By Margaret Montgomery Thomas – Special to the Navarro County Gazette

Corn Silks and Cotton Blossoms

Back in the 1940s and 1950s, prior to telephones in rural areas, doctors frequently made house calls in rural areas to those needing their care. If an individual needed immediate care either night or day, someone would drive to Corsicana, summon the doctor for help, and the doctor would answer the need. It never mattered what time of day or night; a doctor always answered the need. The primary need for doctors making house calls in those days were for the pending birth of a child.

Traffic on Hwy 287 to Corsicana from our Eureka area has increased dramatically in recent years, primarily due to growth in the area. With the increased traffic came many who forgot they are not on a toll road, but a State Highway and the legal speed limit is not eighty-five or higher.

Often, now while traveling on 287, I am reminded of earlier times riding with my dad in his truck on 287 traveling at a speed of 50 ~ 55 mph. On occasion an auto would pass us driving at an urgent speed, well over the State Speed Limit. When they would get past us, back in their lane, Daddy would exclaim “They must be going after the doctor!”

 All I can say is there is an overload of those going after the doctor today!

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