“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Odessa in Ector County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Emmet V. Headlee, M.D

Emmet V. Headlee, M.D Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 12, 2015
1. Emmet V. Headlee, M.D Marker
Inscription. Emmet V. Headlee was a fourth-generation physician; his great-grandfather, Elisha Headlee, was a Civil War surgeon. His grandfather and father practiced medicine in Teague (Freestone Co.), and Emmet was born there in 1900. At age thirteen, he saved a friend from drowning, an act which earned a stipend from the Carnegie Hero Fund which helped pay for his college courses. He earned a Bachelorís degree from the University of Texas in 1922 and his Doctor of Medicine degree from Baylor University College of Medicine in 1926. While interning at St. Paulís Sanitarium in Dallas, Dr. Headlee met and married Marie Sprusil (b. 1900), a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and a registered nurse and certified nurse-anesthetist.

The young couple arrived in Odessa in Nov. 1926, and Dr. Headlee became the only doctor in a town which then numbered about 450 people. His first office was in the back of a drugstore, and the front rooms of the Headleesí first home were examination and operating rooms. Dr. Headlee became Ector County health officer and also served patients from throughout the region. He opened a seven-bed hospital in 1934, which expanded before 1949, when Medical Center Hospital opened with Dr. Headlee on staff. Near this site, the Headlees bought land for the animals which Dr. Headlee accepted as payment in lieu of cash during the Great
Emmet V. Headlee, M.D Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 12, 2015
2. Emmet V. Headlee, M.D Marker
Depression. In 1949, the couple built a house here. In 1957, in recognition of her long years of dedicated service in church and charitable work, Marie Headlee was named “First Lady of Odessa.” The civic-minded Dr. Headlee was active in community, school and medical organizations until his death in 1965. Emmet and Marie Headlee provided great leadership to Odessa, which has become a major medical center in West Texas.

175 Years of Texas Independence * 1836-2011
Marker is property of the State of Texas

Erected 2011 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16767.)
Location. 31° 53.865′ N, 102° 19.028′ W. Marker is in Odessa, Texas, in Ector County. Marker can be reached from Texas Route 338 0.1 miles north of Texas Route 191, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at the TX-338 entrance to Chimney Rock Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6201 TX-191 Frontage, Odessa TX 79762, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Buffalo Wallow (approx. 1.2 miles away); Ector County (approx. 1.6 miles away); Comanche War Trail (approx. 1.6 miles away); Ector County's First Dry Hole (approx. 3 miles away); The Parker Family (approx. 3.5 miles away); E.G. Rodman, Sr. (approx. 4.2 miles away); W.D. Noel (approx. 4.2 miles away); M.O. Boring, Jr. (approx. 4.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Odessa.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 109 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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