Histories of early-day Madras doctors retraced
At Jefferson County Museum
By Aloha Kendall
Are you Looking for a summer adventure? The Jefferson County Historic Society Museum is open daily from 1 to 5 p.m. Come in for a visit.
We have on display turn-of-the-century medical equipment, including Dr. L. M. Tozier's medical bag from the late 1800s. Tozier also drove the freight wagon from Ontario to Burns.
Dr. Homer B. Haile was a substantial member of our community from World War I until 1922, when he died in his own hospital. He was born in New York in 1879. when serving in the Spanish American War he was shot through the body during the Battle of Santiago. The wound affected him the rest of his life. He was promoted to first lieutenant of the Medical Corps during World War I.
Haile's undergraduate work was done at Rockefeller Institute, and for his medical training he attended the University of Oregon. Haile was well-known throughout Central Oregon, where he practiced his last 13 years.
He treated the men who worked on the Oregon Trunk Line -- some 528 patients, and for some time he was the Warm Springs Agency doctor. His hospital was just south of where Pepe's Restaurant is now.
On display in the museum are Dr. Haile's medical bag and his equipment. Exhibited are such things as scalpels, rectal speculums, urethral sound, hypodermics and needles, hemostats, internal clamps, a tonsil snare wire, a Davis mouth gag, an adenoid curette, umbilical scissors and a tuning fork. They are well-labeled for your identification.
Other early-day doctors were Dr. W.H. Snook, who came from near Moro and settled in Old Culver in 1902 with his family. In 1898 he took a homestead south of Madras. He started the first drug store in Madras, which he owned until 1953, the time of his death.
Dr. Harry Blair in 1914, later became a noted bone specialist. Dr. Kettle came with the Harrison Lines. Dr. Gale helped Dr. Haile before moving to Coos Bay. Dr. J.W. Cosnaugh worked here for a short time. He moved to San Francisco where his principle work was trying to rejuvenate the human race by transplanting monkey glands into people (quite a scam).
Dr. Long came from Missouri, and also opened a drug store. The optometric equipment of V.S. Howard has a prominent place here in the museum. His office was furnished with a loveseat and chairs that date back to 1900. The opthalmascope is dated 1898. The presoptometer is on the old desk. There is a case of lenses for prescriptive purposes. Dr. Dix and Dr. Evers recently gave us an examination chair that dates back to the 1950s
Exhibited along with the office equipment are a bear-skin rug and an elk rug. The office chair donated by Norm Kennedy originally belonged to Bidwell Cram (born 1861).
Dr. Howard served 19 years as Chamber of Commerce president, as March of Dimes chairman, District Attorney, was in the Grange, American Legion, the Democratic Party and was active in the Townsend Pension movement.
Howard was born in 1876 in Mariposa, Calif., and graduated from the College of Optics, South Bay, Indiana. He practiced more than 50 years. Howard also graduated from the University of Oregon Law School in 1909. He served in World War I and was a crack shot. He campaigned for the construction of Round Butte Dam, and owned several homes around town. Because he was a bachelor, he left many items to the museum.
Jefferson County Historical Society welcomes any or all information you may have on the doctors of the county. Help us build our archives.
The museum at D and Sixth streets is open through October. Admission is $2, with children admitted free, when accompanied by an adult.