Historian's Corner

Charlene Cole
Sandy Creek/Lacona Historian
Historian's Corner
January 1, 2014

Photo: This postcard is titled “A rare winter scene” Look familiar?

A new book - Every new book project starts small and after beginning research on the new “Doctors of Sandy Creek” book we realize what a big project it actually will be.

This community has had the great good fortune to have been served by competent and dedicated doctors, from the time people first settled here in the early 1800’s right down to the present time.

Undoubtedly, we must give the honor of being the first local resident doctor to Dr. James A. Thompson, who came in 1815 and practiced medicine here for forty-four years, until his death.

The County History (1789-1877) states also that his son, Dr. Allen Thompson, had been a doctor here for 43 years. This town has had several father and son combinations and three-generation group represented in the local medical profession. This book will include 21 Doctors, 6 Dentists, 2 Optometrists and while we are at it we will include 8 Drug Stores.

As always it is a team effort and my team includes Phyllis LeBeau, Irene Fuller and Joyce Miles. Phyllis who loves to research, Irene has helped with the typing and Joyce is working on improving access to the genealogy files while looking for more information. It takes a “team effort” to produce a book and we have a top notch team. These local history books continue our effort to document Sandy Creek/Lacona history for future generations.

A “Schools of Sandy Creek” book is in the future. People are asking about a Woodlawn Cemetery book which will be the biggest project yet with well over 5,000 burials. This book will be done in small segments beginning at the oldest sections first and is a year or more in the future.