FROM EMBRYO ENGINEER TO COUNTRY DOCTOR


| July/August 1952



drive the Gaar Scott thresher

Courtesy of Dale Nitzel, Photographer, 4051/2 East Douglas, Bloomington, Illinois.

Dale Nitzel

Illinois Part II

Some of the crowd that gathered to see the Canton Monitor drive the Gaar Scott thresher in a hand feed demonstration at the Pontiac Reunion in 1951. Both engine and separator are over 70 years old. This is worth driving a long ways to see.

COUNTRY DOCTOR

After two years of private practice my wife and I decided to move to my boy-hood community where I would become a country doctor.

Again my admiration for our family friend, Dr. Edward F. Law, seemed to guide me, for I was to take over his office. Dr. Law had decided to retire. He and his wife and their son and daughter moved to their farm in a nearby community. His son. Or. Otis H. Law, has followed his father's profession, and is now one of the outstanding physicians and surgeons of Pontiac, Illinois. He, too. is my personal physician, intimate friend, and real pal.

My six years of peddling pills as a country doctor in the Weston, Illinois community were begun in those influenza times. I began to realize that I had been born '30 years too soon' for there was still to much horse and buggy practice. There were no improved roads, and certainly no pavements, just plenty of mud. During the winter months practically all trips were by horse and buggy or sleigh. In that winter of 1917-1918, three feet of snow covered the ground. Many days temperatures fell to 15 or 20 degrees below zero. Often we drove over hedges and fences covered with high drifts of snow.

Here was my re-introduction to my boyhood winters.