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. William Thomas
Dr. William Thomas was born April 15, 1882 near Terrell in Kaufman County, Texas. The family moved to Van Zandt County in 1893. He attended rural schools until 1899. He began the study of medicine in 1901, graduating from the University of Nashville in Tennessee in 1905. He took post graduate courses at Poly-Clinic in New Orleans, Lousiana, until 1908.
He entered the practice of medicine at Wills Point, Texas but he was only there for about five months when, under appointment as assistant physician, he entered the employ of the state at the North Texas Insane Asylum at Terrell, Texas. He remained there for one years and resigned in August 1906. He re-entered private practice at this time and also got married. He moved to Matodor, Motley County, where he did general practice until February 1911 when he was again appointed assistant physician to the North Texas Hospital for the Insane. He served there until 1916. He then took special work at Puro Infirmary. He was next appointed Field Director Rural Sanitation through the Texas State Health Officer and Rockefellow Institute in June 1917. He was commissioned 1st Lieut. Medical Corps, US Army, on May 3, 1918 for immediate activity. He was ordered to Hoboken, New Jersey where for a time he served at the Port of Embarkation under the attending surgeon. Then he was transferred to Camp Mills, Long Island, New York where he was attached to the Camp Surgeon's office as inspector of troops until January 22, 1919 when he was discharged.
He re-entered private practice at Mabank, Texas until June 1921 when he received an appointment as acting assistant surgeon and was sent to the US. Veterans training center at San Antonio, Texas, as medical officer in charge He transferred to the district office in Dallas, Texas October 10, 1921 and was appointed district neuropsychiatrist.
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