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Dr. Crawford - Seven Persons

Seven Persons - Once Hundred Sixty Acres and a Dream

Chapter 22

Dr. Crawford was Seven Persons' one and only doctor. He came in about 1910, and practiced medicine until near the end of 1914. He filled a great need, for the ever-increasing population found that Medicine Hat was a long distance away for medical help. He was a good doctor. His patients had faith in his skills. He moved to Craigmyle when he left Seven Persons.

He drove a buggy or a cutter with his mare, Babe, and visited some of his patients in their homes. In 1914 he purchased a car. His office was in his home. He owned the drug store, and had Mr. Bishop as his clerk.

He must have smiled to himself as he raced with the stork to some homesteader's shack in some remote place. His messenger, who was possibly an anxious husband, might have said, "Can you come to my home? I think my wife is going to have her baby today. It's only ten miles from the railroad tracks."

Sometimes he rode horseback on his rounds. When he left the village, Ed Anderson bought his saddle. Ed's granddaughter, Lenore, still uses this saddle at New Westminster, B.C.

Other doctors who came from Medicine Hat to treat patients in this community were: Dr. Woodland, Dr. Boyd, Dr. McEwan, Dr. Dixon, Dr. Fisher, Dr. McDonald, Dr. Smythe, and Dr. McLeod.

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