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Dr. M. B. Hoylman

Franklin County Nebraska


Taken from the
January 26, 1950 issue of the
Franklin County Sentinel

Dr. M. B. Hoylman

"Naponee to Honor Dr. Hoylman Sunday Evening"

In the above photo is Naponee's main street in the days when horse and buggy, wagon and horse back was the principal mode of travel. This was the horse and buggy - horseback era of Dr. M. B. HOYLMAN's medical career in Naponee. The Doctor could not pick out the building on the right hand side of the street in which his office was located.

The reader will note that at at the north end of the street is a hill. On the foot of the hill today is located Naponee's grade and high school buildings.

No pictures were obtained of the Doctor in his buggy or horseback days. We asked a number of people for pictures of this era. Probably some will turn up after this edition is published.

The frame buildings of this time have since practically all been replaced by modern brick buildings.

We were astonished when we visited Naponee stores this week to find good stocks, up to date displays of merchandise and a well rounded out trading center. As Gulf HARRISON, County Supervisor for District 7, remarked, "About the only thing we really need in Naponee is a good bank." Guff went on to enumerate the number and variety of businesses in Naponee. Good groceries, locker and produce, body shop, radio shop, two cafes, lumber yard and hardware with appliances, filling stations, garages, two blacksmith shops, welders, grain elevators, pool hall, barber shop and taverns.

Dr. M.B. Hoylman, 81 Has Devoted 46 Yrs. As Doctor in Naponee Vicinity

A country doctor's more than 45 years administering to the sick, being a part of his community and counseling with both young and old will be commemorated by neighbors and friends, many of them brought into this world by the doctor next Sunday evening, January 29th, at the Naponee City Auditorium, when hundreds turn out for Dr. HOYLMAN's Day.

During those more than 45 years, Dr. M. B. HOYLMAN, who came to Naponee in 1904, has practiced medicine in this neighboring Nebraska town's wide territory and called on his patients via horseback, team and buggy, motorcycle, motor car and afoot. He has seen an era come and go, to be supplamented by the scientific age with great strides in the fields of medicine, surgery, communication and transportation. In all that time Dr. HOYLMAN has never refused to make a call and arrived as soon as possible in all kinds of weather, snow, flood, mud or dust.

The Doctor is 81 years of age, was born December 19, 1868 in Raleigh county, W. Va., near the small town of Trap Hill which is now in the midst of the big oil fields there. Since coming to Naponee, the Doctor has combined farming and cattle feeding operations as a side-line to his profession. He owns more than 700 acres of land in the fertile Republican River Valley south and west of Naponee. This land will be irrigatable when the new canal is built from the Harlan County Reservoir along the south part of the Republican River. He also owns land near Holdrege, Lexington, Bloomington and in Graham county, Kans., near Logan.

He came to Nebraska with his parents in 1872, when a small boy 4 years of age to a farm in Adams county at a location south of Hastings, where his father Dr. J. J. HOYLMAN, Sr., had homesteaded in January 1871. His father established a post office in the building which was home, stage coach stop, post office for Silver Lake, so named by the senior Dr. HOYLMAN. Silver Lake is not identified on the map today. It was two miles south of the present town of Roseland. The stage coach stop was between Red Cloud and Hastings with a stop over for dinner. Passengers and mail were carried on the stage.

Prior to Dr. J. J. HOYLMAN's homesteading trip into Nebraska in 1871, the Indians were causing considerable trouble, especially from the Colorado line west to the Spring Ranch or a line extending through the Spring Ranch north through Hastings upward to the South Dakota line. During the years 1869 to 1870 the Indians ranged over this section of Nebraska, and killed every white settler residing in isolated homes.

After the HOYLMAN family arrived and settled on the homestead, Indian incidents were never reported again in the area.

The Doctor recalls the Grasshopper Plague of 1873. He was a lad of only 5 years, but remembers the incident from memory. On the homestead the father had 22 acres broken out by a neighbor with a team of white oxen in the fall of 1872. Spring wheat was seeded on the new land and the crop was just ready to head out, when the grasshoppers came in swarms.

He remembers the hoppers arrived on afternoon about three o-clock. They came in in such numbers the sky was blackened and the sun was hidden from sight.

He related that his father in a futile attempt, sent all the children out into one part of the field to scare the swarming hordes off the wheat. They failed to scare the 'hoppers off. The grasshoppers were so thick, they covered the ground and crawled up on the stems of the wheat and weighted it down. The millions and millions of 'hoppers remained for about two days, and in that time ate the wheat off to the ground as well as all other vegetation.

A few days after the 'hoppers had eaten all the vegetation in the area and gone, a big four inch rain came. And a miracle seemed to happen. The wheat grew up again, and was harvested two months later. This wheat crop, to the surprise of everyone, yielded 22 bushels per acre and the family were assured of plenty of grain for flour and some to sell.

The HOYLMAN family later moved to Lewellen, Nebr., on the Platte, and resided on a farm there. It was August 31, 1891, when the father, Dr. J.J. HOYLMAN died; and on the shoulders of young HOYLMAN fell the responsibility of supporting the family.

While in western Nebraska, he worked for various ranchers and experienced the hardship of a cowhand, riding the range, branding and round-up time. Incidents witnessed by the Doctor included the hanging of cattle thieves who were not given a trial, but promptly hung to a tree nearest the spot caught; and gun battles.

While growing to manhood in this rugged frontier country, the Doctor often carried a gun and recalls on incident in which, although not used, the presence of his gun was instrumental in avoiding trouble with a rather quarrelsome neighboring rancher. In those days fences were not common between the various ranches. Stock of each ranch was more or less confined to a certain grazing area, and the cowhands' duties were to keep the herds separated and on their respective area.

One of the calves from the herd strayed over to this neighbor's herd. The Doctor related that one of the hands was sent over to get it. The belligerent rancher met him on horseback as he neared the herd and ordered him off. The cowhand hesitated and the rancher promptly drew and fired a bullet through the man's hat so close it creased his skull.

HOYLMAN's boss then asked him if he thought he could cut the stray out of the neighbor's herd. The Doctor remembers he was not sacred or nervous, but did buckle on his gun and rode over to the rancher's herd, and cut the stray calf out and drove it back to the herd. The rancher watched without saying or doing anything.

However, this neighboring rancher was found shot full of holes at his house the following morning. His assassin or assassins were never apprehended.

While in the Lewellen territory the blizzard of 1888 occurred and it was much more severe than the big snow of 1948, the Doctor thinks.

On the day of the blizzard, the Doctor with two other young men started on a 60 mile trip to Alliance. They were up and ready to go about sun-up with a team and wagon full of hay up to the top of the box. It was a nice, crisp January morning with the sun shining brightly. By 9 o'clock a black cloud began rolling in from the north and shortly thereafter a fine snow began descending. By noon it was snowing steadily and the wind was coming up.

Before mid-afternoon the temperature had dropped way below freezing and the snow was blinding. The Doctor remembers that the fine team kept plunging along into the storm which was now of blizzard proportions.

They had difficulty keeping warm and were forced to walk and run behind the wagon to keep from freezing. All during the afternoon they watched each others faces and occasionally rubbed them with snow whenever one of the boys' face became immovable. The Doctor was able to stand the cold rather well since he had a good overcoat, beaver cap and gloves, besides overshoes over his boots.

When darkness began to descend, they were approaching a valley. Here the other two young men gave up the hope of being able to keep from freezing and climbed into the wagon and under the hay. After journeying on into the blinding blizzard till well after dark, Dr. HOYLMAN saw a light and drove toward it.

In a short time they arrived beside the door of a rancher's house, and stumbled into the welcome warmth of this home. It saved their lives.

One of the young men's feet were so badly frozen that he could not walk until July.

The Doctor recalls that they rubbed their faces, hands and feet with snow to get the frost out, put away the team, which was covered with snow, and settled down for a safe but rather painful night. He recalls that he and his youthful companions had difficulty getting their boots on the next morning over swollen, frost-bitten feet.

The day was bright, with snow piled high around trees and buildings and across all valleys and draws. They searched the surrounding country that day for a hand of the rancher who had been going out the morning of the blizzard with a team and wagon for hay. The team came back to the ranch. The wagon was found when the snow thawed, but the body or even the bones of the missing man were never found. Speculation was that the wolves had eaten him and buried his bones. Last spring (1949) when old timers started reminiscing on the blizzard of 1888 and comparing it with the big snow of 1948, many concluded the blizzard was by far the worst. Gene HALL, old timer in the Alliance area stated that he was certain the blizzard of 1888 was way ahead of the storm of 1948.

The Doctor's early schooling started at Silver Lake when he was four years old and from this school he graduated from the grades. He later graduated form the high school at Wilsonville, Nebr.

His medical education was not possible while he was a young man since he was assisting with the support of the family. However, he always thought he would like to be a doctor like his father, and help the sick and ailing.

With this desire ingrained within himself, he cheerfully went about the responsibilities of the family's support and figured his time would come later when he could go to medical school.

Thus, in 1900 he was able to enter the Lincoln Medical School. He received his medical diploma April 18, 1904 and came to Naponee May 1, 1904 to begin his practice of medicine. At that time Dr. ROSS was at Naponee, Dr. SUMNER and his wife and Dr. MALICK, father of Lease V. MALICK were the doctors at Bloomington.

In about three months, Dr. ROSS decided to leave and offered to sell his equipment and practice to Dr. HOYLMAN. After some consideration Dr. HOYLMAN decided to buy him out and thus became the owner of Dr. ROSS' X-ray, the first ever to be brought to Franklin county.

On June 7, 1905, Dr. HOYLMAN married Grace L. MOSHER of Wilsonville. They have one son, Eric G. HOYLMAN, a dental surgeon, who is now retired after 30 years with the Naval Medical Service. He now resides in San Diego, Calif., having retired with the rank of Commander with pilot's rating. Today he flies frequently in the Navy's planes. His parents expect him to come home to Naponee for the Dr. Hoylman Day, this Sunday evening.

Eric graduated from the Naponee High School and attended Lincoln Dental College, being graduated in 1917 while the First World War was in progress.

Eric started practice at Indianola but enlisted in the service March 1, 1918 and never reentered private dental, practice.

When Dr. M. B. HOYLMAN came to Naponee in 1904, he had a fine team of horses and a buggy. Up to the time he purchased the first car driven in Franklin county in 19?? he had acquired 18 head of horses and several rigs.

He recollects one of the most critical cases in his 46 years of doctoring in this territory, happened one day in January when the roads were drifted full of snow and he spent all day driving 12 miles south of Naponee to a young family's home. It was Charlie BRADLEY who was sick. He had an abscessed lung and was near death when Dr. HOYLMAN arrived late in the evening. It was not possible to get BRADLEY back to Naponee and on a train to Lincoln or Omaha, the nearest cities with hospitals in time to save his life.

The Doctor decided to make an incision between the third and fourth rib and drain the lung. He gathered his instruments together, sterilized them and administered a local to the ribs and used a small amount of chloroform to lessen the pain. As soon as he made the incision, the pus spurted out and a rubber glove was used to drain the lung. From a fever of 106 at the time of the operation in the evening, BRADLEY's temperature had dropped to 102 by midnight and by morning was nearly normal. The Doctor relates that he bandaged the patient up and instructed his wife how to care for him the next few days and remove the rubber glove drainage tube. By the time the roads were open, young BRADLEY was up and in good condition. Dr. HOYLMAN recalls that he attended the BRADLEY family later at childbirth, and that the family today lives at Benkelman.

Since the Doctor's mode of getting around was always the best and he never refused a call he doctored over 30 miles radius from Naponee, carrying into every home his knowledge of medicine and with it the confidence his patients placed in him. It worked miracles on the sick, this kindly young doctor's prescriptions and psychology.

He related an experience he had one dark night when his team of horses stepped off the edge of the road where a bridge had broken down. He started for a home on a bad case eight miles south of Naponee after dark. The team ran down on the broken bridge and broke the tongue out of the buggy. The Doctor held onto the lines and was dragged back onto the road before he could stop the team. He obtained a buggy tongue from a neighbor and arrived at the farm home about dawn in time for the birth of the baby.

On another occasion, the Republican River was up so high no buggies could cross and a baby was due to arrive at another home south of Naponee. The Doctor took his best saddle horse and swam it across the river, to arrive at the home ahead of the stork. The Doctor mused he knew he could swim it even if his horse swam out from under him.

During the transportation era when motorcycles were the fad and before the horseless carriage was perfected, Dr. HOYLMAN tried on four motorcycles. The first was a Wagner, not much for power and the Doctor found himself riding down hill and walking up much of the time. The hills were just the way Mother Nature left them at that time and the roads were not much to brag about.

Next on the motorcycle parade for Dr. HOYLMAN followed the Indian. It was better. It afforded more riding and less hill climbing. Then came a Harley-Davison, followed by another Harley-Davison. These later models were a great improvement over the previous models and the Doctor dared it over every hill and in weather sometimes rather unfavorable.

Mrs. HOYLMAN remarked that she was often quite concerned while the Doctor was out on calls when the roads were a bit precarious or the snow drifted deep or the murky flood waters rushing by. But always she was relieved when she saw the Doctor returning or heard his footsteps on the porch.

And after the motorcycle procession came the gasoline buggy with all its smoke, noise and confusion. Again the Doctor was first and took off for Angus, Nebr., where the Fuller car was assembled. He bought one and brought it back to Franklin county. The Doctor claims his was the first car to be driven in Franklin county. This two cylinder miracle of transportation speed, the Fuller car, appears in a photo in this special Naponee section of the Sentinel. The two cylinder motor proved inadequate to get over the hills in the Doctor's territory, so back to Angus he went to have a 30 horsepower motor installed, which chugged over all the hills without too much difficulty. The Doctor always carried a shovel in his tool box to dig out all high center spots and other obstacles.

"Roads have improved almost as much as cars," the Doctor chuckled as he remarked, that "The old Fuller would do right well today on our all-weather, graveled and graded roads." Just think what the new look in modern cars would be up against in ruts a foot or more deep.

"Cars, oh," the Doctor declared, "I've had 46 or 47 in my time. In fact, I've got two right now out there in my three-car garage."

Besides being doctor to the Naponee vicinity, Dr. HOYLMAN has found time to devote much time to civic and school activities, as well as look after and manage all the way from a few hundred acres of land and pasture to the peak time when he owned more than 4,000 acres of land, mostly in Franklin county.

In 1927, the Doctor began consolidating his land holdings into better land and fewer acres. During this period he hired men and operated the farms and supervised the cattle feeding. Later he rented the land to reliable young men in the Naponee vicinity. Ray GRANT was one of the men who farmed Dr. HOYLMAN's land, and later purchased his own farm. Carl HUMPERT is another.

The Doctor has built four residences in Naponee and remodeled the one he now lives in on north main street. The first house he built in Naponee is now occupied by Harry GRAF, the next by Mrs. Mamie FRANCISCO, the home he just moved from this year on the south side of the highway is occupied by two families, namely Elmer KOCH and Mr. FEIS. Shorty HARGER resides in the other house Dr. HOYLMAN built.

He has built an office building on main street and it is today being remodeled again so the Doctor can use it. At present he is conducting all his practice from his home.

Of Dr. HOYLMAN's brothers and sisters, three are living today. They are: a brother, Dr. J. L. HOYLMAN, a veterinarian formerly of Franklin and now practicing at Holdrege; a sister, Mrs. J. S. MILLS at Franklin; and another sister, Mrs. G. A. MILLER at Wilsonville.

How many babies has the Doctor brought into the world? More than 900. An accurate record is not obtainable since the old records kept in the courthouse when the county seat was at Bloomington have deteriorated beyond recognition. Then, too, the recording of births and deaths has changed back and forth several times from recorder in a town to county clerk, then city clerk and now back to recorder, of which Dr. HOYLMAN is the present recorder in Naponee. Birth registration started in Nebraska in 1922 and prior to that time records are rather sketchy and incomplete.

How long will the Doctor practice medicine? "I'm just as alert and just as active as ever, and I'll keep on practicing medicine as long as I feel this way," was the way the Doctor put it.

Can you guess who will receive the prize for being Dr. H. B. Hoylman's biggest baby now?

Dr. Hoylman's First Auto, the Fuller, A Marvel


Dr. Hoylman Famous For His Fine Babies

Dr. M. B. HOYLMAN is famous in the Naponee territory for his remarkable ability to set broken bones and for his baby cases.

In all the 46 years of his practice he has set hundreds of broken bones on both youth and adults and none of them have crooked limbs today.

Of the more than 900 births he has attended, they were successful to a very high degree, both for the mother and infant.

His neighbors and friends will tell you, Dr. HOYLMAN never refused, nor does he today at 81 years of age, to make a call. It did not matter whether the Doctor would receive his pay or not. "The need of the sick comes first," he would say, and off he'd go in all kinds of weather.

They'll also tell you they don't remember ever getting a statement from him. Probably some did, but a great many never did.

Dr. HOYLMAN, the esteem of your fellow-citizens is a great tribute to a full and successful life, and no doubt compensation for all the hardships you ever endured.

Dr. Hoylman Administering Chloroform at Operation in Lincoln, 1904

In the above photo Dr. M. B. HOYLMAN is administering chloroform to a woman patient at a Lincoln hospital in 1904, shortly before the Doctor came to Naponee. This was a very up-to-date operating room at that time. Note what the best dressed nurses were wearing at that time. Probably the head gear has changed the least from the present nurse's trim uniforms.

The patient was undergoing a gall bladder operation. The Doctor recalls there were many stones removed and that he had them on display in his office at Naponee for a number of years, until this specimen and several others were destroyed in a fire which burned his frame building to the ground.

The surgeon performing the operation was Dr. WILMETH one of the very finest surgeons and doctors of his day. He was also a professor in the Lincoln Medical School.

While on the subject of offices in Naponee, it might be well to mention here, that in 1925 Dr. HOYLMAN built a brick office building which now is located north of the city auditorium. He later traded this building for the neat one story brick structure with basement which is just south of the city auditorium. The Doctor is having this building redecorated inside and will conduct his practice from it when it is completed.

The trade of the buildings was brought about when the city auditorium was built in 1929 and 1930. The Doctor wanted a building with windows on the south, but with the building of the city auditorium the south windows of his north office would be cut off by the walls of the new auditorium. Then the city agreed to build a building south of the proposed auditorium and trade with the Doctor.

The building of the city auditorium was one of the Doctor's civic projects and one in which he did the greater part of the planning, promoting and many say one to which the Doctor contributed considerable money and material.

It is a fine building and one Naponee and the Doctor can be proud of.

Dr. Hoylman Day Sunday, January 29 at Naponee City Auditorium, as Tribute

Committees for Dr. Hoylman Day

The people of the Naponee community have felt for some time that Dr. M. B. HOYLMAN should be honored for his 46 years of service in Naponee.

A group of them, consisting of the chamber of commerce members and representatives from the twelve Naponee community clubs met January 2 at the Henry SINDT home and started plans for a reception. Noble POHLENZ and Mrs. Henry SINDT are presidents of the two organizations. The club presidents and the committee from the chamber of commerce who attended this plan meeting were:

O.G.D. Mrs. Ed. Applebee

Happy Hour Mrs. Paul Eisenhouer

Klatter Club Mrs. Don Sindt

Sunshine Club Mrs. Ed King

Riverside Mrs Forrest Billings

Priscilla Mrs. Wm. Bendel

L.M.C. Mrs. Henry Graf

M.H.W. Mrs. Ora Zimmerman

Jr. Woman's Club Mrs. Reuben Bashford


Others attending this meeting were Mr. and Mrs. S.E. ELY, Mr. and Mrs. Ervin AMMAN, C.E. BILLINGS and Mr. and Mrs. George SCHNUERLE.

The following committees were appointed to carry out the plans of "Dr. Hoylman Day".

Entertainment - Mrs. S.E. ELY, Mrs. Walter POST, Mrs. John BORHER, Paul SINDT, Wayne KINSEY and Noble POHLENZ.

Gift - Mrs. Henry SINDT (chairman), Mrs. Wayne KINSEY and Mrs. Noble POHLENZ.

Correspondence - This committee met at the home of Mrs. Reuben BASHFORD. They decided to have cards printed to send to several hundred of Dr. HOYLMAN's "babies" and out-of-town friends. The secretary of each of the clubs, some of the presidents and the following men attended: Francis POST, Reuben BASHFORD, Henry SINDT, Roy BASHFORD and Harry McCREADY.

The secretaries of the clubs are - Men's C.C., Francis POST; Woman's C. C., Mrs. Irene STORY; Farmerette, Mrs. Ed GODEKEN; O.G.D., Mrs. Mike STOLTZ; Happy Hour, Mrs. Wm. BENDER; Klatter Club, Mrs. Cordell GRUWELL; M.H.W., Mrs. Guff HARRISON; Jr. Woman's, Cecil DOTY; Sunshine Mrs. Geo. SCHNUERLE; Riverside, Mrs. Marvin STOVER; Priscilla, Mrs. Reuben BASHFORD; L.M., Mrs. Pete KINNAMON.

Refreshment Committee - This committee met at the home of Mrs. Wm. BENDEL January 18. The following clubs are on this committee: Happy Hour, Sunshine, Riverside, Priscilla, O.G.D., and Farmerette. Mrs. Wm BENDEL is chairman of this committee. A lunch of coffee and doughnuts will be served at the reception.

Decoration Committee - The Klatter Club has charge of all the decorations, pinning ribbons on Dr. Hoylman's "babies", etc. Mrs. Don SINDT is president and Mrs. Irene STORY, secretary.

Noble POHLENZ is in charge of the public address loudspeaker setup.

Mrs. Ed. APPLEBEE and Mrs. Ben SINDT, will be in charge of coffee making.

Advertising is in the charge of L.M.C. Club, also Paul SINDT and Noble POHLENZ.

All members of all the clubs are helping in any and every way to try and make this a happy day for all.

"Dr. Hoylman's Day" will be held in the form of a reception Sunday evening, January 29 at 8:00 p.m. at the city auditorium.

Adolph GODEKEN will act as master of ceremonies of the following programs.

Numbers by high school chorus.

Special treat numbers by instrumental trio, consisting of Aaron OLSON, Quinton STORY and Dale RASSMUSSEN.

Vocal solos by Jerry WEBB.

Songs by Barbershoppers of Franklin.

Songs by BLANK quartet of Franklin.

Songs by YELKEN Bros. quartet of Macon.

Lullaby Pantomime by a group of girls.

Narrative of Dr. H.B. Hoylman's Life by Paul SINDT.

Presentations by Mrs. Henry SINDT and Noble POHLENZ.

Response by M. B. HOYLMAN.

March of Dr. HOYLMAN's babies.


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Dr. M. B. HOYLMAN is almost as famous as a successful farmer and cattle feeder as he is as a country doctor.

He purchased pasture and farm land south of Naponee and around Bloomington. In the late twenties he decided to consolidate his land holdings into less acres of better farm land. During this period he began purchasing good bottom land along the river south and west of Naponee.

Good crops could be raised on this practically every year whether drouth or flood. Of this land over 640 acres of the 700 can be irrigated from the Harlan County Reservoir. At present over 100 acres is irrigated by wells and pumps.

A new venture was tried by Dr. HOYLMAN three years ago, when he and Mrs. HOYLMAN journeyed to Lexington, Nebr. and purchased a very gently sloping farm of 140 acres, part of which was in alfalfa with the crop contracted annually by a dehydrating mill there. The Doctor had the rest of the land prepared and seeded to alfalfa. Now the farm is all seeded to alfalfa, and the Doctor says another year's income will pay for the land. A very profitable venture, the Doctor thinks. In fact, he'd like another one like it.

Other tracts include a half section near Holdrege under the Tri-County Irrigation District, pasture land north of Bloomington and wheat land in Kansas near Logan.

The following was taken from the

January 29, 1950 issue of the Sunday World-Herald

Country Doctor Finds Wealth in Affection of Many Friends

Naponee, Neb., -- In worldly goods, M. B. (Doc) HOYLMAN has done all right. Maybe half a million.

Not all from pill-rolling in the country these 46 years, mind you. Land speculation, mostly. He owns a lot of land, has bought and sold many farms, raised cattle.

But his real wealth is in the affection of generations of patients, friends and neighbors.

"I think I have been a successful doctor because I never let a patient down," he said. "Wouldn't trade my friendships for another half-million."

The hundreds of friends were ready to pay homage Sunday to the Doc, a sparkling-eyed 81-year-old Scotsman with a walloping stock of auburn hair and a penchant for visiting.

"Don't know why they're doing this," he said. "It's not my birthday and I'm not retiring,"

The Commercial Club, with President Noble POHLENZ's direction, planned the Sunday celebration. Among visitors were to be dozens of persons whom the Doc ushered into the world -- first, second and third generations.

Doc, a graduate of the old Lincoln Medical School, came here July 1, 1904, and has been busy ever since in a town whose population is around three hundred. His dad was a doctor in the Roseland vicinity southwest of Hastings, Neb.

He figures he's driven 47 cars -- often keeping a spare -- although he first used horse power. Fees: 50 cents a mile out (no charge back), $10 for baby delivery. He is not a surgeon, but is proud of his bone-setting. Haven't had a crooked one," he said.

The 1918 flu was the worst. He said he hot-packed his patients and lost none.

Doc and his wife live modestly in a remodeled, moved-in frame house, their third here. They have a son, Commdr. Eric G. HOYLMAN, Ret., former Navy Dental Surgeon.

Doc said he has a surprise ready himself for the Sunday celebration.

"I'm known as quite a talker," he said. "Well, I'm going to talk one-half minute and sit down."


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