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Dr. Horace Lee McCall


Horace Lee was born May 7, 1865 in Cherokee County, Texas, to parents Duncan & Margaret McCall. They had come to Texas, from Tensas Parrish, Louisiana, to try to make a better life after battling the flooding of the Mississippi River many times.


Horace decided on a career in medicine. It is thought that the reason he made this choice, his family had lost many of it’s members due to the fevers and other illnesses of that time. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville Tennessee with the  class of 1893.


Soon after he came to Houston County to practice in the Tadmor community, near Ratcliff. He met a young lady, Lula Musgrove, born Oct. 17, 1876, daughter of Monsieur & Susan Musgrove. The couple were married Oct. 20, 1895 at the home of the bride’s parents, in the Coltharp Community. They built a home in the Tadmor community, and their three daughters were born there. Pearl, born March 6, 1897, married Jess Wells. Minnie Lee, born Jan. 6, 1900 married Lee Childers. The youngest daughter, Nena, born July 26, 1903 devoted her life to teaching school.


Around 1915, the doctor and his family moved to Ratcliff, where they built a home, and he built a drugstore & doctors office . These were the days when doctors went to homes to treat the sick. He went in all kinds of weather on muddy roads by car or sometimes horseback. Money was not easy to come by, he was paid many times with vegetables, meat, eggs, whatever the family had. He was known for telling things the way they were! He believed cleanliness was next to Godliness, so many times he would have the family to clean the place first so the sick could get well. Back then little was known about “germs”! He saved many lives and delivered many babies in the area and was well respected.


He died Oct. 17, 1958 after practicing medicine for sixty-five years. He is buried next to his wife, Lula, who died April 22, 1958. They are buried at Old Zion Cemetery, near Tadmor community.


Submitted by:  Avis Wells Walton

                     Great-granddaughter of Horace Lee McCall



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