WHISTLING DOCTOR OF SEAGOVILLE TX

Dr. Oscar Glenn’s office was located in the busiest part of downtown Seagoville, Texas in the 1920s and thirties. He was known by just about everyone around as the “Whistling Doctor” because he drove a team of horses and buggy at breakneck speed, whistling all the way.

The East Fork of the Trinity River acts as a natural separation between Seagoville and Forney.  It was always a major problem after a big rain when it overflowed and cut off traffic between the two towns. When this happened and Dr. Glenn was needed in Forney, the men of Seagoville would take him in a boat across the river where they would be met by men of Forney, and he would be broPhoto of downtown Seagoville, 1930ught back the same way, with Seagoville friends waiting for him.

Dr. Glenn’s office played another big part in kids’ life back then: when the free picture shows came into Seagoville a big sheet of white canvas would be hung on the side of his building for a screen. They were silent movies of course with no voice or sound.  These were just comedy characters moving very fast, but very funny and exciting for us kids.

This was long before my family owned an automobile, but my Dad hooked his mules to a wagon and we took quilts to spread on the ground.  All the family loaded into the wagon for a night at the movies. Of course, we kids always went to sleep on the way home and I think my Dad could have gone to sleep too, because those mules had made the trip to Seagoville for church, school, ice house, grocery a

nd cotton gin so many times they could have brought us safely home without a driver.

By Hattie Mae Harrell for Proud Heritage, Volume III by Dallas County Pioneer Association.

Photo: downtown about 1930.