This Day in Dayton, 24 October

Former Dayton resident Jim Jones, in his column “The Ol Hoosier Farmer,” wrote one day about Dayton’s Dr. William Taaffe. “The closest man to a country doctor we knew was Dr. William Taaffe, who practiced in Dayton, Indiana. … somewhere along the line he had learned to offer service in his practice and not just prescribe pills.” Dr. Taaffe kept his overhead low, and thus could charge a low fee. He answered his own phone. He didn’t make appointments. He didn’t file insurance claims. He was open Saturdays and some evenings, and he would make house calls if needed. Dr. Taaffe is gone now. He is missed. (copy courtesy of Mike Grimes. Thanks, Mike!)

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