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. Leon Sanders
Dr. D. Leon Sanders, Wills Point retired physician, died October 1, 1959. The pioneer physician who had practiced medicine for over 60 years was a native of Ben Wheeler. He was born October 2, 1871, to Levi Lindsey and Suzanne Collins Sanders. Dr. Sanders was educated at the Almo Institute in Ben Wheeler, receiving his pre-med training at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY. Following graduation from the Kentucky School of Medicine at Louisville, he returned to Ben Wheeler, where he began his practice of medicine. From there he went to Edom, then Denson Springs and Eastland before settling in Wills Point where he was city health officer for 45 years. He remained at Wills Point until his death. He retired from his practice in February 1955. A veteran of World War I, Dr. Sanders served two years in the Army Medical Corps. He was appointed regimental surgeon of the National Guard Division at Wills Point and commissioned major in the Medical Corps, a post which he held for 14 years. Upon his retirement, he held the rank of lieutenant colonel.
He was a member of the Royal Arch Masons, the Blue Lodge, the Hella Temple and the Methodist Church. A member of the Van Zandt County Medical Society since 1906, he served 38 years as secretary-treasurer. He also belonged to the Texas Medical Association and was elected to honorary membership in this organization in 1950. Other medical memberships which he held included the American Medical Association, and formerly the Southern Medical Association.
Members of the family surviving Dr. Sander included his wife, the former Miss Nell Wren Williams of Marshall; three daughters, Mrs. Constance Sanders Todd of Independence, Kansas; Miss Blanche Sanders of New York; and Miss Mary Lee Sanders of Dallas; two stepsons; a stepdaughter; four grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. J.H. Cates of Seagoville. Dr. Sanders was 88 years old when he died.
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