Dr. Seymour Emans, who was practicing in New York City, first came to Saranac Lake because of ill health. He had reached a fair state of health again when asked by high officials of the Independent Order of Foresters to become the medical superintendent at the new Rainbow Sanatorium to which they were beginning to send patients from all sections of the United States. Dr. Emans had been recommended to the post by Dr. Edward R. Baldwin and other Saranac Lake physicians.
Anxious to return to his practice in the metropolis, Dr. Emans hesitated about accepting the offer but at last consented to serve four months, during which he hoped to put the new venture on a smooth working basis. Because he became greatly interested in the work, he remained for the duration of the sanatorium's existence. He devoted his entire time making the sanatorium one of the most notable in the country. Many improvements were made under his direction. The buildings, grounds, farm, roads were all made to give better service to the end that patients, medical staff and all employees might enjoy a full measure of happiness and comfort. Those who had long been familiar with conditions at the Rainbow Sanatorium asserted that it had accomplished a worthy work under the leadership of Dr. Emans. They called attention to its record of more than a thousand patients, scores of whom had received a new lease of life at Rainbow Lake.
Besides his work for the sanatorium, Dr. Emans also served the surrounding community. The only physician for miles around, Dr. Emans never failed them in all the years he was at the sanatorium, despite his not being in active practice. By all the folk of the region he was regarded as a kind friend as well as a skilled physician. Dr. Emans lived out the last years of his life in a small home in Gabriels on the Rainbow-Onchiota Road.
Source: Adirondack Daily Enterprise, August 28, 1930.