Topeka in Shawnee County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Samuel J. Crumbine, MD
"I began to realize, as I never had before, how much the health of each of us depends on the health of all of us."
Frontier physician, public health visionary and child health advocate, Samuel J. Crumbine was a man of tremendous curiosity whose understanding of human behavior and science bettered lives across the globe.
At a time when the public did not fully grasp the role of germs in the spread of disease, Crumbine believed educating the public was essential in combating tuberculosis and other illnesses common at the time.
Crumbine championed efforts to ban the common drinking cup and roller towel in public places, end spitting on the sidewalk, and control flies by using screens and a new invention-the flyswatter. He also developed methods to ship seafood from the coasts to be safely enjoyed in Kansas. Ahead of his time, Crumbine brought attention to social conditions that often led to poor health, especially among children.
Crumbine's years of practice in Dodge City (1885-1904) inspired the "Doc Adams" character in the television series Gunsmoke. His time as a member and secretary
Crumbine and his wife of 63 years, Katherine, had a daughter, Violet, who lived near them in New York. Their son, Warren, was lost as a young man to the flu epidemic while in Asia. Following the death of their daughter-in-law shortly thereafter, they raised their grandson, Warren Jr. The Crumbines died four months apart in 1954.
Erected by Kansas Health Foundation, Wichita, Kansas.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Science & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #31 Herbert Hoover series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1923.
Location. 39° 2.977′ N, 95° 40.623′ W. Marker is in Topeka, Kansas, in Shawnee County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of SW 8th Avenue and SW Van Buren. The Crumbine marker is at 8th and Van Buren in front of the Kansas Health Institute (formerly Hayden High School of Assumption Church). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 212 SW 8th Ave, Topeka KS 66603, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other Church of the Assumption (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Replica of the Statue of Liberty (about 400 feet away); Charles Curtis (approx. 0.2 miles away); Governor Landon's Acceptance (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pioneer Women of Kansas (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kansas Veterans' Walk (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Capitol Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kansas History (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Topeka.
More about this marker. I physically visited and verified that the Crumbine marker is at 8th and Van Buren in front of the Kansas Health Institute (formerly Hayden High School of Assumption Church). Assumption Church is at 8th between SW Van Buren and SW Jackson. You can readily verify this on Google maps. The description and waypoints should be:
Crumbine marker: 39.049623, -95.677054
Kansas Health Institute: 39.049728, -95.676755
Assumption Church: 39.04992, -95.676445
Also see . . . Who Was Dr. Samuel J. Crumbine?. (Submitted on June 20, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 20, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 138 times since then and 21 times this year. Last updated on July 26, 2018, by Mike Grau of Topeka, Kansas. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 20, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.