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Roscoe in Nolan County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Dr. James Wells Young, Sr. and Iona Kearse Young

A pioneer country doctor and wife

 
 
Dr. James Wells Young, Sr. and Iona Kearse Young Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, November 22, 2020
1. Dr. James Wells Young, Sr. and Iona Kearse Young Marker
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James Wells Young was born March 5, 1880, in Lovelace, Texas. He graduated from Polytechnic College, taught school at Frog Liver, then, attended Texas State College of Medicine in Galveston. Upon graduation, Dr. Young stepped off the train in Roscoe on August 21, 1907, and the rest is history. Dr. Young soon, met Miss lona Kearse, a school teacher in Roscoe, and married on August 12, 1908. lona was born on March 7, 1886 in Rosebud, Texas, and graduated from Sam Houston Normal Institute in Huntsville, in 1904.

Dr. Young began his practice on horseback, and later horse and buggy, carrying his medical bag to farms and ranches across the area. He performed miracles of surgery on many kitchen tables by the dim light of kerosene lamp. He delivered over 3,200 babies during his practice. During the influenza epidemic of 1917, he rode 100 miles in 24 hours to treat the sick. Dr. Young built the Young Hospital in 1935. He was joined at the hospital by sons T.D. Young, M.D, and J.W. Young, Jr., DDS. and daughter Lady Iona Young, as a bookkeeper.

Dr. Young was a charter member of the Roscoe Lion's Club. They were active members
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By James Hulse, November 22, 2020
2. Dr. James Wells Young, Sr. and Iona Kearse Young Marker
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in the Methodist church, the Masonic Lodge, and state and national medical stations. Iona was the first Worthy Matron of the Roscoe Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star. In 1962, Dr. Young wrote his tales as an early pioneer doctor in Nolan County, "It All Comes Back". Dr. and Mrs. Young were named Outstanding Citizens of Roscoe in 1950. They believed in philanthropy and gave generously to the church and community. Iona passed away in 1952. Dr. Young passed away in 1970 at the age of 90.
 
Erected 2018 by City of Roscoe.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Science & MedicineSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is March 5, 1880.
 
Location. 32° 26.762′ N, 100° 32.309′ W. Marker is in Roscoe, Texas, in Nolan County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway Street (U.S. BUS 84) and Cypress Street, on the right when traveling north on Broadway Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 824 Broadway Street, Roscoe TX 79545, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. George Parks (here, next to this marker); Roscoe, Snyder & Pacific Railway (a few steps from this marker); Roscoe Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); The Bankhead Highway (a few steps from this marker); Roscoe Cemetery
The wide view of the Memorial Park includes several other markers and memorials. image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, November 22, 2020
3. The wide view of the Memorial Park includes several other markers and memorials.
(approx. 1.2 miles away); W.A.S.P. Training Base: Avenger Field (approx. 3.9 miles away); Women Airforce Service Pilots (approx. 4 miles away); Sweetwater Cemetery (approx. 6.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Roscoe.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 27 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 7, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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