THE STORY OF IMBODEN ARKANSAS
 
Part One
 
By Reta Covey
 
Published in The Times Dispatch in 1975
 
From the Lawrence County Historical Society
 
Winter 1982 - Volume 5 - Number 1
 
CONTRIBUTORS OF INFORMATION FOR THIS ARTICLE
 
    Virginia Hatcher (Mrs.  R.  S.) Rainwater, R.S.  Rainwater, Lucille Polk  (Mrs.  J.O.)  Hall,  Nettie  Weir  Stewart,  Hope McKamey Sloan, Roberta Starr Stephens, Joyce Duvall Kell and Mrs. J.J. Matthews.
 
IMBODEN

    The 1924-1925 annual catalogue of Sloan-Hendrix Academy gave the following sketch of the mother town. "Imboden is in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. The beautiful Spring River, flowing  near the  Academy campus  and  forming  the  north boundary of town, is swift, clear and cool.  The fertile valleys and Lawrence County Historical Quarterly high hills make it a place beautiful to look upon." The spring-fed river, today, seems to encompass one of the finest samplings of past era architecture in Lawrence County. Many of the grande style homes tower
today as monuments to the style and character of a town of considerable wealth and prosperity.
    In the 1700's a family of Imbodens emigrated to America from Switzerland and settled in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The family consisted of four brothers. They were in every sense of the word, true pioneers, adventurous, brave and stately. They spoke four languages fluently: English, French, German and Italian.  They were known to be a family of close personal ties, strong characteristics, integrity and extreme loyalty.
   The Imboden family possessed a wonderlust that propelled them ever onward to seek new horizons, new territory and a stubborn will to develope the new territory to which they moved.  For half a century the family was content with settlement in the valleys of Virginia.
    After some time in Virginia, the Imbodens seemed to branch out.  Some settled  in  Illinois,  some  in  Louisiana.  Benjamin migrated to Caledonia, Missouri and settled on Cedar Creek in the mid-1820's. In 1828 he moved with his family to the present site of the town of Imboden when the land was a mere canebrake.
    The abstract to the farm that Benjamin Imboden settled shows that a Frances S. Pearce had the right to the first title. In 1830 Pearce transferred that right to John Hynds and the title was issued in Hynds' name. In 1832 Hynds sold the land containing about 320 acres to Benjamin Imboden for $1600.00.
    Benjamin Imboden had six children: Andrew, Benjamin, John H., Kate, Margaret and Jane. At his father's death, Andrew became the administrator of the estate. After Andrew died in 1855, the Commissioner sold the said land to Benjamin and John H. for $4000.00 in 1859. Their six heirs deeded the land to W. C. Sloan of Smithville in 1882 just prior to the railroad
survey.
    In 1883 the railroad track was laid off and the engineers of the Kansas City, Fort Scott and Memphis Railroad plotted the town.  In 1884 a building was erected and the first place of business in the town was opened. In just five years the town was a thriving and prosperous place.

    Because of the outstanding  services which  the  Benjamin Imboden family had rendered to the area in the long period of their tenure (1828- 1882), transforming it from a dense canebrake and bramble bushes to an ideal setting for luxurious living, and because of their sterling character and forthright stand for all that was right and good, and since it had been known as the Imboden place, W.C. Sloan said that the town should be named Imboden because no other name would be fitting or proper.

    The family history revealed that all the Imboden boys attended the Virginia Military Institute of the University of Virginia and became business and professional men of considerable merit and fame. The men served with distinction in the Revolutionary, Mexican and Civil Wars as
officers from brigadier general to the lesser rank of captain.
      The ladies of the Imboden family were in their own right, equal in every way to their noble brothers and sires. It is said that their intellect, business ability, generosity and grace of character is a proud chapter written not in words but in lives of gracious living, noble deeds
and  kindly  acts.  Jane  Imboden was  a woman possessed of strong points of character and her lofty bearing always  inspired  love  and admiration.  She  was  gentle  and generous  -  hearty  in  her  approval of  good,  yet firm  in condemnation of wrong. Keen in intellect, wise in
discernment, her acts were all in keeping with good judgment. Two surviving descendants of this strong woman reside in Lawrence County today: Irene Hatcher Miller and Virginia Hatcher Rainwater.
    With  settlers  of  character  of  the  Imboden  family,  it  is understandable why the town had such a strong origin.  Sloan Mercantile Company,  headed  by  W.C.  Sloan,  O.C.  James and Wm. Childress, was the first business establishment.  The frame building south of the depot and
near the railroad track housed the original store, constructed in late 1883.  In 1884 the Childress share was sold to M.F.  Sloan,  who operated the business with his father and Mr. Janes.
    In 1886 W.C. Henderson moved from Smithville to Imboden, where he worked for his uncle, W.C. Sloan. For ten years he was employed as bookkeeper and salesman for the Sloan Company. It was in 1896 that he bought the J.H.  Porter business and operated it until 1905 when he merged with the Sloan-Wilson Company. In 1910  Mr.  Henderson was forced to retire due to impaired eyesight.
    On April 7,1887, a petition for incorporation was filed with Clay Sloan, the County Clerk of Lawrence County. The following signers of the document afford a good sampling of the founding of names of Imboden: M.F. Sloan, W.C. Henderson, F. Drake, Alexander Henderson, W.J. Hatcher, C.F. Cirus, S.D. Jones, Joe Hufstedder, A.G. Henderson, J.D. Craig, E. Sneshulk, G.W.  Carles, J.M. Johnson, Ben M. Clayton, Thomas W. Kell, Will Childress, J.D.  Kellenger, Thomas Stratton, Robert Blair, A.  Bratcher, J.R. Sirus, J.C.  Ketchum, George W. Hooper, Albert Pettyjohn, Eli Huffsteddler and J.E.  Dupwee. During the January 1889 term of Lawrence
County court, the petitioners request was granted. The town of Imboden began its legal existence on April.
    The boundaries of Imboden were set to be the Southeast Quarter of  Section 15 and the West half of the Southwest Quarter of Section 14 Township 18 Range 2 West. The legal description of the town included some land area on the north side of Spring River located in later formed
Randolph County.
    In the mid 1880's Jim Datson and T.P. Chesser entered the mercantile business. The Imboden Poat Office was housed in the frame building located on  Front  Street  east of  Main.  This business was dissolved when it was destroyed by fire in 1887. Mr.  Dotson then moved to Springdale and Mr. Chesser ventured the timber business until his death in 1897.
    When G. W. Hooper built a brick building in 1886, mercantiles in Imboden had grown from a single. venture. By 1887 five brick stores had been constructed on one block front extending from the Ketchum  drugstore. Hooper  Tibbles,  W.J.  Hatcher,  Oaks Thacker and W.C. Henderson were owners.
    When the incorporation petition was filed, it noted that there were three general stores, two grocery stores, two saloons, one hotel, a livery stable, a school house and a Catholic Church.  One of the two Imboden saloons  was  actually  located  in Randolph County on the north side of
Spring River. A local physician, Dr. Darr, was killed in the other saloon located on Main Street in the building later known as housing the Mitchell Drug Store. His death prompted the townspeople to petition out saloons in 1895 for a very short time. In 1899, by formal vote, saloons were voted out completely.
    Situated where McLeod's store now stands, Imboden's first hotel was the Strawn, built in 1883 or 1884. Wm. Childers, father of County Judge J.C.  (Crock) Childers, was the first proprietor.  The trade soon out grew the building and intrigued W.C. Sloan to furnish money to a man by name of Gibson from Alabama to build the Delmonico Hotel in 1885. At Mr. Gibson's
return to his home state, a Mr. Kelley became the manager. At his death in 1886, Mr. Childers succeeded to operation, remaining so till the latter part of 1890. Some of the proprietors during the 1890's were the England, Allan, Burns and Hall families. In 1896 Mr. Sloan sold the hotel to J.L. Polk of Sulphur Rock, who developed a successful business. Within the walls, the Delmonico Hotel silently held some of the town's history, including the details of the fight between two men in which one was brutally stabbed.
    One of the early business establishments in Imboden was the drugstore built by J.S. Ketchum who moved from Forrest City in 1884. He remained in business until 1906 when he sold to J.W.  Mitchell. Sloan Rainwater bought the stock in 1920. Another drugstore, stocked by a John Tanner, located in 1895. In 1899 he sold to John Maynard. E.W. Hogan and Ruff B.owers each
owned the stock prior to 1903 when G.W. Wells of Powhatan purchased the business, retaining ownership until 1919 when R.S. Rainwater bought the establishment.
    In 1899 W.J. Wilson moved from Ravenden to Imboden and became affiliated with the Sloan Company, the first general store in town. The name was changed to Sloan and Wilson. The business was relocated in 1904 to the corner of Front and Walnut Streets, where a large brick building was erected. At this time, a merger with the W.C. Henderson Company was made. In 1910 Mr. Wilson became sole owner of the business, changing the name to Wilson Mercantile Company.
    After the death of W. J. Wilson in 1914, his sons, A. T., T. J.  and Toll continued to build the business until it became one of the largest in this part of the country. However, during World War I years, they did a large credit business. When the crisis came, some of the creditors could
not and some would not pay. These reverses, together with a fire in 1930, forced the Wilsons out of business, terminating the first established company in Imboden.
 

BLACKSMITH AND GRISTMILL
 
    Necessary in the formative years of all Lawrence County towns was a blacksmith. In 1895 W.W. Herring moved his trade from Ravenden to Imboden. When passing years noted decline in the need for his skills, he operated a gristmill in competition with Wash Goff.
 
LIVERY STABLE
 
    Possibly others worked in the livery stables through the years, but an aged, undated newspaper article named tenders at the Imboden Livery Stable as: J.M. Clark, Will Neal and J.M. Hill.  Modern times and the automobile diminished the need for the carriage - horse tending.
 
BAKERY
 
    In 1904 H.J. Nemnich moved from Walnut Ridge to Imboden and opened a bakery shop. In 1912 he expanded his business to include groceries. In 1920 he moved to Mammoth Spring after fire destroyed the furnishings and fixtures. The Bake Shop "walls" were purchased by a Mr. Eaton who remodeled and opened the Community Playhouse picture show which was owned
by the Sloan Hendrix Helpers Club.
 
ICE, ETC.
 
    A poultry and country produce business was established by A.W. Lindsey who moved to Imboden in 1906 to work for H.F.  Sloan. His business venture included coal, feed stuff and a new commodity, ice.
 
SHOE REPAIR
 
    A shoe repairman, known as Uncle Fred Barkman, learned his trade in Germany. He located in Imboden in 1906. It was most amusing to note that an old newspaper article reported his work to be satisfactory.
    Some individuals ventured from the standard mercantile and necessity shops to operate optional services. Some who chose the options follow.
 
OPTIONAL SERVICES
 
    Amos Goff had, probably, the only jewelry repair shop in Imboden in earlier years. He operated the service in connection with a small grocery store.  Situated next to the Goff business, was a cleaning and pressing shop owned by Clarence Estes.
    B.J. Chambers, a photographer, had a studio located near his residence in the northwest section of town.  Early millinery shop owners included: Cora Jones, Maggie Franks, Audrey and Myrtle Herring, Mesdames F.C. Hulen, C.V. Morgan and Cordia Starr.
    When he moved from Walden, Missouri in 1913 and started what was probably the first restaurants in Imboden, J.L. Stewart remained a strong, supportive citizen and businessman in the town.
    G.H. Kirkpatrick was possibly the earliest dealer in lumber and building supplies. That firm was destroyed by fire in 1907. Also connected with milling and timber business was a J.R. Mitchell.
    Concerning the early history of Imboden, Mrs. R.S. Rainwater has a valuable  collection  of  documents,  records,  notes  and pictures. One such document records in beautiful manuscript and legal terms a transaction prior to the Civil War. Following are the contents of a slave document from  the  estate of  Benjamin Imboden, a founder of the town of Imboden.

    To all persons to whom these presents shall come, I, Andrew H. Imboden of the town of Powhatan in the County of Lawrence in the State of Arkansas, as I am administrator of the goods and estate which were of Benjamin Imboden late of Lawrence County and  State  of  Arkansas
aforesaid,  deceased intestate,  send greeting.
    Whereas by an order of the Probate Court of Lawrence County Arkansas, made at the January term A.D. 1853, last past, I, the said Andrew H. Imboden was licensed and empowered to sell the following  slaves  of the said Benjamin  Imboden  hereinafter described and whereas I the said Andrew H.  Imboden having given public notice of the intended sale by putting up fifteen advertisements in the most public places in Lawrence County twenty days before the day of sale. Agreeably to the order and direction of said court did on the 26th day of February instant pursuant to the license and notice aforesaid, sell by public auction the slaves of  the said Benjamin Imboden hereinafter described to John Bridges of  Lawrence County for the sum of two thousand four hundred and twenty-five dollars, he being the highest bidder therefor.
    Now, therefore, know that I the said Andrew H. Imboden by justice of the power and authority in me vested as aforesaid and in consideration of the aforesaid sum of two thousand four hundred and twenty-five dollars to me paid by the said John Bridges. The receipt  whereof  is  hereby
acknowledged,  do  hereby  grant, bargain, sell and convey unto the said John Bridges and his heirs the following slaves-for life-to-wit: Thornton aged about 38 years, Dilsea (his, Thornton's wife), aged about 34, Rachel aged about 6, Nelson aged about 4 years and Mary aged about 2 years, the last three children of the said Dilsea. To have and to hold the afore granted slaves to the said John Bridges and his heirs to his and their use and behoof forover and I the said Andrew H. Imboden for myself and my heirs, executors and administrators, do hereby covenant with the said John Bridges, his heirs and assigns, that in pursuance of the license aforesaid, I gave notice of said sale. As above set forth in (blank) whereof I the said Andrew H. Imboden have hereunto set my hand and seal this 7th day of January in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and fifty four.  Signed sealed in presence of us, (G.P. Wesen) Notary.
W.H.  Imboden, Sec. Administrator of the Estate of Benjamin Imboden, Dec.
 

MILL
 
    When railroading situated in Imboden in 1888, the town noted a shift in locating trade. One of the first operations to locate near the tracks was a flour mill, established by a Mr. Myers from Ohio.  Frank Perrin operated the mill for years  after the founder returned to his native
state.
 
MATTHEWS
 
    Matthews Store is probably the oldest continued business operating in Imboden today. B.F. Matthews moved from Denton in 1905 when he was retained by Dave Davis as a bookkeeper and clerk in a general merchandise store. The venture expanded to the Davis-Matthews and Company, E. Homer, Clarence Wells, and G.G. Guthrie incorporated into the f'irm. Destroyed by Pire in 1908, the business closed out in 1911. Mr. Matthews moved from Imboden but returned in 1927 to establish the existing Matthews General Store.
 
AUTO
 
    Modern times brought a replacement for the carriage and horse as a means of travel. The automobile was introduced to Imboden by a  local physician with much  fanfare.  Seeing promise  of probable success, Clay Henderson and Cleo Hill opened the Ford Motor Company, the first automobile dealership.  O.H. McKamey operated the business until 1922 when G. W. Bowers purchased it.  Dot Fortenberry and L.H. Kaiser bought the dealership in 1925, and expanded the operation to include a "rest room" and "eating place" called Cozy Inn which  was  operated by the  Melvin Holcombs.
    In the winter of 1923-24, the Chevrolet Motor Company was opened for business with G.W. Bowers as the manager. In 1925 L.E. Williams bought the business which he operated until his death in a hunting accident.
 
TELEPHONE
 
    School, church and social organizations were led by the women, many who worked in businesses of Imboden. Probably one of the most appreciated was Myrtle Crouch, who, for many years, served as the efficient central telephone operator.
 
 
WATER AND LIGHTS
 
    Unique at the time in Lawrence County was the city water and light system developed by H.W. Clopton, the first resident real estate agent in Imboden. While attending the World's Fair in St. Louis, Missouri in 1904, he conceived the idea of furnishing utility services to his hometown. On his return, he began the erection of the necessary buildings to install the plant. W.H. Vaughn of Memphis, Tennessee joined the enterprise and assisted with the setting of a water tank of 400 barrel capacity. Pipes were then laid to the river and to a few of the residences. However, this
part of the service was never put into operation.
    It was in October 1905 that electric lights were installed in many of the Imboden homes in the section of town referred to as Milltown. It was the Morrison Brothers who rewired the town and restored electricity in 1914 and 1915, with current being furnished from Walnut Ridge. Some years later the Arkansas Missouri Power and Light Company took the franchise and has offered continued service since.
 
 
ATTORNEY
 
    One of the most prominent and efficient politicians in Lawrence County was  the  first  resident  attorney  in  Imboden,  W.A. Cunningham, who located there in 1905. He was born in 1866 in South Carolina, moving with his family to Clover Bend in 1871. At the age of eight he was left to assist in provisions for his mother at his father's death. Upon his mother's death in 1879, he was the lone survivor of the William A. Cunningham family.  According to the McLeod history of Lawrence County, during the passing years, the future attorney attended summer schools at Clover Bend when he could spare his time from farm work. In 1888 he was granted a first grade license to teach. While he was teaching school at Coffman in the summer of 1890, he began to study law under the direction of John K. Gibson of Powhatan. He boarded and slept in the Gibson office for a residence and walked the three miles to and from school daily. In the August 1891 term of court, he was admitted to the bar. Mr. Cunningham practiced law with the Gibson firm until he withdrew to practice alone when he moved to Walnut Ridge in 1900, where he remained for five years. He then  moved to Imboden after  a hasty  move  to Oklahoma. In 1898 Mr. Cunningham was elected as county and probate judge. His four years of administration was one of the most achieving in the history of our county. Among the advancements for the area were inauguration of a system of road districts under the road-tax law, replacement of some bridges, the formation of Boas and Richwood townships from the Campbell area. However,
the most significant benefit was the construction of a new courthouse in Walnut Ridge at an overall cost of $20,000. That three-story structure was razed in 1964 to erect the existing courthouse.
    George G. Dent was another prominent attorney in Imboden, where he practiced in the early 1920's. He moved to California in 1926 where he resided at the time of his death in 1929.
 
OIL
 
    Two oil distributing companies were located in Imboden at one time. Standard Oil Company owned by O.F.  Downing  and Belford and Roe Oil Company operated by W. I. Swink had a vast distribution area within the county.  Today, the operations are still existent and remain as two of the older continued businesses.
 
 
NEWSPAPER
 
    Mr. A.T. Hall came to Arkansas from Virginia in 1894 and taught one term of school at Smithville. In 1895 he moved to Imboden and became a partner with J.T. Fisher and began the publication of the Spring River News. The first issue of the newspaper was published February 8,1895. W.J. Bacon bought the Fisher interest in 1896, and became the sole owner in 1898.  E.W.  Hodges purchased the rights in 1900 but  moved  to Pocahontas two  years later,  renaming  the  enterprise  The Randolph County Herald.     In  1903  Henry  Phelps  moved  from  Wynne  and  began publication of  the Imboden Gazette. Other editors of the Gazette included J.L. McKamey, Owen and Clauzell, Harvey Burgess, J.T. Sullivan and Dr. Barnett. The paper was discontinued in 1915. It was that year that Isaac Franks moved from Salem and began publication of the Imboden Journal. At his father's death in 1924  Boyce  Franks,  assumed  the  editorship.  W.C. Yeager purchased the company in 1926. Mr. J.O. Wasson was also editor for some time. In more recent years the popular Journal was owned and published by the Stovalls, who sold the business but repurchased it and retained the latest title of circulation, The Ozark Journal.
 
 
BANKING
 
    Banking in Imboden was established by H.F. Sloan, the second son of  W.C.  Sloan, when he moved from Smithville in 1896. The People's Bank was organized with $10,000 paid and $25,000 authorized. W.C. Sloan was elected president. The first directors were W.C. Sloan, J.S. Ketchum, W.A. Townsend, G.W. Brady, and T.M. Duvall. When death claimed Mr. Sloan in
1902, W.J.  Wilson succeeded him as president with C.C. Bacon advancing to cashier.  Other presidents through the years were: T.J. Sherman, A.T. Wilson, T.J.  Wilson, Jim Peebles and L.E. William. Edgar Chesser,  J.A. Hill,  J.J.  Sherman,  Orval  Rainwater,  Marvic Henderson, L.J. Kaiser, Jessie Hill, Eula Cavitt, Bower Weir and Fred Coffman served as cashiers and assistants through the years.
    The first bank was situated in an older building constructed in 1885. In 1903 a brick building was built for bank occupancy. When it was burned in 1906, the stone front building, known as the old bank building was constructed.
 
PROFESSIONALS
 
    In early years, Imboden attracted various professionals to locate to practice their trades. It was, though unusual for the era, a negro by the name of Simpson who opened the first barber shop in the town about 1885. Because of 18 years continued practice as a barber, App Davis may have been the most easily recalled barber. Joe McLeod, Harry Tatum, Joe Pickett and Deck Crabtree were among his associates.
   Deck Crabtree bought the Davis Barber Shop in 1915 when Mr. Davis moved from Imboden to Walnut Ridge where he died two years later. Mr. Crabtree sold his shop more than once, moving from his hometown. However, the old timers were always sure that he was "like a cat, he'd come back home." The first "beauty parlor" was owned and operated by a Leona Smith. This shop provided a luxury for the women of Imboden.
 
MEDICINE
 
    Even though the nearest today is located in Pocahontas or Walnut Ridge, Imboden has been most fortunate through the years in having resident physicians.
    Dr. A.G. Henderson, one of the town's earliest doctors, was born in Tennessee in 1851 and moved to Arkansas in 1857 with his parents. A short time before he graduated from Missouri Medical College in 1876, he began the practice of medicine in his adopted state. In 1877 he received a degree from Bellvue Medical College in New York. After graduation, he began formal practice at Walnut Hill, a flourishing town at that time, located in Randolph County between Ravenden and Ravenden Springs.  With the exception of nine years, Dr. Henderson continued his profession in or near Imboden, where he was an active member of the Masonic Lodge, the Methodist Church and the Medical Societies of Lawrence County and the state of Arkansas. Dr.  Henderson often recalled the years of the Civil War, in which conflict two of his brothers were sacrificed.
    Because of his determination to attend medical school, Dr. Henderson traveled 900 miles in Texas where he taught school for finance of his chosen profession. The busiest decades of his practice were experienced during the saddle bag, horse and buggy days.
    One of the most noted physicians in the Northeast Arkansas area and parts of Missouri was Dr. W.J. Hatcher, who was born in Williamson County, Franklin, Tennessee on June 10,1851. He was  a member of the  first graduating  class  of  Vanderbilt University Medical School, from which he received a duplicate diploma with the following noted attached: "the regular form for the Department of Medicine of Vanderbilt University, is in the course of preparation by the artists of America. When the regular diploma is received, it will be duly signed and sent to those who thus far have the distinction of being the first graduates of this Institution."
   Dr. Hatcher left Tennessee soon after graduation to seek his fortune in Arkansas. After riding a distance of 300 miles, he located in Old Jackson, two miles north of Imboden, which was a thriving village at that time. In November 1875 he was married to Miss Johnie Bridges, who was a granddaughter of Imboden's founder, Benjamin Imboden.     Because of his natural gifts and skills in medicine, Dr. Hatcher gained the confidence and respect of his fellowman, not only as a
physician, but also as a leader in public interests. His advice was sought from as far north as West Plains, Missouri and as far south as Jonesboro, Arkansas, which was a wide distance of practice at that time. His death in 1904 ended a brilliant and rewarding career.
      Dr. W.J. Hatcher could boast the honor of having two of his sons follow his chosen profession, medicine. Dr. J.O. Hatcher was born in 1878. Receiving his early education at Imboden, he enrolled at the University of Arkansas.  After two years, he entered Vanderbilt Medical School, as had his father. At age 23 he graduated as an honor student from that
university in 1901. He returned to Imboden to practice his early years in medicine. In later years, he moved to Deming, New Mexico where he had a successful practice including a staff position of the Deming Hospital. His body was returned to his hometown for burial after his death in his
adopted state, June 26,1931.
      A second son, Dr. W. W. Hatcher, chose to  devote his entire years of practice in the area of Imboden where he was born and also received his early education in the elementary school and the Sloan Hendrix Academy in 1909, he graduated from Tennessee Medical School. His practic  extended for 38 years and included membership in the A.M.A., President of Lawrence County Medical  Society,  and  President  of the  Northeast  Arkansas Medical Society. He served for 3  years as the Health Officer of Lawrence County. Until his death in 1949, he was also engaged extensively in the family livestock business.
     Other  doctors  in  the  Imboden  area  included  Dr.  J.C. Poindexter, who was a graduate of the Louisvile, Kentucky, Hospital College with the class of 1896. He taught school to pay his expenses at Arkansas College at Batesville where he received his early professional education. To finance his completion of medical school, he practiced medicine as an undergraduate at KingsVille, Kentucky. With the exception of several years spent at Conway, Pocahontas and Biggers, he practiced in his,hometown.  Many county physicians practiced in their early years in
Imboden,  including Doctors Warren,  Wells,  Tibbles,  Rudy, Lane, Kirkley, Mitchell, Farish and Gregory, who was the last resident physician and who also maintained a clinic.
 
 
DENTISTS
 
    The first dentist to locate in Imboden was Dr. E.N.F. Sullivan moving there from Calamine in 1905. He was the first resident of the town to own a car. "Sparkey", as he was known by his fellow towns folk, demonstrated the `odd machine' as all citizens lined each side of tlie street for his f'irst drive.
    L.B. Price, also of Calamine, located in Imboden in 1913. After practicing dentistry a few years in his first location, he moved to Pocahontas.
    A graduate of Tulane University in 1919, Dr. Edwin Dunn, practiced dentistry in Imboden for many years. He was to be the town's last resident dentist.



 
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