady, a hearty welcome in 1955. The camp was a great asset for veterans battling various afflictions during the 1940s and 1950s.
This is Mt. McGregor as it looked in 1955, when it was a medical camp for New York's war veterans.
Guests at the Mount McGregor camp for war veterans walk around the camp grounds during the fall of 1955.
One of the rooms inside Mount McGregor was a chapel, which veterans often visited.
Patients turned out 80,000 poppies a week as part of their therapy.
Working with tools was one of the activities at Mt. McGregor in 1955.
A Mount McGregor nurse cares for a grateful patient in 1955.
Two men play a game of pool at Mount McGregor, the New York State veterans camp, in 1955. The camp opened in 1945; by the mid-1950s, the place had cared for more than 25,000 veterans.