Bosque County: Land and People (A History of Bosque County, Texas) Page: 22
- Highlighting On/Off
- Adjust Image
- Rotate Left
- Rotate Right
- Brightness, Contast, etc. (Experimental)
- Download Sizes
- Preview all sizes/dimensions or...
- Download Square
- Download Thumbnail
- Download Small
- Download Medium
- Download Large
- High Resolution Files
- View Extracted Text
The following text was automatically extracted from the image on this page using optical character recognition software:
established one in Clifton in September,
They were aided in that endeavor by local
businessmen and other local citizens, who
gave $4,250.00 toward the original hospital
building which was erected at a cost of
That hospital, located where the InterFirst
Bank, Clifton, now is, consisted of ten beds,
a nursery, an operating room, treatment
rooms, and offices.
During the years of 1946, 1952, 1955, and
1963, following the acquisition of adjacent
property to the north and west, the original
hospital complex considerably was expan-
ded. Along with many additional medical
facilities, the bed capacity also was increased
In 1955 a School of Vocational Nursing,
approved by the Texas State Board of Nurses
Examiners, was begun at the hospital and
intermittently was continued until 1966, at
which time it became a continuous hospital
It was in 1959 that the hospital first was
accredited by The Joint Commission on
Accreditation of Hospitals in Texas. That
accreditation has been maintained since that
Having been known as the Goodall and
Witcher Clinic-Hospital since its inception,
the hospital in June, 1966, was sold to the
community. On July 1 of that year the
Goodall-Witcher Hospital Foundation was
chartered under the laws of the State of
Texas as a non-profit institution.
Previously also having become members of
the hospital medical staff were Dr. W.T.
Holder in 1948, Dr. W.F. Key, Jr. in 1956, and
Dr. Donald A. Gloff in 1964.
It was in 1970 that the hospital's Board of
Trustees decided to build a new hospital
upon land donated for that purpose by Carl
E. Olsen, Sr. on the west edge of Clifton.
Construction began in 1971 on a new, two-
story, 64-bed hospital at 101 South Avenue
T. That new hospital, at a cost of
$1,900,000.00, opened its doors in 1972 as the
new home of the Goodall-Witcher Hospital
Foundation. Dedication ceremonies for the
new facility took place on September 10,
A new, fully-equipped clinic, converted
from the old clinic which was moved, enlar-
ged, and redecorated with space for seven
physicians, was completed in March, 1973,
and located adjacent to the hospital. It is
known as the Clifton Medical and Surgical
Built to join together the hospital and
clinic, a $550,000.00 addition was made in
1976. It increased the hospital bed total to 72,
provided a new, seven-bed, ultra-modern
CCU-ICU Unit, a new physical therapy
department, and enlarged classroom facili-
ties for the Licensed Vocational Nurses
School and also added two more physicians'
suites to the clinic.
Members of the Goodall-Witcher Hospital
Foundation Board of Trustees are Hulen C.
Aars, president; G.T. Day, of Koppel, vice-
president; Calvert H. Hoel, secretary-trea-
surer; Edgar R. Keeling; T.B. Wilson, of
Meridian; J. Les Lundberg, of Valley Mills;
and James Boren. Messrs. Aars, Hoel, Keel-
ing, and Boren are from Clifton. Mr. Boren
was named to the board following the death
several years ago of J. Bruce Parks, who was
one of the original board members.
Drs. Goodall and Witcher for many years
were the sole owners of Clifton's hospital and
clinic. However, several years ago Dr. Witch-
er sold his interest in the clinic, and Dr.
Goodall has disposed of most of his clinic
ownership. Until just a few years ago Dr.
Witcher was the chief surgeon and Dr.
Goodall the chief of staff at the hospital.
Staff physicians at the Goodall-Witcher
Hospital Foundation, in addition to Drs.
Goodall and Witcher, include Dr. W.T.
Holder, Dr. W.F. Key, Jr., Dr. Donald A.
Gloff, Dr. Richard G. Spitzer, Dr. Steve B.
Alley, Dr. Don L. McCord, Dr. C.R.
Burroughs, Dr. R.E. Lauck, Dr. J.F. Walker,
Dr. Terry Murphy, Dr. Mark Campbell, Dr.
Bruce Scaff, Dr. R.E. Henderson (Director of
Laboratory), and Dr. E.B. Harris (Director of
Principal owners now of the clinic stock are
Drs. Holder, Key, Spitzer, Alley, and
Dr. Patrick L. Dickerson was a highly-
regarded staff physician from January, 1979,
until his death as the result of an automobile
accident in April, 1983.
In 1976 the Goodall-Witcher Hospital
Foundation also established a satellite clinic
in Valley Mills. It still is being operated and
is headed by Dr. Alley.
On January 1, 1977, the hospital assumed
the operation of the ambulance service in this
area. Since that time that service has been
expanded and improved by adding two more
vehicles and trained emergency medical
technicians and nursing personnel to admin-
ister to ambulance patients.
Presently the hospital employs approxi-
mately 150 persons and the clinic about 50,
with Jim B. Smith as hospital administrator
and Clarence Fields, Jr. as assistant adminis-
Chief of Staff is Dr. Gloff; Director of
Nurses is Mrs. Laura Clark; and Director of
the Licensed Vocational Nursing School is
Mrs. Helen S. Amundson.
Also associated with the hospital is an
auxiliary, the members of which serving as
pink ladies and working to make money for
worthy hospital needs.
Shortly after his graduation from Texas
A&M University, Dr. John B. Parks, now of
Palo Alto, California, built and opened the
Clifton Veterinary Clinic, Clifton's first such
clinic, on North Highway 6.
In 1968 Dr. Parks sold his practice to Dr.
Robert S. Titus, and the following year the
clinic and practice were purchased by Dr.
James T. Browder, who continued to operate
the Clifton Veterinary Clinic until his retire-
ment in 1984.
Just after Thanksgiving in 1984 Dr. Lloyd
Hampe, who has been associated with Dr.
Browder for approximately ten years, moved
into new Clifton Veterinary Clinic quarters
which he has erected on South Highway 6.
Clifton always has been proud of its black
population, which, although not large, has
had a positive effect on the town's progress.
Some of the descendants of the first black
settlers-the Beans, the Barretts, the Sed-
berrys, the Tylers, and the Jacksons-still
reside in Clifton.
Other black residents who greatly have
contributed during the years have been
Reverend P.H. Moore, Mrs. Juno A. Higgins
Bible Haywood, Nathaniel Jackson, Jeff and
Florence Williams, Oscar Mayberry, Ben
Oliver, Joseph Oliver, Charles Bible, James
Interior of Connolly Store-early 1900's. (?), Miss
Louise Holverson, Albert Nelson, S.W. Gill
S - "
John R. Cowen operating delivery wagon for
Reeder & Hill, Clifton merchants, about 1901
Devastation of 1906 fire
Central Texas Fair-1922
Clifton School (1915-1940)
Here’s what’s next.
This book can be searched. Note: Results may vary based on the legibility of text within the document.
Matching Search ResultsView 28 pages within this book that match your search.
Tools / Downloads
Get a copy of this page or view the extracted text.
Citing and Sharing
Basic information for referencing this web page. We also provide extended guidance on usage rights, references, copying or embedding.
Reference the current page of this Book.
Bosque County History Book Committee. Bosque County: Land and People (A History of Bosque County, Texas), book, 1985; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth91038/m1/38/?q=campbell: accessed September 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Denton Public Library.