Anderson Herald (Anderson, Indiana) 4 October 1956 Page 16
Fired 3 Times In Week, Hurls Awards Charge M A D I S O N , Fla. (UP) - A 'oman doctor called the five Madson Madson County commissioners "a cowards" Wednesday went before them to unch of 'hen she ear herself fired for the third me in a week because she had unch with a Negro. Attractive, blonde Dr. Deborah loggins repeatedly asked the commission commission for a list of charges gainst her. But after whispered onversations with '.heir attorney, he commissioners gave her no xplanallon. "You are all a bunch of cow- rds," she cried, pointing . her ngef at the five commissioners. You're fools. All 'of you. Fools." After her outburst the commis- ion turned to ther county husi- ess, ending the final phase of the ismissal of Dr. Coggins as public ealth officer in a three - county rea of this "deep-South" section " Florida. The controversy started Aug. 22 then Dr. Coggins held a business onfercnce. over lunch with Ethel (irkland, a midwife consultant or the State Health Department. waitress in the restaurant here eporlcd Dr. Coggins to the county ommissioners. On Sept. 5 the commissioners oted to fire the slate's only 'Oman health officer on grounds County youth Tuesday night. A hundred young folks came together io hear Tony Hale, of Miami, International Christian Y o Fellowship president. He is a sophomore in Phillips University, preparing for the ministry, and was a member of last This feature will appear in this newspaper every wock from now on for your entertainment entertainment and pleasure, sponsored sponsored by CUNNINGHAM'S SEWING MACHINE SERVICE, SERVICE, 4115 Haverhill Drive. "Watch It" and keep posted on where to buy NEW SEWING SEWING MACHINES -- with a liberal trade in allowance she was trying to break dowi segregation traditions. The com missioners made their decision while seated in an automobil parked near the Four Freedom monument, a memorial for thei hometown hero and also the try's first World War II hero Army Air Force Capt. Colin Later the other two countie served by Dr. Coggins, Jefferson md Taylor, voted to dismiss also! The Madison County commis sioners asked if anyone had any thing to say in the case. Hobert H. Browning, heal!] educator in the tri-counly area urged the commissioners to re scind their action and keep the 32-year-old health officer. "This is a chance to practice find of Christianity you profess,' 16 said. "We need her leadership With one sweep of the hand lave removed the last vestige permanent public health leader ship for 40,000 people." "What Dr. Coggins did had more to do with integration drinking a cup of Russian tea ^o do with spreading communism.' T.C. Merchant, editor of the Madison Enterprise-Recorder, sail Â·he commission "invaded Dr. gins' right of privacy" by theii action. He said the private room of the restaurant in which Coggins and the Negro ate was the "equivalent to a room her home." Dr. Coggins got in the last "I'm going to slay in Madison you are going to have to look me a long time," she said. Kariier Die attractive mother 'lirce children said she intended lo join her husband, also a physician, physician, in private practice here. said she had rejected job offers from the Allegheny Health Department Department at Pittsburgh, Pa., and Shasta County, California. The California offer was $840 more a year, than her $8,100 paid here.