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Dr. George S. Bolt, son of C. L. and Martha (Paine) Bolt, born in Ramsey, in 1861. A farm boy and by hard labor and frugality entered high school in Vandalia when he was sixteen. He taught school and paved his way to higher achievements. At age twenty he entered the Missouri Medical College in St. Louis, and graduated in 1883 and set up practice in Herrick. He took post-graduate courses in Chicago. He married Louella Whittington. They had two children, Bonner (died in infancy) and a son, Welling. Dr. Bolt was a member of the AF and AM, K. of P., Modern Woodmen, and Court of Honor Lodges. He served as Mayor of Herrick for several terms and was a landowner.

Dr. Odes Whittington (Pictured) Dr. Odes O. Whittington, born in 1869 in Cold Spring Township, son of Joseph Carl and Joanna (Buchanan) Whittington. He was reared of hard labor, born on a farm. At age 21, he entered Missouri Medical College in St. Louis, and graduated in 1897, class of 97 students. At the time of graduation he was marked 100 in Chemistry exam, thus winning the prize offered by his professor. He began his practice in Herrick and formed a partnership with his brother-in-law, Dr. Bolt. He also had a hardware store, which helped him to earn money for his college. He was a member of the Masonic and K of P lodges. He traveled to Coffeen as a mine physician.

Dr. Raleigh Whittington, born in 1870, brother of Dr. Odes, also graduated from medical school but died soon after his graduation and practiced a short time.

Dr. McNutt, a native of Johnson County, Indiana, began practicing medicine in Cold Spring Township in 1865. He practiced with Dr. Thomas J. Fritts for two years. He married Catherine Buchanan. He practiced in Fayette and Shelby counties.

Dr. James Ashby Hitt married Olive Owings and had three children, Agnes, Helen, and Mabel. He later married Olive Nance and had five children: Alice (Hitt), Christopher, James, Howard, and John Nance who died as a small child. Dr. Hitt moved his practice to Lakewood for a short time and later relocated in Tower Hill.

Dr. George Albert Sollis, 1881-1949, married Grace Blankenship. He worked his way through school, having worked in the coal mine in Centralia and while attending Barnes Medical School, in St. Louis in 1908, drove a streetcar to earn his way. He practiced medicine in Assumption and also in a small town near Charleston and later relocated in Herrick and practiced with Dr. Bolt and later had his own practice. He had two children, G. Marion Sollis and Rosemary (Sollis) Dalluge. One grandson, Jim Dalluge.

Dr. Glen Walker married Jennings Bolt. He later married Fleta Clark and they had four children. He moved to Farina in 1934.

Dr. Will G. Turney practiced in Herrick a few days each week.

Veterinarians: Uncle Ben Matheny practiced until he died in 1904, Dr. George Moon, Dr. Oscar G. Beck, and Dr. Frank Fogle.

Dr. Aaron C. Fogle, the only dentist to locate in Herrick, practiced for many years. He married Verna Nance and had one daughter, Virginia. A nephew, Edwin George, also made his home with them. He had four brothers, Abe, Frank, Lewis, and Sam and they all had college degrees.

Other doctors in Herrick were Goldsmith, Moffet, Pierce, and Dickman, with no information available.

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