“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Varnell in Whitfield County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Dr. Lacewell’s Office

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By Tom Bosse
1. Dr. Lacewell’s Office Marker
Inscription.  Dr. John Franklin Lacewell (June 7, 1857 – August 19, 1937) was a horse-and-buggy doctor who never owned an automobile. He graduated from Atlanta Medical College (now Emory University) in 1887 and returned to Whitfield County. He answered house calls at any hour of the day or night and in any weather with his leather doctor’s bag and a 32-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver for protection. He would often be gone from home for several days, attending the sick and return home to be greeted by waiting patients. Waiting folks never lacked for a good meal, as both his wife Maggie and daughter Rayma would prepare huge mouth-watering meals for everyone there.

A review of some of Doctor John’s old account ledgers from the 1920s reveals that he was often paid of r his service with hams, eggs, hay, and sometimes cash. No sick patient was ever refused no matter what the financial situation might be. During this period, house calls were in the $.50 to $1.50 range, depending on the time spend and the drugs furnished to the patient. Birthing a baby cost $5.00 and may have required a day or more to be spent with the laboring mother and new baby. Many

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By Tom Bosse, April 3, 2018
2. Dr. Lacewell’s Office Marker
children were named for John, evidence of the respect and love that his patients had for him. Dr. John served Whitfield County for years as the doctor for the county work farm prisoners.

Doctor John practiced medicine from a small 7’ by 9’ white clapboard, unheated doctor’s office in the front yard of the family home place. To keep this bit of history alive for future generations to see, his great-grand-children donated Dr. John’s office to the Prater’s Mill Foundation.
Erected by Prater’s Mill Foundation.
Location. 34° 53.691′ N, 84° 55.208′ W. Marker is near Varnell, Georgia, in Whitfield County. Marker can be reached from Prater Mill Road NE (Georgia Route 2), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Varnell GA 30756, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Prater’s Mill (a few steps from this marker); Prater’s Mill Store (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Prater's Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Prater’s Mill and The Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); Water Turbine (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line);

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Cotton Gin (about 300 feet away); Old Federal Road (approx. 1˝ miles away); Historic Varnell Home (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Varnell.
Also see . . .  Prater's Mill Historic Site. (Submitted on July 19, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 19, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 50 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 19, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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