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.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.
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.
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!