The life and times of the late Doc Batson: family donates collection
The Dr. Wilbur Batson story will be told this year at the Greenville Cy Hall Memorial Museum, where an album with a list of more than 1,000 local babies he delivered will be on display, as well as photos of many of the nurses who worked with him.
The museum will open Saturday, May 28, 1 – 4 p.m. For the rest of the summer season, the hours will be Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1 – 4 p.m. More days and hours will be added if additional docents become available.
For more information, call the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce at 284-6633.
The first baby on the Doc Batson list is James Wesley Russel, Greenville resident Pat Norberg’s brother.
Other surnames of the first local babies he delivered were Stampfli, Davis, Gray, Dolphin, Sorsoli and Johnson.
The album was compiled 40 years ago by two of his nurses, Greenville Soroptimist Helga Young and Taylorsville Parents Club representative Barbara Buckner.
Almost 500 people attended the party for him Aug. 8, 1971, and the newspaper account of it was saved via a special press plate, also donated for the museum display.
Several of the people attending added notes to the album, including information on marriages, children and new hometowns.
Other items that will be on display include original equipment from the hospital, such as antiseptic bottles, surgical and examination implements and a centrifuge.
Of special significance is the microscope, a huge investment at a time when doctors still did their own lab work.