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TitleMedical doctors
DescriptionPages of notes taken by Knox College Professor of Sociology, J. Howell Atwood from an interview with G. G. Fletcher. These notes are about the presence of physicians and medical personnel serving the African American community in Galesburg, Illinois during the early part of the 20th century. Atwood conducted extensive research from 1930-1960 about the Galesburg African American community.
Named PersonFletcher, George G.; Herring, Dr.; Otter, Milton; Dawson, Julian; Cook, David W.; Wood. S.S.; Watkins, C.M.;
CreatorAtwood, Jesse Howell;
IdentifierJ. Howell Atwood Manuscript Collection (box 8)
CollectionStruggle and Progress-African Americans in Knox County, Illinois (Knox College)
Date Digital2010-04-23
TranscriptG.G. Fletcher
Medical Doctors

Dr. Herring was the
first colored doctor Mr. G.G. F.
remembers. He had white as
well as colored patients. Here
3-4 yrs., early in the 1900's.

Dr. Milton Otter was here
3-4 yrs. also. Perhaps 2 1/2
yrs elapsed before Dr. Otter
came -- after Dr. H's departure.
Dr. Julian Davison - left
1917 at the call of the Army. Was
here about 3-4 yrs.

Dr. David W. Cook here 5-6 yrs
Didn't want to leave had good
practice, wife want the city
life. Came in 1919 -- here during
the "flu" epidemic.

G.G.F (2)
M. Ds

Dr. S.S. Wood came
here about 1921. Mrs.
W. Went off to study nurs-
ing in Chicago leaving
here little boy of 2 or 3.
Everybody talked about
this. He was a good MD
but got too shiftless. He
walked every place. Wouldn't
keep a decent car.
Wasn't tidy. Was
under suspicion: he was
hailed into Fed. court in
Peoria on a drug charge.
The family left for East
St. Louis in the Spring of
1936 - he is in practice there.

M. D's G.G.Flet (3)

C.M. Watkins, a foot
specialist came about
1907. He is distinctive
in his practice in that he
make calls and he has
his patients elevated &
he stands in performing
operations and treatments.
Physical Descriptionhandwritten on 8.5 x 5.25 (half) sheet
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