Category Archives: Profiles Of Waco Medicine

The Setting of Waco in 1866

George Erath and Neil McLennan founded Waco Village in 1849. The first recorded physicians in Waco were Dr. J.L. Boykin and Dr. John Jones in 1851, based on their purchases of quinine, opium, ipecac, morphine and rhubarb, logged in the … Continue reading

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David Richard Wallace, M.D. (1825-1911)

In his 1931 book overviewing the first 50 years of Waco Medicine, Dr. William Wilkes stated, “Dr. Wallace was undoubtedly the greatest man the Waco Medical Association has ever known.” David Wallace was born in North Carolina, the grandson of … Continue reading

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General Richard Harrison, M.D.

Richard grew up in Mississippi. While his three brothers chose law, he chose medicine and attended Kentucky Medical College, then served as a general practice physician and state senator in Mississippi. His brothers and sisters all moved to Texas before … Continue reading

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Not Afraid to Speak Up

Oliver Halbert M.D. grew up in Waco and graduated from Waco University in 1873, then studied medicine at the University of Louisville before coming back to practice on the east side of Waco. His passion for learning led him to … Continue reading

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The Adventurous Sherwood Owens, M.D.

The first name on the list of ten physicians who formed the Waco Medical Association was its oldest (at 47) and most adventurous physician who called the meeting to order and stated its purpose. A hefty man with sandy hair … Continue reading

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The First President of the Waco Medical Association

Timeline: March 1, 1849 Waco Village is founded; August 29, 1856 the City of Waco incorporates; April-May 1865 the Civil War is over. In 1866, the year before construction began on the Suspension Bridge, the Waco Medical Association was founded. … Continue reading

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