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Chuck Hinman. IJMA No. 135: Small town doctors

It's Just Me Again No. 135 : Dr. E. A. Warner : Small town doctors -1922 - 1942
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By Chuck Hinman

I was born at home near Putnam, a few miles northwest of Blue Springs, Nebraska, population 700. The proud parents were Merle Mouser Hinman and Arley Hinman. I was a ten-month ten-pound baby and according to Mom I was born in the night in a raging Nebraska blizzard. My birth certificate shows I was born January 19, 1922 and Dr. E. A. Warner of Blue Springs was the attending physician. I was promptly given my name Charles Ray Hinman after my maternal Grandfather, Charles D. Mouser and my Dad, Arley Ray Hinman. Grandpa Mouser was a long-time painter in the Wymore-Blue Springs area and served many years as mayor of Blue Springs.


This memory is not about me but a little of what I remember about Blue Springs' doctor, Dr. E. A. Warner.

His office was in his home on main street across the street from the Blue Springs State Bank. Although I was never in the Warner's living area, it was visible from the street and had a park like appearance. I don't know how many children the Warner's had but I believe they had a daughter who was crippled by polio which wouldn't have been uncommon in those days.

You stepped into the waiting room part of his office right off main street. This room had windows on each side of the entrance door. In front of one of the windows there was a huge fern plant which was popular in the "20's." Grandma Search Hinman had one in the bay-window of her home in Wymore, Nebraska, across the street from the Myron Connet's home. There was a lawyer's book-case filled with Dr. Warner's medical school books, I presume.

The thing I remember most about the waiting room was a sterioptican viewer. Bob and I fought quietly (of course) over the use of it. It was a viewer contraption by which you could view slides of your vacation or slides of famous places around the world. We didn't have one but Grandma Search Hinman had one.

The examining office was very stern-looking to a little kid. Our parents were not ones to take us to the doctor ever time we sneezed. I was in Dr. Warner's office when Bob had his tonsils removed. I was so jealous when Dr. Warner presented his tonsils to Bob in a bottle of formaldehyde for being a good patient during the procedure. I didn't get anything and I was there and didn't cry! Bob held those tonsils over me the rest of his life it seemed. I still have my tonsils at 86 and I presume Dr. Warner is causing trouble in heaven with angels and their siblings! I was a patient in Dr. Warner's office two times. One time he partially burnt off a large ugly mole like growth from under my right arm. I still remember the smell of burnt flesh (mine). The other time, Dr. Warner burnt a mole off my chin which was difficult to shave around.

Dr. Warner also attended my sister Joy Ann Hinman English when she fell out a second-floor bedroom window of the Canning Lewis's home. Channing operated the Kinney, Nebraska elevator. Another time Dr. Warner attended Joy Ann was when Dad Hinman backed out of the garage and ran over the side of her head and did some damage to her ear. They were unable to find any damage to the tire fortunately.

Small town doctors are a thing of an era now past. Although the Hinmans were not his clients, Liberty, Nebraska with a population of 348 had their Dr. Bachle.God bless the USA and its small towns and their doctors!

Written by Chuck Hinman, January 30, 2008


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