DR. W. A. MAUPIN Rowlett’s Frontier Dr.

12 January 2018 09:02 น. Family Histories, Rowlett ,

A horse, a new saddle, and a brand spanking new pill bag. With these as his sole possessions, a new doctor rode into Rowlett around five o’clock in the afternoon on October 3, 1892. With the ink scarcely dry on his diploma, a genuine sheepskin, incidentally, W. A. Maupin became Rowlett’s young “Doc.”

DR. W. A. MAUPIN Rowlett's Frontier Dr.

DR. W. A. MAUPIN Rowlett’s Frontier Dr.

Today, (1953) at seventy-eight, small, bespectacled Doctor Maupin still has patients come to his home for advice and treatment. But up until the time he retired two years ago he remarked, “I didn’t know I had a home.”

For as sure as the nights were stormy, cold, and rainy some woman in the community would pick it for the arrival of a baby, he remembers. “Riding down the country lanes, I saw a lot of things most folks never get a chance to see,” he recalls. Many an owl asked me, ‘Who Are you?’ And the people who thought their dogs stayed at home at night were mighty badly fooled.”

Doctor Maupin graduated from the medical college of the State University of Nashville, Tennessee in 1892. His first Texas stop was in Baily, but it wasn’t a three-month sojourn for he soon “got tired of seeing the town’s other young physician prancing by his office door on a fine horse while he sat in his office and waited for patients who didn’t show up.
His first case, he remembers was what every young doctor dreads, a confinement case that produced twins! “I was frightened, but I delivered them,” he said.

“One night I delivered a baby to a young woman, whose only other attendant was an old woman, pregnant too. About as soon as I had that baby in this world, I had to deliver two more. Twins again.”

But expectant mothers weren’t the only patients he had. Malaria, dysentery and acute indigestion or “colora morbus,” as it was called in those days, were prevalent. Most of the time Doctor Maupin prescribed “hot toddies.”

“We had no treatment for disease,” he smiled. Penicillin and sulfa drugs were unheard of. But there was one drug, acetizone, that was supposed to cure typhoid fever. Tablets were five dollars a dozen and very scarce.

His brother contracted the dreaded disease and Dr. Maupin scoured the countryside in search for some of the medicine. But before it could be obtained, his brother got well. They later discovered that as far as medicinal benefits were concerned, the acetizone was about as good as flour.
But there’s one typhoid case Maupin remembers above all others. “A man named Rendrix was a lazy, no ‘count creature who drank, cussed, and everything else. Well, he got typhoid. I visited him at his shack and found him lying on a pallet in the floor.

Dr. Emory, of Garland, said the man was dying. But I asked him to get me a pint of the finest whiskey he could find. Seven drams of the stuff I injected in his arms and legs. And the man lived and became a preacher.”

Another time whiskey came to the rescue again. Only this patient had the measles. It was a young lady, Maupin said. She vomited up everything she ate, and there were no spots. He gave her a “hot toddy” and the measles came out, probably saving her life.

This old gentleman, who’s slept many nights on front porches using his saddle horns for a pillow, has delivered more than two thousand babies. And the only vacation he’s ever taken was a week’s refresher course at Vanderbilt University in 1900.

“I study my patients closely and I cut out what they should not have and give them what they should.” Dr. William Austin Maupin died the following year while visiting family members in Los Angeles, California.

1953 Article. Probably from the Garland News.