Along The Way
By Emily Klllette _
Dentistry, unlike medical practice,
was not considered a necessity as
America was being settled. Duplin's
professional dentistry history datis
only back to the turn of the centuw.l
Dr. A.3. Bland wrote about den
tistry in Duplin County in the Feb
ruary 24,1955 issue of THE DUPLIN
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hospital edition published by the
newspaper at the time Kenansville's
Duplin General Hospital opened.
Dr. Bland Write* of Dentistry
In Daplln County
Dentistry in Duplin County, prior
to the end of the 19th century,
consisted mainly of extracting aching
teeth bv the family physician, or
some man in the community who
owned one or more extracting for
cepts and sometimes a turn key, and
would pull a tooth when necessary to
If other types of dental services
were desired, it was necessary to go
to Wilmington, Goldsboro, Fayette
ville or Kinston where practicing
dentists could be found.
About the turn of the present
century, there were dentists in
Duplin County who did not confine
? their practice to one place. They took
their equipment to certain localities
I by horse and buggy or practiced
in the home ot some friends for
i several days at a time.
I A general practice, such as, was
* carried on in their regular office.
? Also, some of the dentists who lived
in Sampson County practiced the
I same type of dentistry by traveling
? into Duplin County. Dr. D.H. Ray
' and Dr. J.C.D. Herring were two
J dentists of Sampson County who did
- this type of practice.
Dr. Herring later opened an office
\ in Warsaw and practiced there the
? rest of his life.
There were the three Boyette
' brothers who were born and reared
; near Warsaw and in their early
careers practiced in Duplin County.
! Dr. Jim Boyette later located in
; Goldsboro, Dr. Charlie settled in
Clinton, and Dr. Frank stayed in
Warsaw and practiced there the
same time as Dr. Herring.
Dr. H.E. Newbury practiced
dentistry in Warsaw for a short while
around 1910, as did Dr. Charlie
Bass. A little later Dr. W.E. Hines
practiced in Warsaw for a number of
years until he and Dr. Newbury
retired from dentistry to engage in
other business activities, and Dr.
Dr. S.E. Butler went to Warsaw
and opened an office there about
1916. He practiced there until the
middle 1920s when he moved to
Scotland Neck, where he later died.
Dr. A.B. Bland began his practice
in Warsaw in the fall of 1919. He
remained there until the fall of 1927
then moved to Durham to practice
Dr. Alvin Mallard began his
practice in Warsaw during the
summer of 1921, and about 1926 he
went to Goldsboro where he still
actively engages in dentistry.
Dr. Harvey Kornegay began his
practice in Warsaw during trie fall of
1927 and later went into the Army as
a dental officer.
Dr. Alexander went to Warsaw
about 1930 and opened a dental
office, but left in a few years to
practice in some other place. Dr.
Smith located in Warsaw and prac
ticed there for a few years. He was
followed by Dr. J.M. Kornegay. Dr.
Mett Ausley went to Warsaw in 1954
to begin a practice of dentistry. He
and Dr. Kornegay are still looking
after the dental needs of Warsaw.
Dr. Ira Hawes began the practice
of dentistty in Rose Hill during the
early part of this century and con
tinued until his death in the late
Dr. Carl S. Sloan began his
practice in Wallace early in the 1900s
and continued until his death about
Dr. H.C. Carr began his practice
in Wallace about 1915. He left
Wallace in a year or two, going to
Durham, where he is still actively
engaged in dentistry.
Dr. O.A. Teachey opened his
office in Wallace about 1916, after
practicing several years in Rose Hill.
He still carries on his practice in
Dr. V.H. Rouse began hi* practice
in Wallace during 1919, where he
remained until his death about 1930.
Dr. Dennis opened an office in
Wallace about 1932, leaving in 1934
to practice in Kaieign. tie sail carries
on his practice.
Dr. A.B. Bland came to Wallace in'
1933 and is still actively in practice.
Dr. C.V. Zibelin began his practice
in Wallace during September of 1934
and is still actively engaged in the
practice of dentistry, as is Dr. D.L.
Wells Jr., who opened his office in
Wallace about 1945 or 1946.
There was a time in the early g.
1940s when Dr. H.A. Edwards of ?
Pink Hill had certain days devoted to
the practice of dentistry in Kenans
ville, but later he discontinued this to
practice full-time in Pink Hill.
Susan IX Matthews of Faison is
one of seven students at East
Carolina University to receive
scholarships from endowments
established by professor emeritus
Richard C. Todd.
Each recipient received S500 to be
applied toward tuition and fees for
the 1984-85 school year. Todd, a
history teacher at ECU for 27 years
before his retirement in 1977, pre
sented the scholarships during cere
monies at the university recently.
Miss Matthews is a graduate
student in the department of history
and was a 1983-84 recipient of a
scholarship endowed by Todd.
A graduate of North Duplin High
School in Calypso, she received a
bachelor's degree in history from
ECU in 1984.
Jennifer M. Wells of Duplin
County was named to the dean's list
at Atlantic Christian College in
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