Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 207 of 1,110
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IIISTOR Y OF DALLAS COUNTY.
tune, he laid his burden down and rested b!
The next to come, in 1846, was Dr. S. B
'lror. Ahxott four years later his brother,
Dr. Charles I. 1Pryor, joined him liere.
The*e gentlemen were scions of an old Virginia
fadrily, and were noted both for their
(.0ial and intellectual culture as well as their
,Mrofesional ability. Dr. S. BI. Pryor died
there and is buried in tile cemetery of Dallas.
Tie? widow is living and spending her dectinig
years in tihe State of Arkansas.
in 1S51 Dlr. I)avid King came from TenteF,
X. and located on the Lancaster road
alIout three 1lilts soutl of Dallas (a sketch of
hl: life tap,-,ars in the biographical part of
IDr. Jarlle~ Wrighlt etmnle in tle '50s, locating
Aa!sut four !uiles west of Dallas. Dr. James
Switsnell also came in tle '50s, and located in
IAutcarer, wlhre he now resides.
)r. J. E. Thliollas caine in 1854. At the
tglinting of tile Civil war le abandoned his
practice l ertl and went out as surgeon in
(dclonl1 Nat. M. lBurford's regiment and
trumpltly entered uls)o Ihis (Ultties in the field.
TI muintWhs of lingering cllmp life in pesti.
Ih-nia tiwatinp: ant(d morasses, tl)e days and
tnghtl of weary march amid tle heat, cold,
chilJing l t tndl drenchllinlg rain, planted in
bii thie salt of consumption, from which he
,at itn 168.
ciO mtany t z cious tlieso old pioneer doctor*
te rCn all1 up at t lte hour of midnight
o ride twenty..ivo or thirty miles to attend
sirk.t. l Thlere were no railroads here
then, and the only travel was in the saddle.
The country was sparsely settled and frequently
through the cold and the rain
and the mud and the dark these old pioneer
doctors would take these long, lonely rides,
not so much for pecuniary gain as to relieve
tie sufferings of their fellow-men, for they
treated all alike, whether they liad money or
not. No prescriptions were written in those
days: the doctor carried his drug store in his
saddle-bags and dealt out the doses, frequently
administering the medicine with his
own hand and remaining with the patient
until he was out of danger. IIe was in truth
a benefactor, and, like the people whom he
served, lie must share the hardships alnd
struggles of life in a new country, away from
conveniences of all kinds, where his lonely
rides often carried him for many miles without
seeing a solitary habitation of a fellowman.
The medicines which he carried were
often exceedingly costly, yet they were dealt
out without stint whenever his professional
services were in demand. His fees were
small, and as money was an article niot possessed
in abundance by many of the settlers,
lie was obliged to take his pay in such prodlcts
as the afflicted person could provide.
Often tlle doctor's ministrations were a labor
of charity, for his fees were not always forthComling;
yet he lived and toiled on in his
york of relieving the sick and distressed and
:tared. with the people their prosperity or
Dr. Johnson, who calno in 1856, is thle
only one of the pioneer physicians now
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/207/: accessed June 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.