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ISRAEL (I.W.) WELLINGTON FOLSOM | 1846- 1913 |
OKLAHOMA CITY OK
The Folsom family had an unusual history. Israel Folsom, I.W.'s father was
a member of a well known Choctaw family though his heritage was originally
of English descent.
I.W.'s grandfather, Nathaniel, had been a resident of Georgia. He became a trader
in the Choctaw Nation moved to Mississippi and later to Indian Territory during the
Trail of Tears that brought the Choctaw to what would become Oklahoma.
Nathaniel followed the Choctaw tradition of plural marriage and married sisters,
who were nieces of Chief Miko Puskush. The sisters were Ai-Ne-Chi-Hoya and
I-Ah-Ne-Cha. In total Nathaniel sired twenty four children. One of the sisters,
Ai-Ne-Chi-Hoya was I.W.'s grandmother.
As a son of Nathaniel, Israel married Lovica "Louisa" Dovie Nail
and became a Presbyterian minister. He and Louisa had fifteen children, ten
of whom lived to adulthood. I.W. Folsom, the eleventh of the fifteen established
a medical practice and drugstore in Atoka. He moved to Oklahoma City shortly
after the Land Run in May of 1889. It was said that his move to OKC was
prompted by a gunfight he had in his Atoka drugstore where he shot and killed
a man named John Harkins. He was acquitted of a crime in the incident and
continued to practice medicine in OKC and run his drugstore.
Four years later he and his wife Lula Belle moved to Ardmore where he continued
to practice medicine. They had only four children.
An ad for I.W.'s Medical
Practice in OKC reads:
|I.W. Folsom, M.D.
Venerial Diseases. Operative Surgery
and diseases peculiar to this climate a
o n M a i n S t. B ET H a r v e y & H u d s o n
EUNICE MARION CHASE | 1846 - 1923
GEORGE DANIEL MUNGER | 1841- 1909
OKLAHOMA CITY OK
Eunice and George were married in 1866 and were among the first to make
the Land Run in April of 1889. George was one of the first to arrive in the new
town of Oklahoma and was the first physician to open an office in the fledgling
town, practicing medicine out of a tent on Broadway. Eunice arrived in August
of that year having stayed behind to finish up their interests in Kansas
The Mungers were present when on the morning of February 27, 1891 the
first meeting of the Oklahoma Board of Pharmacy met in Guthrie.
On that day, George Munger appeared before the Board and received License
Number 31. On March 2, that same year Eunice Munger was in
line at 9:00am to present her application. She was issued Number 43 and was the
first woman to be registered by the Oklahoma Territory Board of Pharmacy.
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There were remedies for most
every ailment in the early 20th
Century and feet were quite
likely to suffer in the daily routine.
A Corn Leaf is a thin pad of
medication used to relieve the
pain of a corn or bunyon. It is the
medication that is unexpected.
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FRANK S. PECK | 1840 - 1938 | EDMOND & STILLWATER OK
Frank was originally from Ohio but came to Oklahoma in October of 1889,
establishing Edmond's City Drug Store. Shortly after the beginning of the 20th
Century, he moved to Stillwater to take up practicing medicine. He was a member
of the Oklahoma Eclectic Medical Association presenting a paper to the
membership in 1905 entitled "Mentat Therapeutics" highlighting his interest in
chronic diseases. A newspaper ad for his medical practice noted that he gave
"special attention to incipient consumption, bronchitis, rheumatism,
neuralgia, diseases of the skin, heart, stomach, kidneys, uterus, bowels,
catarrh, cancer and tumors."
Many early pharmacists also
practiced medicine as medical
doctors with or without having
actual medical training.
One of the primary
missions of many Oklahoma
pharmacists was to establish
and appropriate associations to
regulate the business of pharmacy.
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