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. Willard Clifton Hearin

Dr. Willard Clifton Hearin was born at Bladon Springs, Alabama, on January 31, 1887, and received his early schooling in the common schools at Bladon Springs. He later attended the Jackson Agriculture College in Jackson, Alabama, for three years, 1901-1903. He began the study of medicine at Vanderbilt University in 1906 and spent two years in that institution and then went to Tulane University of Louisiana. He received his medical degree from there in 1910. He practiced medicine in Hill House, Mississippi, for eighteen months and moved from there to Belton, South Carolina on account of his heath and remained in Belton until January 1915. While in Belton, he married Miss Eunice Bristow or Greenville, South Carolina. He moved to Canton, Texas in January 1915. He volunteered and served with the American Expeditionary Forces in France and Germany from December 1917 to May 1919. He was a captain in the medical corps and served with Base Hospital 84 and Camp Hospital 48 in France and 4th Pioneer Infantry in Germany. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Baptist Church.


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