The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 10, 1950 · Page 36
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 36

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, October 10, 1950
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SECTION B—PAGE SIXTEEN (ARK..) COURIER NKWS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, Missco Medical FaciljtiesJnclude 5 Hospitals, 12 Clinics County's Growth' Paced by Steady Influx of Doctors Physician* Virtually Non-Existent in Early Day* Her* Shortly »(ler the turn of the century, back when the lands of the great. Mississippi Delta were being cleared of timber and the nrea was taking shape Into what Is now Mississippi County, medical facilities were piactlcally unheard of. Members of the early pioneer families of this county who suffered with minor ailments were either given the old reliable "home treatment" or treated by a much-overworked country doctor—if one was available. Occasionally some seriously stricken individual would be taken to Memphis to be cared for by a "city" doctor, but thrse cases were far and few between, for Memphis wns a long way off in [hope days of the horse and buggy, unreliable automobiles and almost impassable roads. 'Gradually, as the county assumed shape, more and more people, attracted by It.s agricultural possibilities, drifted in. And as the population increased, doctors, too, were attracted to the area and began lo move in. Flnt X-K»j Here In 1918 According to available records. the first x-ray machine was brought to the county by Dr. C, M. Harwell, who set up > clinic at Osce- o!a. the first county seat, fn 1916. Dr. Harwell, born in West Ten- rissee, had graduated from the University of Tennessee in 190S. and started practicing medicine In Os- ceols the same year. He brought fn his x-ray machine »hd other equipment in 1917 to give Osceoli its first real clinic. This cl'mc today has grown into a seven- room building with the latest diagnostic machinery. Dr. Harwell still operpus the clinic with the help of two assistants. Several other doctors found their wiy Into Mississippi County in the next few years, but the next Important revolution In county medical facilities came In 1923 when the tint hospital was established in Blytheville. This hospital came Into existence Ihrougri the co-operative efforts of Blytheville city officials. the Blytheville chamber of Commerce and Dr. P. L. Husbands, who • t th»t time was » practicing physician In Memphis. Dr. Husbands had ton* been Interested in establishing a small hos- piUl at his own, but had not been • bit fo find i suitable location He w« «ttracied to .Blytheville through • Chamber of Commerce «li*>)«y at i Memphis fair In 1922. ;j Ho«plUt Idem' Approred /learning of trie., great need for adequate medical 'facilities In this nrea. Dr. Husbands was delighted by the opportunity Blytheville of- feied and immediately beean negotiating with the city through the Chamber of Commerce to establish a hospital hr The city agreed lo furnish a site on the southeast corner of Main •nd Franklin streets If the doctor would builrt and equip (he hospital end nm it as a municipal project. Tlo this Dr. Husband readily agreed and construction began In the fall of 1923. By mld-J823, one section of the new building had been completed ana provided with the latest equipment. An Innovation of the new hospital was all-metal furniture throughout which gave It the distinction of being one of the first in the country 'to be so equipped. The hospital began operating as an open hospital with Dr. Husbands the surgeon In charge and Dr. W. A. Grlmmctt a.s his assistant. Then, In 1926, the second section was completed. The completed buildlne as It was In 1926 and as 11 is today, consists of three stories, with n rooms on each floor. Twenty-four patient rooms containing 30 beds make up the top floor. On the center, or main, floor are located the reception room, offices. x-ray machinery and other modern equipment used by the hospital. Nurses quarters and a modern kitchen Is on the lower floor. Retires and Then Returns Falling health forced Dr. 7fus- bands to relinquish his position in 1927. He sold his" building to the city and with it pave all the equipment he had Installed. This amounted to about $18.000 worth of the latest hospital equipment. Trie city. In turn, leased the hospital lo Dr. T. L. Tipton. and Dr. Tipton server! as surgeon in charge until 1929. When Dr. Tipton decided to turn the hospital back to the city in 1929 Dr. Husbands, whose health had taken a turn for the belter, decided to return to his former position. He then leased the hospital and remained as Its director until Dr. M.' Long succeeded him In the early 1830's. The present director, Dr. L. L. Hubcner. leased the hospital a wut •even years ago after having sorv- •d several years with the Dyess Hospital. Dr. Hubener came lo Mississippi County about 1934 and was director o fthe Dycss Hospital before he leased the city hospital in 1943. Dr Hubener, who was born In McComb, Miss., completed his work for «''doctor's degree at the University of Arkansas. At the present time, his brother, Dr, L. P. Hubener, U associated with him at trie elty hospital. The latter i World War TI veteran, was born In New Orleans and also l< » graduate of the University of Arkansas. He came to Blytheville four yem «go. Hoard i|M OharR* Under the pretenl »el-up > llv«- Blytheville Given Charter in 1891 member board has charge of leasing and collecting lease money, which Is turned over to the city. This board Includes J. Louis Cherry. Dr. J. H. Taylor, Loy Welch, Jesse"Taylor and Louis o. Nash. The same year that Blytheville Hospital .was established, a doctor from Brunswick, Tenn.. Dr. L. D, Massey, opened a new clinic In Osceola. Dr. Massey, n graduate of the Univerity of Tennessee in 1921, served a two-year internship in the John Gaston Hospital at Memphis and then decided to cast his lot with environment of Mississippi County. He Is a member of the American College of physicians. Today he has a well-equipped, 12-room clinic There he carries on lis general 'practice. Dr. Massey's clinic Is for diagnosis only and he does not accept over-night patients. In 1929. a similar clinic was set up In the South Mississippi County seat by another Tennessee graduate. Dr. w. J. Sheddan. Dr. Sheclaan Is a native Osceolan and completed work on his doctor's degree at Tennessee University in 1915. He began practice in Osceola In 1916 and began operating his clinic in ]S29. HE served two years in the Army during World War I! His clinic today consists of seven modernly-equlpped rcoms and, like Dr. Massey's, is for diagnostic.pur- poses only. Dyess Hospital'sit''Up In '34 Mississippi -County's second hospital came into existence in the fall of 1934 when Dr. L. I,. Hubener, present city hospital director, set up one In Dyess. the litlle community that was itself established earlier the same year. When • Dr. Knottier leased the Blylheville Hospital. Dr. o. F. Hollingsworth tooi: charge at Dyess and Is today the director of Ihe little hospital that has been so beneficial to that community. This hospital has three private roms and two wards with two beds each, it Is equipped with a modern X-ray machine, laborato- j rics. kitchen, nurses quarters and 1 many of the features of a larger ! hospital. I Dr. Hollingsworth Is a native of j Hampton. Ark., where he practiced for several years after graduating from Arkansas University in 1923. He was affiliated with the Arkansas State Tuberculosis Sanitarium at Booneville from 1938 until 1942, when he took over ;r_ Dyess. Dr. Hollingsworth n-.\v operates Ihe Dyess Hospital with the help of seven employees. Blythevillc's newest hospital came on the scene in 1938 when Dr. and . Mrs. J. M, Walls established a 20- j bed building at Hcarn and Division i Streets. This hospital was enlarged j to a 40-bcd capacity in 1941 and j ten more beds were added in 1D43.1 Has 63 Rooms j Today the three-story fireproof i building consists of about 62 rooms j and Is equipped with the latest in X-ray and other diagnostic equipment, u has n nursery equipped to handle 12 babies, an electric Incubator, a kitchen equipped with an electric dishwasher, a new operating room and its own privately- owned pharmacy. Four physicians nave their offices in the hospital. These four, Dr. F. E. Utley. Dr. B. T. Brcokman, Dr. D. C. McLean and Dr. Walls. Dr. J. M. Jernigan also maintained his office there until he was called back into the Army. In addition, the hospital has n visiting staff of about ten other doctors. Miss Georgia Lee Stuart, a registered pharmicist. is In charge of the hospital pharmacy. Dr. Walls, owner o! the hospital, was born in Heber Springs, Ark., and was graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1931. After practicing for several years in Searcy, Ark., he came to Blvthevilte where he was nn assistant to Dr. Husbailds at Blytheville Hospital for a while. Laler he set up an office in the building now occupied by Grabcr's Stoic. From Ihere he moved to the hospital when it was completed in 1938. Dr. Walls served as an Army medical officer in World War TT. Two Clinics Srt l!p The .same year Dr. Walls opened his hospital. Mississippi County's clinics were Increased by two when Dr. i. R. Johnson opener! one In Blytheville ar.d Dr. N.B. Ellis set up one In Wilson. Dr. Johnson, a native of Batosville. Miss., was graduated from the Uni- versity of Tenner-see In 1912'and later—1935 and 1936—took refresher courses In New York and Memphis. He came to Blytheville in 1910 where he had several offices until he finally established one in the Ingram Building where he remained from 1926 until he set up his clinic in 1B38 at 510 West Main. Dr. Johnson was a member of the,Medical Advisory Board of Mississippi County during World War II and is a past president of Ihe Mississippi County Medical Society. At the present time he is a member of the Procurement and Alignment Committee which ha.s the authority to decide which local rihv- sicians are eligible to be called .nto active service in the present con- [ Illct and which are essential to the • area. ! Dr. Johnson's clinic consists of a 14-room air-conditioned bMildln^J completely equipped with X-ray,] dark room, laboratory and other j modern machinery for diaguosU. j Down in the Southern part of the county. Dr. N. B. Ellis, another I Tennessee graduate, brought a: clinic to Wilson that same j after • brief period ol practicing i medicine in KeLser, Dr. Hunter Cox : was an a.ssociate of Dr. Ellis at the time. Served With British Army Dr. EllLs. who was born in Murray, Ky.. received hl5.. : degrce--froin the TenneV^ee Medi'cai": : ScHo61 in, 1913 and/riiief.a brief'•fhfe'r'rfnier.t'j in Memphjs'set up a practice in His* native. Kentucky. ;,' . .';• ;.j However, World War I interrupt^ I ed hi*^practice. He was called In' the.^s_qrvice an( j loaned to trie British .Army who wa.s in dire riee4 of doctors. . . '.. - ,-After the war. he set np'an office at Keisef," in 1919, later moving to Wilson in 1924. Today, with his modern clinic. Dr. Ellis, along with his associate j Dr. Ehlon Fairly, are handling the medical needs of the people of Wilson and the surrounding area. Dr. Thoma.s Hudson brought ihe next clinic to Mississippi County in 1939 when he built one nt Luxora. He sold his clinic in 1947 to j Dr. D. H. Blodgetl, who has just' completed a year of po:t graduate i work at Tulane University after' having spent five years in medical service with the Navy. Dr. Blndeett had originally received his degree i from Ihe University ol Arkansas Medical School in 194D. Eyes Expansion Today, Dr. Blodgett. who was born in Little Rock, is in charge of i the Luxnra clinic, which has two I examination rooms, one delivery room, and one bed for overnight ' patients. It also has the latest tjpc of equipment. Dr. Blodsett has dreams of ex- ', pandiiiR the clinic by two or three ! mote rooms which j.ou!d include 1 four more beds. The realization of these dreams depend entirely upon the present war situation. j Hlythevillc's first eye. nose, car j and throat clinic was established : in 1D34 by Dr. Floyd Webb, a graduate ol Tennessee University, and ' a second was built in 1940 by Dr J. A. Salibn. a native of Svria. ! After a general practice in scv- i eral Tennessee towns and tr>ur years ' III the army during Worlrt War 1. • Dr. Webb took a post-graduate course at the Tiilane University ; ear. eye. nose and throat hospital In New Orleans and set up his -, clinic here in 1934. ; He was joined by his son. Dr ' Jack Webb about n months ago The younger Dr. Webb Is a graduate of Arkansas University and 'also did post-graduate work at Tulane. He was on Ihe staff or an Army hospital in Panama during world War II. Dr. Saliba came to Ihe United Stales in 1898 and was naiiirallred In Cairo. Ill, in 1903. He holds degrees from Eninry University of Atlanta and chicaeo miyc'linlc where he studied eye, ear', nose and treatment. He aho has n degree in elcctrolhcraputirs from National College of Lima. Ohio. ' ' He came to Rlythevllle in 1918 and had offices at different places in the- business district until riti built his clinic at 128 E. Kentucky , In 1910. Also on Advlsorv Board During World War 'n. Dr. Saliba WM a member of the Medical : Advisory Board, His clinic today contains the latent equiomcn! ei- i I .sential for effective treatment of! the head organs. j A fourth hospital came to the] county In 1940 when Dr. H. D. Robinson built, one at Manila. Dr. Robinson operated the hospital until his dc:>th in 1945. The hospital remained cUvcd tor about a year .and then in 1946 Dr Roberl w. Ralton, fresh from medical service with the Navy in World War II, re-opened it. \ Prior to his entrance into the i service. Dr. Ration, a native of Newark, Ark., received his degree from the University of Tennessee in 1942. ' " j Today his hospital provides modern medical facilities for Manila ; and [he surrounding territory. It can handle ten overnight, patient;, j and is equipped with a modern X- [ ray machine, laboratory, opc'ratus; : room, delivery room," treatment' rooms and a nursery | o handle four' babies. Twelve employee.? assist Dr. • nation in running (he hospital. : It was not until four later! lhat other clinics came to the conn- < ty. Dr. J. L. Tidwell established an- > other one in Blytheville in 1944 ai-d about ihe same time Dr. V. R. Fox set up one in Manila. ' • ' • Dr. Tidwell. who had come to : Blytheville from Dell only a jear before establishing his clinic nt 903 Chicka.sawba, studied medicine j ;U. ihe University of Louisville, from '' .xhich he was graduated In 1909. i Moved to Doll in 1917 i j. Alter practicing in Northern Mis-, sissippi- and Southern Tennessee for- several years, he heard of Mississippi County's need for phy.-.j- cians and decided to cast his lot with, this area. He moved to Drll in 1917 where he served until he came to Blytheville in 19-13. Dr. Tidwell's clinic Is a t«n-rurim building which include., four bedrooms for overnight patient.?. It has X-ray, delivery room, treatment rooms and a dispensary from which' Dr. Tidwell dispenses,his own med- j iclne. i Dr. V. R. Fox. another pioneer Mississippi rjoumian. set up a clinic in Manila in 1944 after havin* practiced medicine there since 1914. Dr. Fox. a native KcntucWan completed his school work at the University of Louisville in 1928 a year before Blythevillc's Dr. Tidl- City's Population Gain Exceeds 15,000 In Past Half Century Continued from Page 1 Section B number of -small areas were annexed to the city. The following year, voters in Biythevillc approved an- iiexntlnn to the city of ureas on all four sides of the city. This expansion of the city limits doubled the land area of Blytheville and added about 4,000 residents. Other developments that have aided in the continuing growth of Klylheville include the street-wid- enini; jlropram that resulted in broadening of A-sh Street nnd portions of Walnut. Chlcknsnwbu. BriKirtivay, nnd Fifth Streets. Further street widening is contemplated when finances become available. Another such development \va.i the beginning of construction of the of three? low-rent hou.iing pro- jr:ls that will eventually eont.ribute 330 .such dwelling nulls to ihe yet-1 .uiiMjlved lioii.sin^ shortage here. In coiurnstins early Blytheville wuh the present city, nearly every SJJimecr resident mentions the muddy streets that existed until the pnvin:- was laid in 1918. , Stories of the difficulties impos- j ed by these dirt roads are varied I and many. They include the time a \ mule fell on Main Street and drowned in the mud before he could ' he hauled to his feet, and the fact • that it often took four mule.s to] move a wagon loaded with just enough loose cotton to make a bale. Although the founder of Blytheville diod 40 years ago. [here are ei^ht descendants of the Rev. Mr. Blythc that reside here today. These include a daughter, Mrs. E. E. Hardin, the former Miss Kva H. Blythe. anil six granddaughters, and a grandnlece. The granddaughters include Miss Eiiabeth Blyihe, | who now is county clerk; MLS.S \ Evebn Blythe, Mrs" Jesse Tajlor. I Miss Millie Allison, Mrs. Charles i Cricgcr and Mrs. Bancroft Terry.) The: gr.indniece is Mrs. W. T. M^lin, the former Miss Ruth Blvthe. Walls Hospital well. After serving a snort internship with a Louisville hospital, he practiced in various places in Kentucky until coming to Manila. His clinic was set up with facilities for seven overnight patient*. Two years after Dr. fox's clinic- was set up in Manila, another hcsrital marie its appearance in the county—this time at Leachville. In 19J3. Dr. T. N. Hodman from Dr. Ration's hometown of Newark. Ark., received his degree from the University of Arkansas and looked about for a place to begin his practice. Selects I.eachville, After serving a three-year internship he selected Leachville as the spot for his practice. He moved there nnd took over a hospital that had been built the year before by Dr. J. F. Brownson, now of Blytheville, who had closed It because of bad health. Today Dr. Rodman's hospital has facilities for 13 overnight patients. The 13 beds are included in nine rooms. For treatments and diagnostic purposes Dr. Rodman has X-ray equipment, a laboratory, modern nursery and his own laundry. Dr. Rodman is assisted by Dr. C. B. Bradburn. a urologist, in the management of the hospital. Seven others Including nurses are also employed by Dr. Rodman. Dr. M. L. Smaller added another clinic to Blytheville's ever-growing medical facilities in July nf 1347 when he built a ten-room, one- story building on the corner of Second and Vine. Dr. Skalier was born in Memphis and obtained his degree trom the Washington University Medical School of St. Louis in 1938 after which he served two years iniern- ship in the St. Louis City Hospital. He set up an office over the First National Dank In Hlythevilte iu 1940. later moving to the" Ingram Building where he remained until 1948. Returns lo Hlythevllle In 1948. he suffered a heart attack and was forced, to stop practice. He moved to corpus Christi, Texas, but- as his condition took a turn for the better he decided to return to Blytheville. His new clinic was opened in July of 1947. Today, it has a nursery with facilities for two babies, an X-ray room, dark room, delivery room, examination room, laboratory, kitchen facilities, and four beds. One of the leatures of the exam- inging room is a machine invented by Dr. Smaller himself, which enables an cxaming physician to determine the type of heart ailment of a person with a bad heart condition. This machine is called the Skaller Dielectrin and is in use in several Army hospitals today. Dr. Sfealler is the possessor of a National Board Certificate whtch allows him to practice medicine in any state. A nine-room modern clinic at 1201 West Ash is owned by Dr. J. F. Brownson and was built in 1948 after its owner had built and spcnl some lime in charge of the hospital at Leachville. Practiced In Iowa Dr. Brownson received his degree rrom St. Louis University and practiced medicine in Iowa for about 15 years as a surgeon before going to Leachville. Bad health forced him lo abandon his Lcachvitle project and he decided to establish himself in Blytheville. when his health improved. Dr. Brownson built his clinic and opened up on Jan. 2. 1948. "*" h e air-conditioned clinic includes a complete X-ray machine with dark room, laboratory, waiting rooms for both white and Negro patients, and various tre'attnent rooms. Dr. Brownson has facilities to perform ait but major work. Another clinic was set up in Osccola in 1948 when Dr. William Sllverblatt. established a one-bed arrangement which Includes X-ray Long Time Favorites in "Cotton Land" ill Shapes Genuine Special Carbon Steel—Hand Sharpened and ready for field use. Lending dealers P very where feature liiinly "Ked Point" Shapes Ask your dealer T alxml (he NEW High Speed Sweeps No. 3 for High Speed Tractor Cultivation nrinly Wing Sweep Distributed by ORGILL BROTHERS & CO. Wholesale Exclusively Our 104th Year Memphis, Tenn. j acksorli Mis8 County 'Young' As History Goes DeSoto Explored Area 292 Years Prior To Its Chartering Continued from Page I Section B menU include the oleomargarine plant in Osceola. canning plants in Blytheville and Osceola and the Rice Stix shirt factory which .was established in Blytheville In 1937. Rural Population Drop* Mechanization in farming and a resultant decrease In rural population have been notices'oie in the past 10 years In the county. For Instance, the 1950 censui gave the county a population of 82,339 persons—a gain of 2,000 ovsr the 1940 census report, While the county showed only a 2.000 increase, Blytheville afoiw Jumped from 10.000 lo 10,000 an Osceola went from 3.000 in 19-10 (~ 5,000 in 1950. Smaller towns a! showed gains. Barring total war and scarcity ot materials, it would be logical to look for expanded industrial development in Blytheville and Osceola, twin hubs of the county's retail sales area. Merchants in both cities hav« realized that the rural population loss can best be offset by increased urban population—n-hich they hop» to bring about by attracting Industry to the area, equipment, nursery nnd other facilities for treatments. Served With Army Dr. Sili-erblatt, who was born in Memphis, was graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1945 am j after serving two years In the Army, decided to set up a djnic in Osceola. Thus » county that at one time was almost isolated from medical care now has modern clinics an* hospitals with the latest equipment and manned by skilled docton available to people in all parts ol the county. The five hospitals and twelvi clinics along with the County Health Unit and doctors of the county have played a great part in maintaining the health standard! the county has today. BE SURE OF THE BEST! Since 1SS3 Let us help you solve your musical problems—whether it be Pianos, Organs, Band or Orchestral instruments. We have the largest selection of Sheet Music and Teachers' Supplies in the Mid-South. Houck's Honor Roll of Famous Names 1'IANOS Mason & Hamlin Chickering Everett Cable-Nelson Wurlilzer INSTRUMENTS Martin Guitars National Guitars * ™ A New Home and Entertainment Orgaa h WuRLlTzfTR ta n - MM* rr - ntr nt •OW OM MWiAT M 01 Olds & Holtoti Hand Instruments MAIL ORDERS GIVEN PROMPT ATTENTION Ifi E»» r T» W.j rrom H»«cK'». . . 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