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Vega in Oldham County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Doctor Oscar H. Loyd

(1868-1959)

 

—Home County of —

 
Doctor Oscar H. Loyd Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 19, 2015
1. Doctor Oscar H. Loyd Marker
Inscription. Oldham County's first physician. A civic leader, weather researcher and humanitarian. Born in Kansas, he attended medical school in Missouri, and in 1907 moved to Vega with his wife, Lulu Mills Loyd.

Despite opposition from ranchers, he introduced farming to the area; broke sod with county's first steam tractor; exhibited best produce in the county -- first at the Tri-State Fair (which he helped to organize) in Amarillo, and then at state fairs in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri and Texas.

A volunteer weather observer for over 30 years, he telephoned daily reports at his own expense to the Amarillo Weather Bureau. His weather notes are now in Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon.

To make sick calls, Doctor Loyd bought a Maxwell, the first automobile in the county. During the 1918 flu epidemic he not only cared for the sick day and night but also dispensed food and buried the dead.

As a civic leader, he organized the county's first Chamber of Commerce and a baseball team which he transported to its games. He actively sponsored the original Highway 66 Association. His estate was left to religious and charitable groups in the county.
 
Erected 1966 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 2518.)
 
Location.
Doctor Oscar H. Loyd Marker <i>on the left</i> image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 19, 2015
2. Doctor Oscar H. Loyd Marker on the left
Senator W. S. Oldham Marker is in the center and Site of Old Tascosa Marker is on the right.
35° 14.819′ N, 102° 25.686′ W. Marker is in Vega, Texas, in Oldham County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street and Route 66, on the right when traveling north on South Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is on the southeast corner. Marker is in this post office area: Vega TX 79092, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Senator W. S. Oldham (here, next to this marker); Site of Old Tascosa (here, next to this marker); Fort Smith-Santa Fe Trail (approx. 3½ miles away).
 
Categories. AgricultureScience & Medicine
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 21, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 271 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 21, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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