Pine River Good Samaritan Society celebrates company's centennial

Though the history is shorter locally, they continue a long tradition

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Pine River's Good Samaritan Society held a luncheon to commemorate the company's centennial Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022.

PINE RIVER — On Thursday, Oct. 6, the Good Samaritan Society of Pine River celebrated the 100th anniversary of the opening of the first Good Samaritan Home.

On Sept. 29, 1922, the Rev. August “Dad” Hoeger opened the six-bed Arthur Home in Arthur, North Dakota.

Today, there are 10,000 skilled nursing beds in 26 states. There are over 200 post acute, senior living, assisted living, home health and hospice facilities. There are 12 locations in Minnesota.

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Former Pine River-Backus teacher Bob Fladung played piano for residents during the Good Samaritan Society's centennial celebration in Pine River on Oct. 6, 2022.

The Whispering Pines Nursing Home opened in 1959 in the former Pine River Hospital.

A picture wall was created to commemorate the past 63 years. A luncheon was provided for the staff and residents. Bob Fladung, retired Pine River teacher, played piano music during the meal highlighting the popular songs of the years 1922 and 1959. Fladung was thanked for his 30 years of bringing music to the residents as a volunteer.


The Good Samaritan Society in Pine River has grown to three separate facilities - senior nursing, assisted living and senior apartments - as well as assistance from the Good Samaritan Home Health and Hospice.

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A photo wall commemorating the past 63 years at the Pine River Good Samaritan Society was on display during the Oct. 6, 2022, centennial celebration.

The Pine River Good Samaritan Society thanked present staff, past staff, families of the residents and past residents, area churches, area businesses and the greater community for their help and support these past years. The mission statement of the Good Samaritan Society in 1922 remains today: “In Christ’s Love; Everyone Is Someone."

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