E.A. DAY, M.D. - President
W. REDMOND CROSS - V.P.
GEO. M. DEWITT - SEC
JOHN ECKHART - TREAS
IDYLEASE, WRITTEN IN 1909
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The Newfoundland Village Improvement Society
Dr Edgar Arthur Day, President
of the Village Improvement Society
THE NEWFOUNDLAND VILLAGE IMPROVEMENT SOCIETY
"The Newfoundland Village Improvement Society was formed in 1902 to protect the interest of the residents and property holders of Newfoundland, improve the conditions of the roads, secure better railroad service, and in general do whatever shall tend to increase the beauty and attractiveness of our village and its surroundings."
Idylease was built by a group of 11 physicians who were the principal investors. They chose the name, The Newfoundland Health Association in 1902. The group’s primary investor was Dr Edgar Day who moved his practice from Brooklyn, NY. Day moved to Newfoundland to improve his health. He promoted Idylease as “A Modern Health Resort” that treated “convalescents, neurasthmics, cases of nervous exhaustion, rheumatics or those whose health has been impared by disease or by physical or nervous strain”. Day’s establishment recommended that their patients’ “vigor and strength may be restored through wholesome food, regular hours of rest, open air excercises, and scientifically administered baths and massage. Advertsing material published by Day in 1904, “forbids anything suggestive of a hospital atmosphere, and requires the exlusion of incurables, condumptives, mental cases, alcoholics and drug habitues.”
Early resident physicians included Dr. Daniel E. Drake and Dr. P. Draper a surgeon from Cornell. The referrals of guests came their from their colleagues in New York. Rates were from ten to twenty dollars a week according to the choice of room. Rates per day were from two to three dollars. The Inn's carriage would meet guests at any train specified. Transportation to and from the railroad station was twenty-five cents. Transportation of trunks cost twenty-five cents.
Dr. Day founded The Newfoundland Village Improvement Society in 1902 which was formed to "protect the interest of the residents and property holders of Newfoundland, improve the conditions of the roads, secure better railroad service, and in general do whatever shall tend to increase the beauty and attractiveness of our village and its surroundings." Dr Day remained president of the society until his death at Idylease in 1906. Dr. Daniel Drake the resident physician and general manager of Idylease became the principal stock holder of the Newfoundland Health Association which owned Idylease. George A. Day, Edgar's nephew, served as General Manager of Idylease until 1920.
Idylease prospered until the mid 1930's when tourism and the age of resorts began to decline. For a period during the 1940’s Idylease became a sanitorium catering exclusively to victims of tuberculosis until the rapid advances in medicine and mass inoculation rendered Idylease obsolete. The Inn also catered to stockbrokers and businessmen who were unable to withstand financial reverses during the depression.
Idylease was purchased in 1954 by Dr. Arthur Zampella who ran the inn as a nursing home until 1972.Idylease was purchased by Richard Zampella, the son of Arthur Zampella in April of 2016.
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