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cline the appointment. He was an able judge, and those who applied to him for help without the aid of a professional adviser found him a sympathizing friend, ready to render all assistance in his power. He was remarkable for his conscientiousness, his patient industry in matters connected with his office, he was courteous and affable in his relations to all, ambitious to discharge faithfully all duties placed upon him, a man of unusual literary ability, and a lover of good books.
Everett Robinson was born in Middleboro, January 22, 1816. His father was Josiah Robinson, a farmer, who lived in the northern part of the town. Mr. Robinson was educated
integrity and professional honor, and commanded the confidence and respect of the entire community. Few lawyers at the Plymouth bar were more dreaded by opposing counsel than Mr. Robinson. His wit and sarcasm at times were most severe, and yet he was a man of the kindest heart, generous, and thoughtful for his friends. He filled many offices in town; was town clerk, selectman, assessor, collector of taxes, member of
the school committee, member of the House of Representatives for four years, a senator three years, and president of the Middleboro Savings Bank. He married Sarah W. Taylor of Dartmouth.
Francis M. Vaughan was a lineal descendant of George Vaughan, one of the first settlers of the town. He was born in Middleboro, March 30, 1836, fitted for college at Peirce Academy, and entered Brown University in 1857, where he remained for two years. On account of ill health, he was obliged to leave the university, and soon after commenced the study of law with Hon. William H. Wood. He was admitted to the Suffolk bar November 8, 1861, and was in practice for a few years in the West, but soon returned to Middleboro. He was elected a representative to the legislature in 1860, and was at that time the youngest member of the House. Upon the dividing of the commonwealth into judicial districts in 1874, he was appointed a justice of the Fourth District Court of Plymouth, the sessions of which were held alternately in Middleboro and Wareham. He held this office until the time of his death in 1891, and was regarded as a most impartial judge, who administered the duties of his office to the general satisfaction of the entire district.
|N no profession has there been greater change in methods and practice than in medicine. In olden times doctors were dentists, surgeons, and physicians. If a tooth needed pulling, a rough, powerful instrument with a handle like a gimlet was used, and a strong man had to hold the patient's head. The story is told of Dr. Sturtevant that, when called on to extract a tooth in haste, he got hold of two, pulling out a good one as well as the aching member. When the youth naturally remonstrated, he remarked, "I only intended to pull one, but never mind, the other one will never have to be pulled again." While they could extract teeth, doctors had not the art of supplying artificial ones ; once out, they were gone for all time, no false ones were to be had.
Prescriptions to be filled at drugstores were unheard of, but drugs and herbs were used extensively and generously. The usual method of practice was for the doctor to examine the patient's tongue, feel his pulse, let his blood, then dose him with calomel, jalap, senna, etc.
In the discoveries of modern times, probably as much advance has been made in medical science and in the treatment of disease as in any other department of human progress, and we to-day can scarcely appreciate the difference in the care of the sick as compared with that which the early settlers of the country received at the hands of those who were then considered able physicians.
Dr. Isaac Fuller, the son of Rev. Samuel Fuller, was the first physician,1 and his practice extended into the neigh
1 He was called "mountebank," a title which in those days was given to a skilled physician, although to-day the meaning of the word is far different.
boring villages. He lived in that part of the town now Halifax.
Rev. Thomas Palmer became proficient in medicine after he had been deposed from the pastorate of the First Church. He reformed his habits of drink, and practised with success until his death.
Dr. Peter Oliver, Jr., was a physician (see chapter on Loyalists), and had an office in a small building at the corner of the lane in front of his home (the Sproat house).
Dr. Samuel Clark. (See chapter on Four Corners.)
At the time Dr. Clark was in practice there lived here two "botanical" or herb doctors, named Lunt and Bryant.
Dr. Joseph Clark. (See chapter on Four Corners.)
Dr. Thomas Sturtevant,1 who lived on the Sturtevant place at the Green, was contemporary with Dr. Joseph Clark He was born in Halifax in 1749, and died in Middleboro, November 14, 1836. He married Sarah Soule of Halifax. At his death, after sixty years of practice in Middleboro, he left eleven children.
Dr. George Sturtevant, the youngest son, succeeded his father, residing at the homestead until his death in 1852. He had a large practice in this and adjoining towns.
1 Dr. Thomas Sturtevant was a son of Dr. Josiah Sturtevant, a physician in practice in the town of Halifax before the Revolutionary War. He early espoused the cause of the king, and on account of his pronounced utterances against the patriot cause, was compelled to leave the town and flee to Boston. He was there appointed a surgeon in the British army, but died soon after, and was buried under the Old South Meeting-House, Boston. The following letter illustrates the feeling that existed at the time on the part of the loyalists : —
August 18, 1775.
My dear husband departed this life at Boston in his fifty-fifth year where he was driven by a mad and deluded mob for no other offence but his loyalty to his sovereign. God forgive them and grant that his death may be sanctified to me and our children for our souls everlasting good. Lo1s Sturtevant.
Dr. Stephen Powers practised as a physician in Eddyville from 1760 to 1774. During his residence in town he was prominent in its affairs, and for a time was the leader of the choir in the First Church. He was so influenced by the general talk of the better opportunities for enterprising young men in what was then known as "up country," that with many other citizens he moved to Woodstock in 1774. While a resident of Middleboro he lived in the Harrison Clark house, and was then and ever after an earnest supporter of liberty in the stirring events which preceded the Revolution. After the battle of Lexington he came to Boston, and at the battle of Bunker Hill he rendered great assistance in caring for the wounded. He married Lydia Drew in 1760, and died in Woodstock, November 27, 1809, aged seventy-four years. He was the grandfather of Hiram Powers, the sculptor.
Dr. Arad Thompson was born December 30, 1786. He
was the son of William Thompson, a large land-owner in Middleboro, and a brother of Cephas Thompson, the celebrated portrait painter. He married Mercy, a daughter of Hon. William Bourne, in December, 1816. He served for some thirteen years as adjutant of the Fourth Regiment of the militia of this district. He was representative to Dr. Arad Thompson the General Court1 in
He died April 23, 1843, at the age of fifty-six years. 1 Dr. Arad Thompson was for many years the moderator of the town meetings.