Introduction

There is no known "official" history of Darrtown. The best we have to work with are the Darrtown-related articles, journals, and/or stories that are handed down from one generation to the next. This "History" section of Darrtown.com provides an unofficial, well-intentioned, collection of such information.

 

Some items, in this website, conflict with others; such is the lot of those who attempt to capture history. We gather as many pieces of the puzzle as we can, position them to the best of our ability, and a more accurate record of the past gradually evolves.

 

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"History never looks like history,

when you are living through it."

John W. Gardner (1933-1982)

This page features information about doctors who served Darrtown and vicinity.

 

Like the other pages at this website, this page is a "work in progress." Information is added as it is discovered and/or contributed.

 

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DARRTOWN DOCTORS

 

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Dr. Herbert E. Twitchell - circa late 19th century:

 

In September 2014, Kim Johnson contributed the following article and photograph that he discovered within Ancestry.com records. The date of the article's first appearance is unknown. It seems that the person who wrote the article was not familiar with Darrtown, as he referred to the village of Darrtown as a "small city."

 

Given the years associated with Dr. Twitchell's life span and other life-markers reported below, it appears that Dr. Twitchell served Darrtown and vicinity in the late 1870s and/or early 1880s.

 

 

"HERBERT EUGENE TWITCHELL was born in Chatfield, Minnesota, March 27, 1855 and was the first white child native to the village.

With his sisters Edna, Carpie and Martha (the only brother died in infancy) he was educated, first in the schools of Chatfield, attending Chatfield Academy in its short, but honorable, span.  He then went to Normal School at Winona, Minnesota - teaching school, for a time afterward, in the Chatfield public schools.

His formal medical training he received in the Louisville Medical College, where he graduated in 1877, after having received a scholarship.  He began the practice of medicine in the small city of Darrtown,Ohio, and in 1882 received postgraduate training at the University of Cincinnati.

In 1885 he took the hospital course at the Cincinnati General Hospital and, on April 18, 1886, he opened an office at Hamilton,Ohio where he practiced his profession, until a few years before his death.

In 1878, he was married Carrie A. Spencer of Louisville, and of this union one child was born, Anna Spencer Twitchell, who is now Mrs. Dwight Person of Los Angeles, California, who gained some prominence as a writer of verse for our leading periodicals.  She was a member of the Poetry Society of America, and has published one volume of verse, W...STAR AND GRASS, a copy of which is in the Chartield Library. Carrie Spencer Twitchell died May 14, 1885.

The late president McKinley appointed Dr. Twitchell one of the surgeons of the First Ohio Volunteer Infantry, with the rank of Captain, during the Spanish American War and he served until the end of the war in 1898.

In October, 1915, Dr. Twichell was named Surgeon of the Central Branch of the National Military home in Dayton, but did not accept the position.

Dr. Twitchell was a member of the Sons of The Revolution and of the Military Order of the LO...Legion of the U.S.A. which consists of sons of officers of the Army of the United States."

Dr. Herbert EugeneTwitchell

 

The image, above, was contributed by Kim Johnson.

 

Presumably, the handwriting on the right panel of the image is accurate and thus links this image to the story told in the article at the left.

 

According to the above news item, Dr. Twitchell practiced medicine in Darrtown and Hamilton, Ohio.

 

Also, Dr. Twitchell was cited as the local physician who directed the exhuming of a murder victim's body during the investigation of the 1884 Schneider murder case.

Dr. Andrew B. Wilkie - circa early 20th century

 

As this record is being written (September, 2014), we have, at least three sources that corroborate Dr. Andrew Wilkie as a physician for many who lived in and around Darrtown during the early 20th century.

  1. Personal recollections
  2. L. A. Miller Diaries
  3. U. S. census reports

 

Details related to these three sources are provided below.

1. Personal Recollections

 

There are some individuals still living (2014) who recall Dr. Wilkie from their personal memories or they recall older relatives who spoke of him. For example:

  • Dale Bufler recalls that Dr. Wilkie had an office (and possibly a residence) on the east side of Main Street, between Apple and North Streets.
  • Ron Wiley and Fred Lindley, among others, recall a "Gladys Wilkie" farm that was the second place west of Darrtown, on the north side of Schollenbarger Road (see map below).
  • Charley Teckman, in two email messages (posted below) shared his recollections of Doctor Wilkie.

Webmaster Note: Background to two email messages from Charles Teckman

 

In 2012, the Darrtown.com webmaster posted a request for people to submit memories of George Kolb. In response, Charles Teckman shared his recollection of George Kolb.

 

During the exchange of information about George Kolb, Charley included information about TWO DARRTOWN MEN that he remembered as Dr. Wilkie (see Charley's 2012 message posted below, left).

 

In 2014, when asked to clarify his 2012 comments about the two men named Dr. Wilkie, Charley shared more of his memories (see Charley's 2014 message posted below, right).

2012 email message

from Charles Teckman

 

“Fred,

 

The George Kolb farm, as I understand it was the next farm East of your grandfather.  It was in the 1940’s owned by Joe Dietrich. I think I am right.

 

Dr. Wilkie came to Darrtown from the State of Washington.  Somehow Belle Wilkie Miller, wife of Ernie Miller,  was a niece of Dr. Wilkie.  She was the daughter of another Dr. Wilkie, in Darrtown, who delivered me as a baby in 1929.  He lived just four houses  South of us on the East side of 177 between Schmidts on the South and Laughlins on the North. The property today is a lot full of weeds.

 

Dr. Wilkie became a friend of Miss Harris who lived alone, after her parents died on the farm across the road (north) side of the road from your grandparents.  They married and lived together on the farm, which of course was her property.

 

Note, we are talking about two different Dr. Wilkie’s.  One who spent his life in Darrtown.  I remember him when I was a boy,  and the second who came to Darrtown when he was an older man , after living and practicing medicine in Washington state.

 

Charley"

2014 email message

from Charles Teckman

 

"Fred,

 

The info I gave you is correct as I remember it.

 

The first Dr. Wilkie, who practiced in Darrtown and delivered me in 1929, was the father of Bell Wilkie Miller, and he died about early 1940s.

 

The second Dr. Wilkie who married Miss Harris came to Darrtown, after 1950, from Seattle , Washington to live with his niece Bell Miller, wife of Ernie Miller.

 

I think Ernie and Bell met when she worked the Darrtown telephone company for Ernie’s father L.A. Miller whom you know from the diary.

 

Charley"

Webmaster Note:

 

The map at the right illustrates the information

in Charley Teckman's email messages (above).

 

Also, note that he location of Dr. Wilkie's office was confirmed by Dale Bufler's comment (see "1. Personal recollections" above).

2. L. A. Miller Diaries

 

Dr. Wilkie is mentioned in the L. A. Miller diaries - which span the years between 1910 and 1937. In his diaries, Mr. Lewis A. Miller writes about interacting with Dr. Wilkie on his own accord and, more specifically, L. A. Miller mentions Dr. Wilkie, in reference to Bell, Dr. Wilkie's daughter. In 1916, Bell Wilkie married Ernie Miller, who was the son of Mr. L. A. Miller.

3. U. S. Census Reports

 

 Several U. S. Census reports for Darrtown and vicinity provide information that confirms Dr. Wilkie as being the area physician:

The 1910 census report displays the name "Andrew B. Wilkie" on the same page as other persons who are known to have lived in or near Darrtown. Hence, it seems reasonable to conclude that Dr. Andrew Wilkie was a resident of Darrtown and/or vicinity.

Census details for the Wilkie family appear at the right and below.

The 1910 census report reveals that:

  • Andrew Wilkie was 48 years old and his wife, Mary A. Wilkie, was 45.
  • Andrew's occupation appears as "physician" in a "general practice."
  • Both Andrew and Mary listed Canada as their place of birth.
  • Eliza B. Wilkie (age 18) is listed as their daughter and a single (not married) resident in their home. Presumably, the middle initial "B" stands for "Bell." We know (from the L. A. Miller Diaries) that Bell Wilkie was the daughter of Dr. Wilkie.
  • Eliza B. Wilkie's occupation is listed as "Tel opr" with the "Home Tel. Co." - which confirms information found in the L. A. Miller diaries.

The 1920 census report provides similar information, except that in 1920, only Andrew and Mary are listed (presumably Bell had move out by that time; the L. A. Miller diaries show that Bell and Ernie Miller married June 15, 1916).

The 1930 census report shows similar information and includes the fact that a grandson, William Miller (age 12) was, at that time, living with Andrew and Mary. William Moulton Miller was the son of Bell and Ernie Miller.

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