Dr. George Anderson was a physician in
for over 50 years. Greene
He was born on June 20, 1867 in
. Cadiz, Ohio
On December 24, 1891 Dr. Anderson married Winnifred Barrett of
. They first lived in Columbus, Ohio
where he practiced medicine. Lumberton, Ohio
Andersons moved to Alpha in
in 1893. They purchased the house and practice
of Dr. McClure. The buildings were
located on the corner of Greene County Alpha
Road and the Old Dayton-Xenia Pike which is now
called Whitey Marshall Drive.
Dr. Anderson used different modes of transportation to reach his patients through the years. In the beginning he used a horse and buggy to make his calls day or night. Sometimes roads were so muddy he had to go on foot. In the winter he replaced the buggy with a sleigh. In later years he drove a Model-T coupe and then a 1918 Buick Sedan.
The doctor had no office staff and patients did not make appointments. People wishing to see him in his office went there and waited for his return. Rhodehamel, recalled, “…neighbors on the “party” line would relay the Doctor’s location and progress to those waiting in his office.”
The office had floor to ceiling shelves that were lined with brown jars of powdered drugs and syrups. Dr. Anderson mixed his own medicines. Powders were poured into small folded paper packets which were dispensed to patients. The doctor used a closet as a laboratory and had a small alcohol lamp to sterilize solutions. A huge sterilizer was used to sanitize his equipment.
. For home visits Rhodehamel wrote he “packed his saddle bags with gauze rolls, bandages, coal-tar ointment, surgical instruments and even anesthesia (ether).”
Dr. Anderson did all types of surgery, sometimes in his office, but often on the kitchen table in a patient’s house. He also delivered babies in the patients’ homes.
Most doctor calls, office or home, cost $1 and medicine was about 35cents per dose. However, rich people were charged more. Some patients paid in produce. No bills were sent and everyone paid when they could.
’s had three
children: Harold who died at age nine, Horace, and Winifred. Anderson
Dr. Anderson retired after over 50 years in medicine. He bought several farms in
Beavercreek with his son, Harold and raised champion swine.
Dr. Anderson died October 19, 1945. He is buried in