The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 19, 1954 · Page 2
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, May 19, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS WEDNESDAY, MAT 19, 1954 EOLA NEWS arr Dr. FL Husbands Built First Hospital in Mississippi County The fellow who got there "firttest with the mostest" applies-to Dr. P. L. Husband*, who pioneered hospitals in Mississippi County. The "Old Doctor," as he is-affectionately called by members o£ his profession and by those who are close to him, built the first hospital between' Cape Girardeau and Memphis on a site provided by the city.Tha-t was in 1922, and that hospital, the-,Blytheville Hospital, held the recognition of being among the first hospitals in the United States to be completely equipped with metal, furnishings. v Hospitals have come a long way in those 32 years in providing equipment essential to today's modern world. Before the Blytheville Hospital was built, a lot of lives were lost from diseases that today are considered as being almost a necessary evil. Those were the days when a person had appendicitis and it was called an old-fashioned "belly-ache" and was treated by some member 4)f the family who had a sure-cure for everything, until the appendix burst and gangrene set in and then ho country doctor in the world could save him . HOSPITALS at one v time were established only in the larger ci ties, but now most wide-awak counties are ""erecting them to tak some of the strain off city hos pitals. The first institution organize was founded in the year 369 a Caesarea, in Cappadocia, by Sain Basil. The rise of monasticism dur ingr th« Middle Ages was an. import ant factor in the development o hospitals, for nursing was one o the functions of the religious orders of medieval Europe. Whether the term "Caesarean Section'" was named for the first hospital or that the birth of Caesar was performed in that manner according to what I remember hearing when I studied Ca«w.r, isn't too certain, but I do know this—Dr. Husbands performed the first Caesarean section ever to be performed in Blytheville. As all doctors who bring babies into this world have a tender feeling for each life they feel responsible for. Dr. Husbands speaks in his soft manner of ."the little fellow"—who probably now is a father. He also injected the first anti- meningitis serum and did the first lumbar puncture to be performed In Mississippi County. : * * * NOW RETIRED from his profession and devoting his entire time to f«ming and stock-raising, he is wearing out all his old tailor-made •uits he accumulated when he was practicing at the hospital to say _ : J Dr. Husbands diagnosis: ' 'fiddling-feet'' Husbands has gone back to his raising and loves every minute of it. He was born in Capiah County, Miss., where he spent his early life working on his father's farm and attending a rural school. He was graduated from Braxton, Miss., high school. (At the latest census taking, Braxton, in case you are wondering about it, had a population of 220.) After graduating from high school. Dr. Husbands attended Clarke Memorial College at Newton, Miss. Now Newton, in case yu're wodering about IT, had a population, at the last census taking of 1,800. But you know how these Mississippians are—they leave you in mid-air about their Alma Mater—there is a college of some sort on every turn row. Size doesn't matter. All his life, Dr. Husbands knew he wanted to be a surgeon, but; ;here were no family funds to put him through 1 medical school, so Memphis and was graduated there in 1913. After his internship in the old Memphis General Hospital (now John Gaston) he went to Mason, nothing of the gallon hat he is seen wearing now. Having been born and raised on a farm, Dr. he began teaching school to save or his tuition. Teaching was a oorly paid profession back in those days, but there wasn't any other hoice in a lot ol cases where young eople could get jobs; older men ould be hired for small salaries and they had had experience, so othing but teaching was left for oung people, who are blessed with more patience. » * * DR. HUSBANDS taught in three schools during the two full years he taught. He saved enough to enter the University of Tennessee in Kee P aU Summer J -wonderfully warm all winter WiTH NATURAL GAS AIR CONDITIONING For the healthiest climate in the world, equip your home with "Year Round" Natural Gas Air Conditioning. You control the heat . . . summer and winter. You bathe every nook and corner of your home with constantly changing, sweet, dehumidified fresh air at the healthiest temperature. You filter out dust, pollen and bacteria* And you don't have to do any more than flip i switch. No wonder more and more home-owners are building perfect indoor weather right Into their homes with Natural Gas "Year Round" air conditioning. Art-Mo Power Co. jf Tenn., in 1914, and set up an office as a country doctor. The first automobile in the town of Mason was owned by Dr. Husbands—a Ford roadster with brass gas lights that he kept polished as bright as a new penny. Cars were of no use in the winter time as there, were no hard roads. When winter came, the car was lacked up and a tarpaulin thrown over it until there was no danger of a spring freeze, and his visits were made in a buggy, a wagon, on hprseback or by walking. In 1915, Dr. Husbands was appointed house surgeon for the State Charity Hospital in Vicksburg, Miss., where he spent four years. The day he landed on this job was the first day of registration for World War I, and being young and "rearing to go," he went up to get his classification and was told he was underweight (and puny, Dr. Husbands added) and was put in 5-C. which meant they would be taking women and children b'efore he got his call. * • * AFTER, THE surrender — as a Southern general would refer to a war — Dr. Husbands went to Memphis as a surgeon, but his one ambition in life was to establish a hospital in some thriving community. It wa§ during the Trl-States Pair in Memphis that he really became serious in trying to borrow the money and build a modern hospital. He passed a booth at the fair where handbills put out by the Blytheville Chamber of Commerce were being distributed, and he casually put the circular in his pocket and went on his way. But that night he got the circular out and read it and noticed that in enumerating the many businesses and industries in the town, no mention! was made of a hospital. The next day ne met Blytheville doctors at" Post Graduate Assembly, and talked it over with them about the prospects for his building a hospital in Blytheville. At their suggestion Dr. Husbands came to Blytheville and met with the Chamber of Commerce. some lot if he could make arrangements for the money for the structure and equipment. He remembered a man by the name of J. N. Johnson of Holly Ridge, Miss. — population 127 — for whom he had worked on Saturdays and during holidays, and who seemed to like him and advise him, so he immediately went ,o call on Mr. Johnson — with his fingers crossed! MR. JOHNSON believed in the young surgeon who carried the world on his shoulders, and staked him to a loan of $16,000. Dr. Husbands had saved his own money he had earned, hoping for this day to come, and with a good credit with Van Vleet-Mansfield Drug Company in Memphis, they offered to equip the new hospital. Things were coming to a head fast. By the spring of 1923, the dream of his life was realized when the Blyfhexille Hospital was officially opened. The first patient was admitted before the finishing touches were added, and was practically dead from a ruptured appendix before his family consented to bring- done in the educational field. This was only meant for a step up in progress and is among the things that have pushed Arkansas forward. In 1926, Dr. Husbands was elected president of Post Graduate Assembly of Memphis, which was called "Tri-States Medical Meeting" at that time. When he presented his presidential address, he advocated a community hospital for every community in the United States of 20,000 STARR GAZING B&rMSL Things I will be thinking about next fall when the dry leaves are dancing around the trees: the white iris in Lillian Strickling's yard; the tulips peeking around the shrubs in Mrs. E. C. Bryan' yard; the white dogwood in the J. S. Mc- Dr. Husbands had, and his untiring efforts in working toward his goal in life, have benefitted hundreds of patients who came to him for help. • • • I DO BELIEVE he can claim priority on advocating community hospitals in our state, which is now more than general. In his president's address he had this to say: "The larger hospitals have no more to fear from small community hospitals than a university has to fear from a junior college, and the specialist in the larger city who has been tried and found worthy, has nothing to fear from the surgeon in a smaller community," Dr. Husbands and the late Dr. W. A. Grimmett were partners for three years when the hospital was first built. The two had gone to college together. Dr. Husbands then bought out Dr. Grimmett's interest. The entire time Dr. Husbands owned and operated the hospital, no emergency case was ever turned away for lack of money. Money xvas secondary during his years of practice. In 1927, due to two major operations, Dr. Husbands sold the hospital to the City of Blytheville and donated all of his equipment. He went before the Chamber of Commerce, who had made it possible for him to come to Blytheville and erect the hospital, and told the committee he would accept the appraisal made by the Chamber for ing him to the hospital for an op- the hospital. The offer was $18,000, population or more. The foresight, Cant' yard; the redbuds and flowering peaches that take my breath; the azaleas that line a path to the home of Mrs. Ed Quinn; the mock orange and pink wygelia row that separates the O. W. Knight and V. E .Harlan yards; the Paul Scharlet roses around the doorways and covering the fences, that remind one of a song. Oh, and those pansies, that seem to be looking you squarely in the eye in -Dr. Johnson's yard in Blytheville! These are the things I'll be looking forward to seeing again, come next Spring. aint no hell' and this one says 'The hell there ain't- They say the first signs of spring are the blooming idiots along the highways. The faults of others axe like headlights on an automobile. They only seem more glaring than our own. I like men who wear a flower in their buttonhole, or should I break it down to "I like to SEE men wear flowers in their buttonholes?" Maybe their wives would like it better that way! In one small to'wn there were two churches across the street from one another. "Couldn't those churches be combined," a visitor asked. "Not very well," was the reply. "That church over there says 'There An old Arab proverb says this about "criticism"—If you stop every time a dog barks, your road will never end. eration. "I hated worse than anything that our first patient died," Dr. Husbands said; "but that case was just tablish a hospital in a small town —to educate people to the fact that a hospital in a community is as essential as a school or church. The bad beginning was soon forgotten and the hospital played an important part for those seeking medical aid." The following Spring, a chartered nurses training school was organized. Two classes of nurses were graduated under the old charter. The medical staff of Blytheville served as the staff Of teachers. Miss Bettye Richardson of Memphis was superintendent of nurses and every girl who donned on graduation her the Arkansas, board and later some of the girls held responsible jobs in other states. WHEN THE requirements for nurses training schools were raised to a general average of 35 patients a day. the charter at Blytheville was forfeited as the hospital wasn't large enough to meet that requirement. Dr. Husbands was appointed by the State Hospital Association to get up what he thought were the minimum requirements to constitute a hospital. He did, and it was presented to the association and adopted. There were a number of small clinics over the state calling themselves hospitals, but to raise our standards they had to be knocked out. No harm was intended, but at and he accepted it. Dr. Husbands spent a year convalescing and then leased the hospital and ran it until 1937. IN 1936, Dr. Husbands and Dr. J. M. Walls formed "a partnership and operated Walls Hospital together. While Dr. Walls was in service overseas during World War n, Dr. Husbands had charge of the hospital. When Dr. Walls returned, Dr. Husbands maintained his office there until he retired three years ago to devote his entire time to farming, stock-raising and traveling. He owns extensive farming interests in Southeast Missouri, throughout Arkansas and in the Rio Grande Valley. Since he was a young boy on his father's farm in Mississippi, he has loved to hunt and has never given up the desire to don gum boots and khaki- clothes and spend a day in the woods on a deer hunt or wade around in - the swamps hunting ducks. He is a member of the Blytheville Hunting and Fishing Club. His wife says he is the best trader in the state — regardless of what he buys, just offer him a little boot and you've made a trade. His newspapers come first in his day's living — even before his cup of coffee. In his travels, and they have taken in every state in the Union as well as Mexico and Canada, the first thing he does when he gets to a city is to buy a history book of the state and study it and learn of the wonders to be seen and then he starts out taking in the sights. He Knows every county and county seat by name, in the State of Mississippi, and I'd bet in Arkansas. * * • DR. HUSBANDS said he wondered for a long time what was wrong with him until he read an old Texas novel about a man who had "fiddling-feet." Reading on in the book, he found the ;man liked to travel and see things growing, so now he is claiming the Texan's ailments. The advice Dr. Husbands gives to young hopefuls, . whether they are planning oh being professional men or just "plain" farmers is to get a college education. ^The day has come he added, "when a young man must qualify in the exceptional bracket, not just get by by the skin of his teeth. This is an age where a specialist in any field has the edge over the fellow who lacks the get up and go, and without a good education there won't even be a place for him in the cotton patch, what with all the modern ways of farming! Dr. Husbands' advice is along the same line as that of Roger Babson — he believes in owning land and holding on to it. Build- 'ings can burn down and depressions come along, but the fellow who has accumulated farm lands will never go hungry and farming is always the first thing to make a comeback after a depression. Dr. Husbands' office .in the hospital is just as he left it when he walked out of the door one morning and said he was through practicing. Surgery was the thing he had specialized in, and after breaking both of his legs — more than once — and receiving a back injury, it became a painful ordeal for him to perform an operation so he closed his office door behind him, leaving everything intact, even to his many diplomas hanging on the wall. But like an old soldier, a doctor's work and good deeds never die and the older citizens of Mississippi County will always give thanks to the man ,who brought the first hospital to the county. New driver comfort! driving ease! New Chevrolet Trucks do more work per day .. . more work per dollarl timt In fraffic. New truck Hydra-Matic the "Loadmaster 235," and the "Jobmaster You save timt In fraffic. New truck Hydra-Matic transmission gets you off to smooth, time-saving starts without shifting or clutching.- Imagine how easy this makes driving in traffic and on delivery routes! It's optional at extra cost on V2-, %- and 1-ton models. You sov« time on the highway. New high-compression power gets you up to highway speeds from a standing start in less time, and saves you time on hills, too. You make trips faster—and the new Comfortmaster cab makes them seem shorter. It's got everything! You save extra trips, too. 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