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THE DANBURY REPORTE f
I. M. Gordon
To the Editor,
The Danbury Reporter,
Danbury, N. C.
In the Danbury Reporter of
January 11th, there appears an
editorial captioned "Better Medi
cal Care." In this article the Ed
itor points out the fact that while
medical authorities say that one
medical doctor is needed for cash
1000 people the average in the
rural sections is only one to each
5175. He further states that in
Stokes county, with a population
of 22.000 and only five physicians,
there is only one to each 4500.
This is a timely reminder and
should claim the serious consider
ation of those in position to do
something about the matter.
These five doctors are not f
young any more and some of thrm
are not so active in the profes
sion. Every indication is that
in a few brief years Stokes coun
ty will be entirely v :lhout a prac
ticing physician unless some fic
tion is taken to relieve this acute
situation, or others move into the
county from other sections, and
it is entirely reasonable to sur
; mise that such other sections are
[ r . out the same plight.
1 . same condition applies al-
I 10 other counties without larjre
towns or cities.
The crop of physicians now do
ing the practice in rural a'.id small
town communities are those who 1
were licensed some forty or less
years ago before the "powers that '
be" set up requirements to obtain '
medical license that prohibits '
worthy and capable young men o! 1
moderate means from underta- '
king to prepare for the profession. 1
This, in my opinion, is a tra- '
gie blunder anil gross injustice i: (
the small towns and rural com- '
jmunities, along with their prom- v
isir.g and naturally gifted young *
men. Now it is "up to" those who !
did this to take care of the situa- 1
It is an easy matter to board
an elevator and ascend to the 10th '
floor of a skyscraper and there '
Bpin theories, dream dreams and
Bee visions- all in the name o r
progress, but when we descend to r
?arth we find they will not "pan
sut." Where are the young doc- 1
ors to take places of the old ones
is they drop out? Where ar- "
hey to come from?
I have talked this matter with
hree practicing physicians and
am toid that at the present
ipie, in ord?r to obtain a licens 1
n Practice medicine sn North
a r oi;m the requirements are
• _ 'e student mrst he a grv'- ]
lii-'i s-hool. t!i ;, t he r.vs
' ' ■> !"».•• r v eo|-
y hi i) r-i 4 inT r ' - "
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.'..,,.1 r , , |I, . Co',)'
"irs in eT'lUro i«s chv'fcd ear'
illv and ! f fu nd "n'i-jfis ;!••.!■•• !•>
then required fo attend medi-
cal college four other am
1 t:.cn serve two ycrrs U3 lntcia
in a hospital, i Possibly the tcrir
of interne has been reduced to on
year during the war). Then I:
he can pass the rigid examination
given he is licensed to practice
medicine. These physicians sa..
. that at present the cost will range
» from $15,000 to $25,000 to takj
* this course. It is a pretty safe
i bet that a young man who has
. spent 10 years of his active life
i plus at least $15,000 in cash pre
i paring himself for this profession
i is not going to locate at some
, cross roads or in a village in a
rural section. He will steer d'
; rect to the city and most likely
. for some branch of special wor'-
i I have made some inquiry an 1
I am unable to learn of but one
medical student at this time in
this whole section and I am told
that he is specializing for a par
ticular line of work. If an ade
quate number of young men were
to "take off" for the medical pro
fession at the close of the high
schools at the coming Spring
Term and all should succeed as
rapidly as permitted in the course
it would be about 10 years before
they would be available to supply
the needs. What then will hap
ren in t>»e meantime?
Up to some 40 or fewer year;,
ago, a farmer's son, full of pen,
natural talent and energy, having
a desire to do something and
amount to something, at the term
ination ot his schooling of some
academy or high school, wou : d
decide to study for the medic::!
profession, and off to a medical
college he would go and in about
three years, and at reasonable
cost, he would return to his home
or nearby village and be-in hi
career serving the surroundin., '
community as a country doctor. ;
winning the respect and .ipprccia- ]
tion of the whole surrounding i
section and, incidentally, a goo>l
income for self and family.
Say what you may in criticism
as to their preparations; they (
have kept read-up and abreast of
the times and new features and
discoveries and today they are
doing the practice for possibly th?
majority of the citizenship of
North Carolina, and but for them
it would not be done at all. Un
der present standard required,
when a young man comes to con
sider the medical profession and
jontemplat • the lonr difficult road °
■md expense— 10 years and from
$15,000 to $25,000 in ca-h it is ''
little wonder that he decides to
l>ut that time and money, if li •
las it. into some effort.
A'hnt will those who have closed
he door to this type of am!i- ■'
ious young m n of limited nn-atu -
\> to remedy this situation" I' '
- in order for tfcepi to reduce th ''
•>hSni»i\i r '.'dromon's or 11: pub ?
ic will si uVr f r their • po '
(Continued on page >S)
Danbury, N. C., Thur.* day, Feb. 8, 1945 * * *
d DECLARING Dt TH ON' RATS
A—n Mrs. Clara Ralston
.. (By the County Agent)
, Named to Head 194 )
, „ Victory Gaidens
This is a picture of persons
: mixing the rat bait put out by Mrs . Clara Ra!ston . PtokcP
Stokes County citizens last spring, county's popular r.nd able Home
Approximately (300 people Used Demonstration agent, has be-, n
( the bait and got good results. One narn d to head the 1945 Victory
, farmer county 50 rats killed on ar(^rn 'bo requev.
i.- of the N. C. State Director (>.'
i his p»ace.
. _ . Civilian Defense R. L. McMillan
1 L. C. Whitehead, Rodent Con
From time to time Mrs. Ralston
• trol, Raleigh, says that he can be ... . , ... , ..
will inform the public as to the
with us later this spring. At progress of her work for Victory
this time we will cover the coun- Gardens.
ty and would like for each fam
ily to take part in the control
program. Unless we work togeth
er our aim cannot be accomplish
eu. We are asking you to talk to
people in your community and
let us know if you want the pro
giam. The cost will be about tin
same as last year.
VAOE MECTM NEWS
Vade Meeum.— Ralph Frye of
the t SMC, spent the pr.st week
end at horpe here.
Pvt. Ellis Jones, U. S. Armv,
spent the v:cik-"nd with hor
Air. p.d Mrs. Sandy Valen a:, i
Mis. V.Td M'lrpjy v'fitej V».
Wc'jTff in a Mt. Airy hosnit >.•
last W dncsJay and :Uso Mr. an !
Mrs. E.l Jones and family -v.
M:ss Caroline Shelton spent
Saturday night with Miss Edith
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Venable
spent Sundr."7" ft Lawsonville with
Mr. and Mrs. ILemly Lawson.
Elder J. W. Brown was dinner
guest of Mr. and Mrs. Everette
Mr. and Mrs. Sandy Vaden visit
ed Mr. and Mrs. Luther Shelton
and fnmity Thursday night.
Miss Burnice Smith spent Mon
day nignt with Miss Alice Frye. 1
I. v>. MOORKFIEI.D
RKCDVf RS LOST PI'RSE '
T . V'. M• i rflcl 1 of M
f"vn ! the wallet recently lo. i- t > "
1 .'p '■ ' " (-,' ■•>■ t , r .• own. i .
'.-anv 1 vV> was.
•i 11. '!)) ■" >•'.• ;i: ( ,i r■' :l >
' Hl'i • I s..;:ie ?()\ 0 ; c . ••
• > i *:r' ! i-? ri mcp-.' ••r o: t' • '
••d rationing board. He recci ,v '
!20 reward. /
i Herbert Young Dead
Herbert E. Young, aged 35.
died in Winston. Surviving are
the widow, the former Miss Lena
1 Smith; ey» daughter, Betty Juv
■ Young: his parents, Mr. ar.d Mr-
Earl C. Young of Walnut Cove:
one brother, McCarver Young !
Charlotte: three sisters, Mr°.
J-.p.ics Oakley of Wa!rr.:t Co-:- ;
Mrs. Marvin Llewellyn of Char
. !o;te an'! Mrs. Clifton Fotd o'
Miss Marie S'.uva;i
we k wi!ii hi..":e it.'.! - in I. »•.
ville. Route 1. She is the daugh
ter "f Mr. and Mr.-.. Will S'«,.
and holds a position with t'v Na
tional Carbon Co., Winston-Salep'.. 1
Miss Luna Taylor, who is teach
ing at Asheboro. spent the week- |
end at her home here. ,
»*» » ♦
Chas. Arrington and Elmer E.
Shelton of Francisco were here ]
this weeft. (
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Willi,
Joyce >'f Meadows, twins. On"
died this week. I
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SGT. JACK SIMMONS
DIES IN ACTION
SOX OK MR. AND MRS. S. I).
SIMMONS, WESTFIELD 2f
STOKES BOYS NOW DEAD l.\
Mi. ar.d Mrs. S. D. Simmons oi
V»ld. Route 1, were notified
by the War Department Fcbruar.
sth that tneir son, Sgt. Jack Sim
mons was killed in action Januan
20. No other details are available
Twenty-six Stokes county boyr
have lost their lives in the war to
date, in the order as follows:
I.kut. David R. Mitchell, Kir*
killed in action in china.
J jhn W. Collins, Francisco
. killed in action in Florida.
Li' ut. Jack Hutchers-jn. Walnut
Co-p, ki'le I in jilanc crash while
, training in Florida.
Pvt. Loyd Morefield, King, kill
• ed in action at Bougainville.
Cpl. Robert Hall, Meadows, kill
ed in acticn in South Pacific.
Petty Officer Jimmy Wallace
Jriffin, Sandy Ridge, kiiled in ac
. tion in Italy.
Cpl. Drewry Glenn Hooker, ot
! King, killed in action in Sicily.
P:'c Everette J. Fulk, 1 mnacle
killed in action in France, July 17
Lieut. Thos. A. Egglcston. D:1
' rard, killed in action !n Italy, Jul.
Sgt. Thomas H. Shclor, Frv.r.
Cisco, killed in action in Franc.
Juno 20, 1944.
Sgt. Richard T. P 'I, Jr., W.s'
f-!•!. hilled in Fran-.'o, J Iv I.
S-t. o. \v. Sla.v.-ter, Kinv. kil'
•" " :» '-"1 !'I .P.C\ At: ivt L
• : -nojjs, Franci«ei., k.l
> i in •'" i -:i in France, S
1 (>.' 1
Pvt. Cilnit r W. White. Route 2
V.alnat Cove, killed in action ir,
France September 22, 1944.
Pfc. Howard D. Tuttle, Oerman '
ten, died on July 21, 1944, >;
wounds received whMe in action
Pvt. Jadie C. Hodge, of Sandv
Ridge, killed in action in Holland
on Sept. 21, 1941.
Hubert Merritt of King, killed
Pvt. Ruck Horton of King, kill
ed in action in Belgium.
P.'c. Millard E. Mabc of San ! ,
Ridge, killed in action in
dum, 0.-t. 27. 1944.
Pvt. Clayt Cardwell of We.--
fi' H. Vl-d in action in Oerpian--
'•''•i- Lawson. of Lawsonvip.
' ! i action in European t'.
O-i:' « Malcolm V,!l.
• '" !f e 1, killed in . ■
' ■ C t. 29. 1011.
•' ••• Marvin O. Lackey, La-* - '
■i" i i • . ,
i • wounds rvv'v
cf Oennnny, Do .•!.•! c r
1 ) f
• ' '• "ith, German'on, '
:i 1;on in European area in P.. '
Paris M. Pepper
1 Paris M. Pepper, son of Mi. and
■ Mrs. X. K. Pepper has received
commendation from his command
ing officer for outstanding si rvic;
i and meritorious conduct in the
Paris is a seaman first class on
■ the aircraft carrier Cabot, and
has seen service for 16 months in
Pacific waters with Task Force 5S
of the Third Fleet.
1 The commendation received by
Seaman Pepper was as follows:
"1. You are hereby commended
for service as set forth in the fol
"For outstanding service and
meritorious conduct as a member
I ol the crew of I'. S. S. Cabot oil
25 November, 1944, off the west
coast of the Philippines while
this vessel! was under attack by
Japanese aircraft. During and
after a heavy aerial assault he
displayed unusual ability, skill,
and untiring devotion to duty
which contributed to the defense
of the ship, quick repair of dam
age. and aid to the wounded, thai
assisting in restoring the ship ts
a state of highest possible effici
ency. His loyalty and devotion
to duty was in keeping with the
highest traditions of the United
States Xavnl service.
"2. A copy of this «omnienda
tion will be filed with your service
record and a suitable notation
Sgrt. Alger Martin
Is Prisoner of War
Sgt. Algol M; ilia, son . f Mr.
and Mrs. John R. M-irtin, West
field, has been reiM.rted ■> prisoner
of war of' the Hernial.'-. He en
tered tfie army in 1942 ..mi was
trained in Tex: s. He went over
seas in September. 194-1 and was
reported missing in action Oct.
31, 1944. - .
Xo news was heard from Sgt.
Martin until he broadcast a mes
sage to his parents over the P. O.
W. Propaganda Program from
Germany, shortwave. Jan. 22. Mr.
and Mrs. Martin received 42 cards
and letters from listeners in the
I nited States who heard the news
and conveyed it to the parents.
Kx-Sheriff J. Frank Dunlap is
S'.riously ij| at his home m Wal-
Cr.v. Ho W as stricken Fri-
Of * »\ IP •?.
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T\ ?! (; in, Fraueirco. li'l) Jj u
ar'.on in France.
: ,i. Jack Simmons, \Vt"-:field,
K "c " in potion of).