Post copyright by Doris McCraw
For those who wonder, the program went well in Victor on March 19. Great audience and I was gifted with the pleasure of meeting the grand daughter of Dr. Kate Yont, who may have practiced in Victor, Colorado prior to 1900. She had someone drive her from a little over 175 miles away. The experience drives home how important it is to not give up on your passion.
I admit there are times when I wonder if telling the story of these women is worth the time and effort to find them. For those who haven’t been down that road, sometimes you hit pay dirt and other times you just bang your head against brick walls. While the internet has been a blessing, there are still many resources that have not survived or are in small museums that do not have the resources to save or make them available for researchers. They have become so delicate that to even touch them would cause disintegration.
The current doctor I’m researching is Dr. Josephine Paddock. I know she was born in Illinois, graduated from Cutler Medical School in Nebraska and practiced in Victor, Colorado from 1896 to at least 1906. I know she went to California and lived there for many years, some with her son, then went to live with a daughter in Nebraska. She is buried with her husband, who died in 1895. His death and her schooling don’t match. More digging is in the future, but without access to personal papers or even news stories it can be difficult to ferret out the full story. These stories, at some point, become educated guesses based on the information available at the time.
I realize it is not feasible to save everything, but the researcher in me cringes when I think of all the information that may be lost due to lack of funds for small museums, careless handling of old resources and a loss of the love for the stories of our shared histories. So when I wonder if the effort I’ve put into finding these women is worth it, I just remember, there are those who will know at least some of the story should they want to look. That is what keeps me going, along with the gift of meeting the relatives of these special women.
Angela Raines is the pen name for Doris McCraw. Originally from the mid-west, Doris now calls the Rocky Mountains her home. Doris is a writer, historian, actor,and teacher. An avid reader Doris loves to spend time in history archives looking for the small, unknown pieces of history. Many times these pieces end up in her stories or poems. Like her author page to stay on top of her work. http://amzn.to/1I0YoeL also make sure to check out her haiku and photographs at http://fivesevenfivepage.blogspot.com.
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