No, I’ve Not Forgotten

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With the Holidays behind us, resolutions maybe forgotten, I’ve still not forgotten the Women Doctors in Colorado prior to 1900. While I’ve posted different post, I’ve been pretty constant in my research. These women have worked their way into my psyche and I don’t anticipate these women leaving anytime soon.

Here’s where I’ll be on June 11, 2016, the East Library in Colorado Springs for the:

Pikes Peak Regional History Symposium

Myths & Mysteries of the Rocky Mountain West

I will be doing a short presentation on how the legend of ‘Doc Susie’ became the myth thanks to ‘Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman’. This is turn became the belief that all women doctors went through the same thing. As with all legends and myths, it isn’t the full story.

Colorado was home to many women doctors. I’ve written about Alida Avery, Julia E. Loomis, Harriett Leonard  and so many others. Some I’ve yet to tell you about. In addition to the above mentioned women, there was also Dr. Edith Root, who was also in Colorado in 1878, practicing in Denver, Colorado. She was also the first women to receive a license, #82, when Colorado began to license all physicians in 1881. Many of these women decided not to marry, but there were also many who did. This was not a one size fits all, despite the myth of the woman doctor.


When Susan ‘Doc Susie’ Anderson began in Cripple Creek, it was 1897, long after the aforementioned women had been pursuing their chosen career. There were many who, like Dr. Anderson after she moved to Frasier, Colorado, who chose to practice in the smaller communities. There were others who practiced in larger communities. Others created treatment facilities, alone or together. So as I prepare for this program, which can be streamed live during the day, I will continue my pursuit of the lives of these remarkable women and tell the stories I find.

Despite the quote from the movie, ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’ “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend”, this is one time I hope to tell the true story, and let the myth and legend rest.

Of course I’ll also continue writing as Angela Raines and telling the stories she has running around in her head. So as 2016 gets started, have a wonderful year of following your passions.

Angela Raines is the pen name for Doris McCraw. Doris post a haiku five days a week at – and has now passed one thousand haiku and photos on the blog. Sign up on her Amazon author page: for updates on new releases.


25 thoughts on “No, I’ve Not Forgotten

  1. Sounds like you are starting the new year with renewed vigor in your writing, Doris. Me too, woke up early this morning to review/edit a novel I’ve let sit a long while again. And I am amazed at how many women doctors from that era you’ve discovered. Looking forward to more of your research results. Wish I could hear your presentation. Good luck with all of your pursuits and thanks for sharing with us.


    1. Neva, when my proposal was accepted last fall, I knew these women were after me to continue sharing their stories. For myself, I just love the ‘chase’ for information. These ladies seem insistent that I share.
      I wish you well on the novel. I do find the colder months tend to be more focused on creative outlets for me, so I seem to pull things out also and see if they are worth finishing.
      I thank you for your support. I believe the symposium is streamed world wide. I’ll keep folks informed. Doris


  2. It is funny how sometimes a subject or character will take hold of us, and not let go. In your case those women are helping you to enlighten and entertain others. Thanks for sharing I look forward to my next history lesson.


    1. S J, if I get one person interested in history and the story of these women, I’ve had a good day. They are fascinating. So happy you and others enjoy their stories. It does warm my heart. Doris


  3. I look forward to hearing more about your presentation and about these women. It sounds like a good start to the year for you!


    1. Nancy, I think it is. I’m also going to be talking in Victor, Colorado in March of this year for National Women’s History Month on the women in the Pikes Peak region, to include the numerous women who practiced in the Cripple Creek/Victor area during the gold rush.

      This in addition to some fictional stories I have on my plate..grin. Doris


  4. Like Neva, I’d love to see your program in person — who knows? I may just “pop down there!” But, yes, please keep us posted on the streaming possibility — I’d love to “see you” on my computer screen! I’m especially fascinated with Doc Susie as I LOVED Dr. Quinn! (and my mom had a book about Doc Susie that she read multiple times). I, too, enjoy your posts about the women doctors, so keep up the good work and “knock ’em dead,” Doris! 🙂


    1. Thank you Gayle. I’ll let folks know about streaming as soon as I can. So glad others are interested in these women. I don’t want their stories to be lost. Doris


    1. Cindy, I think the research is a lot more fun than the writing. Of course,since I’ve always been an actor the speaking part is second nature. I’ll keep everyone posted. Thank you for the support. Doris


    1. Thank you Sarah. I feel very fortunate that they accepted my proposal. I’ll also be doing a paper, that should end up in the book they publish on the symposium. This will be the third time for me. I’ll make sure to let folks know about the streaming possibilities. Doris


  5. Doris, I too want to wish you lots of luck in your presentations. They sound like fun, and I’ll be looking forward to the streaming. Love all those women, and you too. Cher’ley


    1. Cher’ley, thank you. They are so special, and I want them to be remembered. I’ll keep folks posted on the streaming information as it becomes available. Doris


    1. Thank you. History has always been a passion of mine. I remember just sitting and listening to the stories of the elder people in our town. I couldn’t get enough. I would always spend hours in libraries and museums. Now I have the chance to share with others, I don’t want to waste it. Doris


  6. It’s exciting when you find something that draws you in and fascinates you, isn’t it? And everytime you discover something new, it just adds to the fascination.


  7. Hey, Doris. I’ll be posting my WW&W contribution on the 17th and it’s on the re-emphasis of research needed for me to write my planned Civil War novel. I did mention your women doctors research as well as the historical research Nancy does on her novels set in ancient Scotland.


    1. Thank you for including me, Mike. As you know, research is such a passion. As a matter of fact, I’ve just left the special collections section of the library, my Sunday ‘work’. Oh the things those archives gift me. Here’s to a lot of great things being found for you. Doris


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