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I studied medicine because it was a challenge, and I wanted to know

“I went on to Columbia University, as I had planned. I was just a year late. But Mother promised that I could go on and do graduate work. So, I went on up to Columbia University. I did work in Bacteriology. “And then, I hadn’t known much about hospitals or laboratory work, but then I […]


Who Was Here When I Got Here

The following are reminiscences of the Cloverdale, GA community by Brody Hawkins, who was born there in 1927 (d. 1998) and lived there all his life.  These are his memories of the families who lived in Cloverdale when he was a child. When I got here, we had three doctors in the community, Dr. Middleton, […]


Doctor Claudius Meade Capps of Hogskin

Please welcome guest writer Bonnie Heiskell Peters. Ms. Peters grew up in Union County, Tennessee.  She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and is retired from TVA.  Upon her retirement she began recording Union County history and was appointed Union County Historian in 1994.  She has authored or co-authored 8 books:  Our Union […]


Embarrassed wife has Oakland’s first doctor executed

Please welcome guest blogger Jim Rada. Rada writes the monthly local history column for the Cumberland Times-News and has had four historical novels published that were set in the region. He writes his own blog on historical subjects at historyarchive.wordpress.com, where this post originally ran. It’s been said that hell hath no fury like a […]


An 1898 ad for Dr. Pierce’s Favorite Prescription

“To be the mother of many children is ranked among nature’s chief blessings but when the cares of the busy housewife are added to the trials of frequent motherhood, it is too great a burden for a woman who is not in prime health and condition. Every woman who is called upon to bear the […]

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