Early County Doctors Page

Van Zandt County Genealogical Society


These are a few brief biographies of the early Van Zandt County physicians who practiced medicine in the "good old days" where often they traveled to their patients by horse and buggy, through all kinds of weather. They were highly respected in their respective communities and throughout the county. These biographies were extracted by Mable Cook from the minutes of the Van Zandt County Medical Society. If anyone has more information on these doctors, please let us know by contacting Sibyl and we will be happy to add the information and thank you for sharing.


Dr. Eligha Taylor Rhodes

Dr. Eligha Taylor Rhodes was born to Mr. and Mrs. J.C. H. Rhodes in the red hills of Oxford, Mississippi, on September 2, 1861. At an early age, the Rhodes family came to Van Zandt County, Texas. Eligha decided to make his community a better place so he went to medical school in Memphis, Tennessee. He returned home and married Miss Ada Presley about 1900. He established his medical practice in the Wisdom Temple Community and practiced for 40 years. He followed this labor of love day and night, though all kinds of weather, traveling over icy roads, across frozen streams, to take care of the sick, comforting the sorrowers, and hearing the cries of the new born. He died May 25, 1936 at his home. Eligha and Ada Rhodes had three children: Howard, Hettie and Pauline.


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