Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Got history? OE coming to Tillamook County

The Oregon Encyclopedia is continuing its statewide tour, starting conversations in towns around Oregon about local history and the development of the online state history resource. Tillamook County is next on the list, and the meeting date is fast approaching. From the press release:
A public community meeting will be held in Tillamook on Wednesday, March 31, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Tillamook County Library located at 1716 Third Street. The meeting is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Participants will be asked to contribute their knowledge of local history and culture to The Oregon Encyclopedia (The OE), an online resource of the state’s significant people, places, events, and institutions available to anyone with access to the World Wide Web at http://www.oregonencyclopedia.org.
What about the medical history of Tillamook County? Olof Larsell covers the period from 1788 to 1907 in slightly more than one page in The Doctor in Oregon (p. 294-295), noting that the "first physician to remain among the settlers in the Tillamook region was Dr. Gideon Davidson (1819-?) who came there in 1866 with his wife and five children." Davidson was followed by someone named McKinley in 1878 and by W.H. May in 1895. Horace Patchen came the following year. Others apparently made (long) rounds into the area from practices in bigger towns to the East until William Calvin Hawk settled in Bay City in 1907. Hawk built the Tillamook Bay Hospital and also operated a drug store.

Do you know about other notable medical figures in the county's history? If so, the OE folks would love to hear from you--and so would we!

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