Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on October 1, 1949 · Page 3
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Mason City, Iowa
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Saturday, October 1, 1949
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Glo6*3 Times- Dr. Siflla Mason Tells of Travels, Expserences of 56 Years Practice y WANDA |AiiLACE Carrying a co*h draw-string g containing twJJlankets in one nand .-and a. "goolooking 1 ' card- Doard suitcase jr light-weight ^.fgage in the off hand, Mason ^«ys, woman letor saw the £ ^^t Pace lit 3 times. + . *i s .her snapfe bright eyes ™%givfj her awf'and set you at easetheimornenljou look past the .-roU-toppedj^sk'at the wo- ji' Doctor inle swivel chair. 'is 'still livingvery minute of life as if thwinutes pass in "Indian file. i ! "^dy! Ladyiwhat ,do you want?" Dr. ste M.' Mason answers laughingl hen asked how she could circle]? globe by herself '-3- times, vett'ing into countries where she lew not soul nor aid she speak fl language. ^Theh seeing ti puzzled expression on the qu-frner's face the doctor goes onti explain, "It makes no difftice where you go, if you talk Bash long enough and loud enow someone will come calling, do you want? 1 Lady! What k DR. STELLA M. MASON the case I wore out. I'm on my 2nd one now." Her first years here Dr. Mason used to wear white dresses fr"om early spring until as late as she could in the fall. When asked where she got the desire to travel, the doctor replied, "I never knew what the word vacation was until I came here to practice. When a doctor is starting in a new practice she has plenty of spare time to read I remembered all my countries from my ancient history courses and school studies and I enjoyec the William E. Curtis letters. He wrote about plaqes all over the world, telling just where to go to see certain' things." Plans World Trip It was a long time before sh got to travel, according to Di Mason, so she had plenty of tim to plan where she wanted to go First she built her building, then And then heejes light up and she smiles as i: Mailing the times someone had eifto her rescue. This doctor [id has served the community fo^ years over half a century is Cosmopolitan woman in the trisense of the word. •On entering ri office rooms one finds her indijluality refreshing, her talk encl?ting as she is a great scholar,iolding 5 degrees and she ha|iead the Bible through 85 tirs and twice in the Douay versio^nd even had audiences with pljfferent Popes on her trips to line. She is an excellent mimichaking people and places come tfife when she mentions them anfew people possess her ready set of humor. Women's Jffhts Supporter She has b$ an untiring supporter of -wotfi's rights since the days when Qrie' Chapman Catt was waging 1| battle for suffrage and she is die member of the National Arfican Woman Suffrage associajn. Pointing tcjie n^smbership certificate she fid, "That piece of paper cost r $100 but it was :\ worth it." Jen she added, "It i used to be tt when anyone saw i me' coming jwh the street they , would . immeitely think of equal ! suffrage. Thjocal club had a def- r? inite influen here." . ; * "We don'jome anywhere near t having equarights'for women in he began to plan for a trip' u-ound the world. 'I never bought an automobile and I figure if I had put my money into a car I wouldn't have had enough money to go around the vorld," she said. "I made calls vith a taxi." •'And too, there was just one of ne," she continued. "Of course, the longer time I had to plan, the jigger my ideas grew until I was not satisfied in seeing only one or 2 countries." "If I had to live out from under Old Glory I'd rather live in Bergen, Norway, than in any other place in the world," Dr. Mason said. And' when she speaks of it her voice takes on an almost reverent tone, "Oh, that's a great place." In telling of her travels the doctor said, "I found out in traveling that there is never a boat so full or a hotel so crowded tha' one can't get service if he shakes his pocketbook. They wake up right away." Nothing Lasts Forever "Nothing lasts forever so traveler should adapt himself tc circumstances. Don't be fussy i you make up your mind to trave or people will spot you as an in experienced traveler." "I often wish I'd been born a nan," the doctor said, "but since wasn't 1 have never tried to act ike one." Dr. Mason's first trip was a vinter trip of G months in 1920-21 vhen she sailed from San Francisco to the Hawaiian Islands, Samoan Islands, and Australia, hen north to the Philippines and Hhina, on to India, Egypt, Arabia, Palestine, Syria, Greece and final- y through the countries of Europe with a special trip to the North pe and then home, sailing from Southampton to New York. Her 2nd world tour of 6 months was made in the summer of 1925 when she sailed from San Francisco to Yokohama and the principal cities of Japan, then on to Peking, taking in northern China, Shanghai, Hongkong, Singapore, Ceylon to Egypt for a second visit and to countries of Europe, touring Spain for the first time and making extensive summer journeys through Norway, Sweden and northern Scotland. Returning home she sailed from Liverpool to Quebec. On 2nd World Trip On this second trip she sailed the Caledonian canal across Scotland, the Inland sea — a canal across Japan—from Kobe to the west coast of Japan and the ful" length of the Suez canal which she had Journeyed over in her first world tour. Her 3rd and last world lour of 4 months was made in the summer of 1934. She sailed from Seattle to Yokohama for a second visit in Japan. From there she went to Vladivostok, Russia, and journeyed 6,500 miles across Siberia, stopping at all the principal cities with a week in Moscow. It ;ook 9 days by rail to travel from Vladivostok to Moscow. From :here she went to Warsaw, Po- .and, and then to Berlin, to Munich, to Nurnberg, to Oberammergau where she saw the Passion Play. From there she went to Inns- aruck, Austria, and then to the principal cities in Switzerland anc Italy for 2nd Rome she had observations. In an audience with Pope Pius XI who had succeeded the Holy Father, whom she had interviewed on her first trip. After another week in Paris anc other cities in France she sailec from Calais, France, to New York This world vagabond of such strange experiences has visilec every state in the union, the provinces of Canada twice and Mexico with South American republic yet to visit. Dr. Mason was a charter mem ber of the Cerro Gordo County /Tedlcal society, serving the so-1 iety as both president and secre- iry. For 20 years she was active n service as director of the Maon City Building and Loan asso- iation. "It. is perfectly amazing all these ew words and names in the cience of medicine," Dr. Mason aid. "And each new name means here have been years and years f research behind the finding of ome new drug," , • Give Doctors Time "Give the doctors in the United States credit for what they have pund put," she continued. "The ime will come when they will find the cause of and cure of cancer. But they must have time. They can't learn everything in a minute." • "No science has made greater progress than the science of medicine," Dr. Mason said. "The poor are taken care of in America better than in any other country in the world. Look how the people o England are rushing for medica care because they think they are getting something for nothing while it-all comes out of their taxe and paychecks." "Under a voluntary set-up in the United States the people hay plenty of medical care," Dr. Mason continued. "There isn't a docto -pt. 30, 1949 £ Uion City Globe-Gazette, Mnien CHy, Ift. vho won't go if he is called. He vill do something. It's not just be- ause I'm in the medical profession hat I think this but there isn't ny profession that does so much or people as doctors here in America. You can't get a pound if sugar at a grocery store if you laven't money to pay for it by a certain time but a doctor doesn't urn you down." Fifty Year Club Although Dr. Stella M. Mason s a woman she has a lot of weight Behind her words because she has watched the tide of medicine weep across the country and taken a part in the forward march of medicine. As the Iowa State Medical Society Certificate awarded her for membership in its Fifty Year club reads: "It is not given to many of us to achieve this distinction and we honor ^ou who . do, You have lived through an important era in the history of medicine; you have soen many new advances in the techniques of diagnosis and treatment; you have had a part in this forward march." In such a way has one doctor served this community. I [laving equarights the United iates today and we probably wft in my day," Dr. Mason said; I The doctj gives some of the ! good old ounon seiVse. .advice for which doctor)?is n&t*id when she says, '•'. t>u can't d_6; everything in a |time. -The important thing is tonake up your mind and be sati^d after you've made it up. Nevewish you'dfdone the other thing 1 ''"?'$— • "Another'important -\ thing is learn to IE on your income," she contins. "It'doesn't matter what yourbusiness is. My first ferent states but didn't get any single word of encouragement. And I don't believe a woman medical student would today either." "The 7 doctors practicing here when I came were all good to me," she continued. "They came and called on me although it was my place to call on them. Mason City was better to me than most towns would have been to a woman doctor." First Days Here "I was a general practitioner— —and never had a specialty," Dr. Mason said. "I couldn't have if I wanted to eat three times a day." My first, office was over the old library that used to be located where Currie's is now. Mason City had only 5,000 population with no paved streets or sidewalks and no one had a telephone my first years here alter coming in 1893. The street lights were even gas and had to be lighted every night." Dr. Mason remembers that the building now used by Hamilton School of Commerce known as the Parker Opera house was the largest building in Mason City when she came here. The old First Methodist church stood where the Holahan building now stands while the tiny stone building known as the courthouse stood where the Eadmar hotel now stands. "Since I started practice here there have been 7 women doctors who have started in and left again," Dr. Mason said. "But they didn't starve me out, I stayed. I answered calls day and night in the city and country and small :owns around here. Of course I wore long dresses but even though it is supposed to take women longer to dress than men, the doctors said that I got there ]ust as quick as they .could. . .-.. "It wasn't proper to bob one's hair in those days and when someone suggested I cut mine I told them I thought the patients year I mac expenses and I used to collect ipretty good share of my bills." : Mad Up Her Mind In speahg or her, own life, Dr. Masoiiaid, "I made up my mind whal wanted to?; do and I did it. lave been and;still am satisfied. Eras sit ting-looking out the winded one day at .home in Edgewoodand decided? that I would stur medicine."! For twoyears she read under Dr. Amos sabcock of Neiff Hampton, a grauate of Rush'Medical college. Tien she studied three years at te only medical college of Chicagcopen to both|inen and women atthat time. ^ "I'd ne^r been-to Mijon City before I dcided to practice here," she said. I wrote letters to dif- would excuse me if my hair was not combed so perfect on night calls," the doctor continued. "I wouldn't think of cutting my hair in those days. "I'd take a Cadwell livery team for my calls and some nights it was so dark I wouldn't know which team they gave me," she went, on." First Patient Living: "By the way my first patient is still living," the doctor said wiih a sly smile. "Then I got a red bicycle—one of the first in Mason City," she said. "I rode it 10 or 12 years and by that time it was pretty badly delapidated. 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