Seventeen classes of houses that originally rented

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seventeen classes of houses that originally rented for $27 to $36 a month and many were rented to military assigned to the military facilities in South Philadelphia. The home renters paid a fee for their gas, electric, and water from the Estate’s central heating plant, and before the houses were sold it was necessary to install heaters. Between 1949 and 1952, 481 homes sold for between $9,000 and $12,000. The heating plant was leased to the government for $10,000. Today it is a warehouse for Young Company, riggers. Four other acres near Vare Avenue were sold for $46,000 to the government for a housing project. In 1923, 62 acres of the farm were sold to the government for $525,000. The Quartermaster Depot, now the Defense Supply Agency, occupied the land, but the facility is about to be phased-out. Four acres near 27th and 28th Streets and Vare Avenue were sold to the Philadelphia Housing Authority for $46,000. Although his will prohibited the sale of his properties, the farmhouse and all the South Philadelphia property have been sold except a few garages. THE HUMANITARIAN Girard was among those few that suffered the Yellow Fever and recovered. Yellow fever epidemics hit Philadelphia in 1793, 1794, and 1797. A quotation from J. H. Powell's book, Bring Out Your Dead , describes Girard's involvement. Powell said, "And Stephen Girard, hero of Bush Hill, a man so extraordinarily gifted in courage and charity that Philadelphians never afterwards understood him, but stood in uneasy awe, suspicious that so much goodness should 13
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live in a Frenchman and a man of trade." During the 1793 epidemic nearly one third of the city's 25,000 population died of yellow fever. Many left the city hoping to find a haven from the disease. Girard believed, unlike almost everyone, that the fever was not contagious and that people were dying from improper medical care. Most of the deaths occurred at the Bush Hill sanitarium, which if standing today would be near Broad and Callowhill Streets. It was a poorly run hospital that had become a repository for the ill, left to die. He and Peter Helm, without regard for their personal health, volunteered to administer the hospital. Girard cared for the sick and the dying, sometimes helping in their burial, while he brought order to the hospital. He hired his friend, Dr. Jean Deveze, to be the head physician. Together, they attempted to prevent further spreading of the disease and to reduce the death rate. Meanwhile he fought with the medical profession over the cause and care of the disease. Most doctors, including the famous Dr. Benjamin Rush believed that the people could be made well by being bled, an act of intentionally removing blood from the body. Girard said that people were dying "because of the pernicious treatment by our doctors." 29 He believed that the filthy condition of the city and the existence of the surrounding marshlands contributed to the disease. Most of his ideas were proven correct.
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