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September 16, 2013

Carey Construction Co. Paves 10th Avenue South

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What amazed me in those days was that doctors lived on the same streets and in much the same kind of houses as the rest of us did. The millionaires did, too, except that their houses were mansions. Everyone was kind of the same, even if some had slightly larger homes, or more money or education. Dr. Dwyer lived in a nice common house on 5th Avenue So. and Dr. Mellen and his large family lived on Sixth Street, just a few doors from us. His daughter, Jenan, remembered going on house calls with him. “He would go on two a night, several times during the week,” she recalls. He once told me to “take hot and cold showers", alternating the temperature dramatically, to build up my toughness,... "which would ward off colds.” To this day, I still sometimes think of him when I’m in the shower! There’s no telling how many impressions these old-time professionals made on us. People will still occasionally talk to me about my dad making false teeth for them and what he said and did while he talked to them. One thing is certain, they didn’t make much money.

 

An older man once asked me during a slide-show  if I knew why Dr. Hullinger lived so long. I bit on it, and asked “why?” in return. The man said, “because he used to jog in between all of his house calls.” I’m proud to say that for once I responded quickly, “What the heck is a ‘house call’?”!!!

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