Many folks who grew up in these parts of the country are pretty familiar with the name Yettie Kersting. Babies were brought into the world, and families took their sick and nursed their sick and injured to be healed at this haven. The hospital employed a significant number of Liberty County citizens over the years as well. Henrietta “Yettie” Kersting was born in Giddings, Lee County, was originally a part of Washington County. On October 17, 1863, Henry and Louisa Kersting welcomed her into their large family. Yettie was the youngest of five children. Her father passed away while she was a small child and her mother remarried. Yettie held a life-long respect for her stepfather and took care of him after her mother’s death.
Miss Yettie was a hard worker who soon became widely respected in Liberty as a businesswoman when it was rare for females. She was also single. Her dream of caring for people by establishing a hospital was realized in 1935 when she decided to leave most of her holdings to the citizens of Liberty County with the stipulation that a hospital be built. She ensured that care would also be given to blacks. Yettie had a massive impact on Liberty County as a philanthropist and a generous spirit to all races.
A historical marker was placed on the grounds during a lovely ceremony on Monday, June 28, by the Liberty County Historical Commission. Chair Linda Jamison has worked tirelessly across the county, placing markers at other important historical locales.