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100 Years Ago: Dr. Voils visits Adair County

He was Adair and Russell County's best known herb doctor, could out walk his g-g grandsons, but, sadly, did not live to see his 106th birthday

By "Jim"

Dr. William Voils was beyond a doubt the best-known herb doctor of Adair and Russell counties, where he practiced his craft for many a decade. The following tidbit appeared in the March 1, 1911 News:Dr. William Voils, who was one hundred and three years old the 2nd day of January, and who makes his home with his grandson, Mr. J.W. Voils, Russell Springs, is now visiting in the Fairplay country, Adair County.

He is in perfect health and frequently walks eight and ten miles. In passing from Russell County to Adair County some one of his great-great-grandsons start with him, riding behind on a horse. When the halfway station is reached, the boy returns with the horse and old man walks to his destination.

(The good Doctor was born in January, 1808 and crossed the great divide in December, 1913, about a month before his 106th birthday.)"Jim"

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