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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 29, 1912, Image 10

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Dr. Beaugrand is qualified to
speak on the subject. Fifty years
ago he reorganized the military
hospital at Fort jsthan Allen, in
accordance with the, best sani
tary science of his day. He is the
oldest physician in the United
States, and" the oldest man on
Uncle Sam's pension list
The present day physician has
an easy time of it, too, according
lo Dr. Peter. And the "hard
rhips" of the country doctor are
a joke. -
"Doctors nowadays," he says
"think it's hard to get up at mid
night -and drive in the snow or
"rain over what they call 'bad
roads for ten or fifteen miles.
"Many a time have I ridden on
horseback fifty miles at' a stretch,
over rough trails or in deep
woods, and through' the Black
"Swamp where one mile an hour
was a good speed.
, "Twice I came in frozen to the
saddle, and had to be cut loose.
"What with buggies and any
roads at all, the doctor of the last
quarter of a century had an easy
time of it; and the doctor now
adays, with his automobile his
labors ?re amusing."
Dr. Beaugrand was practicing
medicine when the cholera epi
demic broke out in Ohio, in 1835.
Most oi the settlers of Sandusky
county fled. Dr. Beaugrand, and
liis brother-in-law, Dr. La Quinio
Rawson, stayed and took care of"
the sick.
Patients were ma,ny and trails
were long. The sick wanted a
doctor very badly, and the well
Tvanted him to keep at a distance.
So they used to set out plates of
warm food on the gateposts when
they saw Dr. Beaugrand coming.
He ate in his saddle, and passed
The aged doctor has an office in
his house, and still .writes an 'Oc
casional prescription for a friend.
One of the accompanying pic
tures shows him on his 98th
birthday. He celebrated it just
the other day, with a real birth
day party, and a few games of
whist not auction bridge, but
the good, old-fashioned sort. And
he kept the tally, and never miss
ed a point.
The other picture is from
a daguerrotype taken .about the
time of Dr. Beaugrand's one visit
to New York.
"New York's a fine town," he
says. "I was there in 1837."
Dr. Beaugrand attributes his
long life to the natural vigqr of
his French Canadian stock. He
is the only survivor of twelve chil
dren of Jean Baptiste Beaugrand
and Marguerite Chabert de Jon-caire.
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The sun was sinking in all bis
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Europe lias an area of nearly
5,800,000 square milev
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