Jefferson County
Illinois

BLUFORD
KIDS, RAILROADS, PEOPLE & ACTIVITIES
STORIES OF A SMALL RAILROAD TOWN IN THE 1930'S, 40'S & 50'S
...........by George.       John R. Warren





The articles and pictures that you see within these pages about Bluford
were submitted by Janice Staples
Written permission was given by the Author the late
John R. Warren to use on this website.


DOC GOODRICH



Doc was a character of a different ilk. Bluford had a few Drs. around earlier, 
but the only one that I remember was Doc Goodrich. I never heard him addressed 
as Dr.-- it was always Doc. He was the ICRR Dr. for many years. It was rumored
that he had been among the top of his class in MD school. 

You probably all remember his home and office there on the corner just east of the
viaduct. His office was downstairs and he had shelves to the ceiling filled with bottles 
of pills and medicines. He could probably fill most of his own prescriptions, which was good, 
because we sure didn't have a drug store in Bluford.. Folks laughed about his "favorite"
prescription: Epson Salts--- taken internally or externally for just about anything. 

Doc was a frequent attendee at Bluford churches. He would always carry his song books and 
local etiquette seemed to say that he should be asked to sing a number. He would pretend 
a bit of shyness or unreadiness, but then somehow would say well he did have a song he could 
do and bring out his song book. Folks would endure his singing and he would politely thanksed 
and applauded for his special number. His office building is still there. 

I had the chance to go inside it a few years ago and it looked pretty much the same as it 
always had. It always seemed a bit cluttered and unkept. I think that building (and it's contents) 
should be declared a "historical site" and preserved for posterity. It is an interesting look back 
into the way Drs'. offices were in those days.


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