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Coalinga in Fresno County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

“Dr. Bill”

Born August 4, 1904 – Passed September 27, 1963

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 22, 2013
1. “Dr. Bill” Marker
Inscription. Dr William H. Gilliatt was born in Sommerville, Massachusetts He graduated from Aurora College, Illinois and Boston University Medical School. Dr. Gilliatt or “Dr. Bill” as he was generally called, came to Coalinga as a young doctor in 1933, the year he finished his internship at Fresno General Hospital. He served the citizens of Coalinga until his death in 1963. In his service to the Coalinga community, he supervised the births of an estimated 2,000 infants, and during a five-month period during World War II, he was the only doctor Coalinga had. It was reported that the only place he could find rest during the war was the local jail, where he could sleep undisturbed. Dr. Gilliatt was Chief of the Medical Staff of the Coalinga District Hospital since its inception in 1938 as the Pleasant Valley Hospital. He helped form the non-profit corporation between Coalinga and Avenal doctors to operate the community hospital prior to formation of the district. Dr. Bill was a charter member and Past President of the Coalinga Lions Club, a member of the Chamber of Commerce and a Deacon in the First Baptist Church. This was Dr. Bill’s office location and the horse pulling a Doctor’s buggy was his logo.
 
Erected by Coalinga Lions Club.
 
Location. 36° 8.489′ N, 120° 21.773′ W. Marker is in Coalinga, California,
“Dr. Bill” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 22, 2013
2. “Dr. Bill” Marker
in Fresno County. Marker is on Coalinga Plaza (North 5th Street) north of East Cedar Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 446 Coalinga Plazq, Coalinga CA 93210, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. B.M. Food Market (within shouting distance of this marker); The Phelps Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Liberty “Airdome Theater” (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bertrich Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Coalinga Woman’s Club (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Paul’s Catholic Church (about 400 feet away); Grammar School (about 500 feet away); First Presbyterian Church of Coalinga (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Coalinga.
 
Categories. Notable PersonsScience & Medicine
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 325 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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