Physicians, Dentists, Veterinarians, and Nurses of Vaiden and Vicinity
Physicians of Shongalo
Dr. W.H. Weir
was the first physician in this village, He and his bride of a few months
came here from
Wells, a well-educated young man from New Hampshire, was the next physician
to settle here. He married Eliza Love Pleasants, daughter of Thomas and Mary
Pleasants. Mrs. Wells died about two years later, after the birth of their
baby daughter. A few years after her death, Dr. Wells married Mary Smith. Her
father, Douglas Smith, lived on the
Dr. Newton was the next physician to locate at Shongalo. He married the oldest daughter of Thomas Ely.
Dr. William H.
Armistead was born August 5, 1820. He began his practice in 1840. He married
Mary Wilson, youngest child of Thomas Wilson. Dr. Armistead's home was
located near the present site of Vaiden and was later included in the
corporate limits. To the Armistead's delight, their home was the favorite
gathering place for the young people of the community. Dr. Armistead died
Dr. Edwin Armistead joined the Shongalo Presbyterian Church in 1855. This is the only information available on this doctor.
Dr. James A. McBride, after serving in the Civil War, studied medicine and had a successful practice in the Shongalo area for many years. He married Minnie Hamilton. They had three daughters and one son.
Physicians of Middleton
Howell Hudgins came here from
Physicians of Coila
Dr. E.R. McLean made his home near Coila. During the days of the stage coach, he served as innkeeper, merchant, and physician.
Dr. Joseph M. Keys had a very lucrative medical practice in the area. He married Mrs. William Farmer and they lived on her plantation near Coila.
Dr. George Everett moved to the vicinity of Vaiden about 1840. Since there were several doctors already established here, he moved to Coila to practice medicine. After about ten or twelve years, he moved back to his estate near Vaiden.
Physicians of Emory
Dr. R.D. Meek lived at Emory prior to 1861. He had an extensive medical practice in the county. After the Civil War, he settled on his plantation located between Black Hawk and Emory. He continued the active practice of medicine until his health failed, compelling him to give up his work. Dr. Meek was always affectionate toward his family, true to his friends, and faithful to his promises. He was a charitable man and a "king" to his neighbors.
Dr. Rogers, Dr. John A. Linder, Dr. James M. Thompson, Dr. W.C. Redd, and Dr. Alexander were also physicians who are remembered at Emory. Unfortunately, no information is available on these men.
Physicians of Black Hawk
Glenn, a physician of long ago, was sincere in everything he undertook.
During the Civil War, he enlisted in the first company made up of men from
this county. He was full of hope and zealous in his love for the South. He
became ill and died in
Dr. Anthony, Dr. Hendon, Dr. Stevens, Dr. Chew, Dr. Terrell, Dr. V.O. King, Dr. B.F. Kittrell, Dr. Calhoun, Dr. Godfrey, and Dr. Elmon were also physicians of the Black Hawk area. No informationis available on these men.
Dr. Robert McEachern Hill, son of Henry W. Hill and Lillie McEachern Hill of Blackmonton, practiced medicine in a small community called Seven Pines, located near Black Hawk. Dr. Hill had three brothers and four sisters. One brother, Henry, died at an early age. One sister, Mrs. Lula Hill was a resident of Vaiden.
Physicians of Blackmonton
Dr. H.B. Conner, youngest son of Gabriel and
Mary Farrish Conner, was a native of Slate Springs (
Physicians of New
McEachern was born December 17, 1838, a son of Daniel McEachern, who was one
of the first settlers of this section. He was a graduate of
Dr. Shipp Conner, (1882-1911), son of Dr.
H.B. Conner and Mrs. Harriet Shipp Conner, was a native of
Physicians of Vaiden
Dr. Cowles Mead Vaiden was the first physician of Vaiden, and the Town's namesake. The account of his life here is contained in other articles throughout these pages.
Dr. Joseph Andress
Applewhite (1824-1893), was born in
Dr. John R. Applewhite, a brother of Dr. Joseph A. Applewhite, was another physician in this area. Further information is not available.
Dr. Thomas W.
Fullilove was born July 31, 1851, in
Dr. A.J. Sanderson (1845-1902) practiced in Vaiden many years. He married Miss Harriston. They had five daughters and two sons.
Dr. R.L. Wilson joined the Shongalo Presbyterian Church in 1871. This is the only information available on this doctor.
Dr. Joseph C.
Armstrong, from Poplar Creek, Mississippi, attended the University of
Nashville and Vanderbilt University, graduating at age 21. He was licensed to
practice medicine on April 6, 1893. In 1902, he contracted smallpox, and
recovered. He moved from Vaiden to
Rehfeldt was born in
Gresham McEachern, (1876-1935), son of Angus Taylor McEachern and Guerring
Pickett Shipp, was born in
Fletcher Fitzgerald, a practicing physician in Vaiden, offered his services
to the people of
Woodson Barksdale, son of Charles Henry Barksdale and Emily
War I, he served as Lt. Colonel, Senior Surgeon of Hospital Center,
Rimaucourt, France, and Commanding Officer of Base Hospital No. 58. After the
war, he located at
Some of the professional and social organizations in which Dr. Barksdale played a prominent part are: Carroll County Medical Society, President; Mississippi State Medical Society, President; Tri-State Medical Society, President; Fellows of the American College of Surgeons, Governor; International College of Surgeons, Charter Member; The Founders Group, Member; American Board of Surgery, Member; Southern Surgical Society, Member; American Medical Association, Member; West Tennessee Medical and Surgical Society, Honorary Member; Mississippi Reserve Officers' Association, Colonel and President; Jackson Country Club, President; University Club, President; Mississippi Chapter of the Newcomen Society of England, Organizer and First Chairman by Invitation; 1929 Jackson Junior League Carnival Ball, King, Tennessee Club of Memphis, Member.
Dr. Barksdale was an Episcopalian, a Mason, a Democrat, and a Rotarian. He continued to study, and kept abreast of the growing body of medical knowledge. He was frequently asked to deliver orations in surgery before various learned medical gatherings. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and trap shooting, and was an excellent Bridge player. Dr. Barksdale retired in the early 1950s, and died May 9, 1953.
Dr. James Oscar
Ringold was born and reared in Gore Springs (
Dent Alexander, son of Joseph T. and Harriette Belle Alexander, was born
February 8, 1987. He grew up in West,
War I, Dr. Smythe, a
Dr. James P.T. Stephens, son of Captain
Pyrrhus T. and Elmira Stephens, was born October 10, 1876, in Attala County,
was a member of the Vaiden Methodist Church; a member and Past Master of
Dewitt Clinton Lodge No 47 F&A.M. of Vaiden; a Charter Member and First
Worthy Patron of Virginia Kennedy Chapter No. 271 OES, serving as Worthy Patron
for five years. He was Chief Surgeon for the
He owned the
first car and the first radio in this area, and enjoyed novelty musical
instruments and was adept at playing a musical saw with a violin bow and
musical cowbells. He once travelled to
Dr. D.J. Murphy, son of W.A. and Rosa Strahan
Murphy, was born August 16, 1881. He received his degree in civil engineering
Dr. Murphy was
a Mason and a member of Shongalo Presbyterian Church. Shortly before his
death, he was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from President Franklin
Roosevelt for grateful recognition of uncompensated service patriotically
rendered to his country in the administration of the Selective Service System
of World War II. Dr. Murphy died November 30, 1944, and is buried in the
Dr. Marvin E. Arrington, son of William O.
and Ida Smith Arrington, was born in Brookhaven, Mississippi, December 3,
1905. He had three sisters: Mrs. Dudley Stringer, Mrs. K.C. Moon, and Mrs.
Edith Rhyne. He grew up and finished high school in Brookhaven. He received
his medical degree at
He came to Vaiden to practice in 1933. He was a Methodist, a Mason, and a member of the Eastern Star. He served as county health officer for several years. He was a fine doctor and a useful citizen. Dr. Arrington was fatally injured in an automobile accident August 8, 1945.
Dr. Van R.
Burnham, Jr. was born in
practiced medicine in Vaiden from September 1, 1946 until July 24, 1948. On
July 28, 1948, he married Barbara Braswell of Vaiden. They settled in
Dr. Herbert Raymond Power, son of Charles O.
and Cornelia Maddox Power, was Vaiden's doctor for many years. He was born in
On December 21,
1940, Dr. Power married Erin Fox of
He taught high
school mathematics and science at Barnes High School (
When Dr. Power first began his medical practice, he did home deliveries. At times, he had to be taken to the homes on tractors or in trucks, and sometimes had to stay all night. To avoid such long absences from his office, he began doing all deliveries in the clinic. Because of the growth of the patient load and the increase in paperwork required by Medicare and Medicaid, insurance forms, etc., he stopped doing deliveries in early 1969. Prior to that time, he delivered approximately 860 babies, including the delivery of this writer. He still made house calls for many years, and was highly visible in town by his car, his trusty Volkswagen Beetle.
When he found time, Dr. Power enjoyed many hobbies, such as playing bridge and other games, working crossword puzzles, reading, crafts, fishing, and playing the organ and piano. He was not only Vaiden's Doctor; he was a beloved citizen who was always willing to assist anyone who needed his help. At the time of the publication of the Vaiden Heritage in 1976, Dr. Power was still practicing in Vaiden, but is since deceased. Many citizens of Vaiden and the surrounding communities miss him and remember his generous and friendly attitude to everyone he knew. He was a man of character, style, and grace, a fine doctor, and above all, he was a part of the lives of many people. Never let it be said that this writer wasn't one of those whose life was touched by this exemplary doctor, citizen, and friend.
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Dr. Joe Alexander, son of Captain Joseph T. Alexander of West, practiced in Vaiden. No other information is available.
Dr. S.H. Guess was a dentist about 1902. He married Alica Cain of Vaiden. No other information is available.
Dr. Claude A.
Moore, 1882-1941, practiced in Vaiden about 1905. He married Miss Willie Lou
Cain of Vaiden. He was a graduate of the
Thomas Flowers, son of John Erasmus and Sallie Knox Flowers, was born in
Montgomery County, Mississippi, March 23, 1878. On November 3, 1910, he
married Lula Doty Armstrong, also a native of
hobbies were the breeding of purebred bird dogs and small-scale farming. He
was influential in bringing the first
After the loss
of his sight, Dr. Flowers continued to live here for ten years, maintaining
an active interest in civic and church affairs. He was a Mason, an Odd
Fellow, a member of the
Dr. Milam O'Neal Huffman, only son of Louis and Alice Tyler Huffman, was born September 24, 1879. In January, 1900, he married Clara Williams. They had three daughters: Muzette Huffman Byrd, Katie Huffman Crook, and Susie Huffman Tucker.
began practicing veterinary medicine in 1910, receiving his state license
after a study course at home. His practice covered a wide area. His library
was filled with books which he studied constantly. He was a Mason and a
member of the
Medical Professionals From Vaiden That Practiced Elsewhere
Many men in the medical profession came from the Vaiden area, but never practiced here. Some of these are the following:
Dr. Larkin S.
Rogers, son of Richard Thomas and Eleanor Cain Rogers, was born in
Dr. Richard Cornelius Bains received his M.D. Degree from Birmingham Medical College at age 34, and was licensed to practice May 19, 1898. No other informationis available.
Ernest Wright, eldest son of James M. and Narcissa
Dr. W.W. Nye was born in Vaiden. No other information is available.
Dr. Clifford Vaiden McConnico. No other information is available.
Dr. Malcolm A. McEachern. No other information is available.
Dr. Harrison P.
Simpson from Blackmonton, graduated at age 24 and was licensed May 17, 1904.
He finished at
Simpson, brother of Dr. H.P. Simpson, went to dental college at Louisville,
Dr. Otis Preston Gaston received his degree from the University of Nashville and College of Physicians and Surgeons at age 25, and was licensed October 18, 1907.
Clyde Conger of Blackmonton, son of Lucius L. Conger, received his M.D.
Degree from the University of Nashville at age 23, and was licensed to
practice May 22, 1909. He had four brothers: Will, Tommy, Hal, and Ben, and
four sisters: Susie, Annie Lee,
McDougal was from Blackmonton, but practiced in Halls,
Jonathan Armstrong, son of John J. and Freddie Gross Armstrong, received his
M.D. Degree from Tulane School of Medicine at age 27, and was licensed July
14m 1921. He had two brothers: Fred and Rodney (deceased), and four sisters:
Magdalene, Annie, Bertha, and Eunice. Dr. and Mrs. Armstrong had one son and
one daughter. He practiced and resided in
Harris Armstrong, only child of the late Cade L. and Lorene Colmery
Armstrong. He attended the
Dr. John Allen
Randle, son of Ernest G. and Alice Pullen Randle, graduated from Vaiden High
School in 1932, then studied veterinary medicine at Iowa State College in
Ames, Iowa. He has one sister: Earnestine, and five brothers: Robert,
Charles, Grider, Frank, and Dale. He practices at
Dr. Percy A.
Bennett, Jr., D.D.S., son of Percy A. and Maggie Louise Cade Bennett,
Ward Canon, son of Jesse and Marilla Vail Canon, graduated from
Archer: Head of all nurses A.R.F., World War I, stationed at
Miss Georgia Holmes: Superintendent of Nurses, Methodist Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee, for 25 years and Methodist Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, for 15 years. (deceased)
Herring (B.J.) Ramage: Superintendent of Nurses,
Miss Nina Nye: Private duty for 20 years. (deceased)
Esther Armstrong (Will) Gee: Private Nurse for two years,
Mrs. Elizabeth Girner (J.F.) Herring: Superintendent of Nurses, Winona Infirmary for three years. Private duty for 40 years. (deceased)
Mrs. Urlene Baskin (E.C.) Humphreys and Mrs. Mamie Baskin (E.C.) Baskin: Sisters, graduated from Helena, Arkansas, hospital. Mrs. E.C. Baskin did private duty for 40 years. Mrs. Humphreys is deceased.
(Patsy) Devine: Daughter of Jim A. and Sudie Girner Devine of Midway
Community. Received her training at Winona Infirmary. Operating Room
McEachern Haddakin Morgan: Daughter of Dan and Julia Ross McEachern of Midway
Community. Graduated from
McCorkle (Harold) Rixie: Daughter of C. Marion and Luna Dell
Cummins (Ronald) Clark, daughter of Joe and Joyce Mae Vinson Cummins of
Vaiden, received her degree from
Shelton (Donald) Morris, daughter of Roger Shelton (deceased) and Gladys
(Roger) Gratz, daughter of Robert and Dolly Mann Noah of Vaiden. Received her
Wiley (James) Elmore, daughter of W.H. and Ouida White Guess, received her
degree from the
Mrs. Ann Ross
(Herman) Wardlow, daughter of J.K. Ross (deceased) and Evelyn Jones Ross of
Vaiden, received her degree from the
(Carl) Grubbs, daughter of Jamie and Grace Grantham Rogers of Vaiden,
received her degree from St. Dominic's Hospital in
(Dempsey) Rutledge, daughter of Coleman Palmertree of Winona, and Ella Ouida
McCorkle Palmertree (deceased), received her degree from
(Dale) Autrey, daughter of W.L. Randle (deceased) and Blanche Bailey Randle
of Vaiden, received her B.S. and R.N. Degrees from
Collins (Steven) Drazda, daughter of Guy H., Jr., and Barbara Cummins Collins
of Moorehead, was born in Vaiden. She received her degree from the
Busby (O.G.) Smith, daughter of Joseph B. and Mary Ann Tullos Busby (both
deceased), is not a native of Vaiden, but has lived here for many years. She
received her degree from
Devine (Fletcher) Shappley: Another daughter of Jim A. and Sudie Girner
Devine. Received her training at Winona Infirmary. Hospital and private duty
for approximately 20 years. Now retired and lives in
Michie (A.D.) Hartley, daughter of George and Allie Boyette Michie, received her
degree from Baptist Hospital in Jackson,
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