Gilmer in Upshur County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
In 1933, the Ragland family opened the first full-time hospital in Upshur County. Thomas Scott Ragland, M.D. (1872 – 1936) came to Texas in 1895; he settled in Gilmer in 1902 with his wife, Mamie Helen (Denson). In addition to serving as the community physician, Ragland was a local surgeon for railroads, a businessman, and president of First National Bank. He worked together with his two sons, Madison Scott (1905 – 1986) and Hugh Mayo Ragland (1907 – 1966), who joined his practice after they finished their medical training. In 1933, the doctors purchased property on Cass Street and built a hospital and clinic to serve Gilmer and the surrounding areas.
The Ragland Clinic-Hospital expanded several times. The first expansion (1935) included nine additional hospital rooms and beds. In the second (1946), the Raglands added a new north wing with upstairs rooms, a dietary kitchen and a pharmacy. A 1953 expansion added more bedrooms and
Erected 2010 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16516.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Science & Medicine • War, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1933.
Location. 32° 43.851′ N, 94° 56.719′ W. Marker is in Gilmer, Texas, in Upshur County. Marker is on West Cass Street near Davis Street, on the right when Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 108 West Cass Street, Gilmer TX 75644, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. C.S.A Hat Factory (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Upshur County Bell (about 500 feet away); First Baptist Church of Gilmer (about 500 feet away); The Looney School (about 500 feet away); 1925 Gilmer Post Office (about 700 feet away); Upshur County, C. S. A. / Emma Sampson Johnson (about 700 feet away); Cherokee Trace (about 800 feet away); Sam Houston Spoke Here (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gilmer.
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