It was Doc's cousin, Susan McKey Thomas of Valdosta, who was able to prove his true dental school affiliation. While working on her book "In Search of the Hollidays" (1973) she corresponded with a Dr. Ernest Beerstecher at the University of Texas at Houston, who did some searching through that school's archives and located an old copy of the Dental Times published by the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery which listed the name of John Henry Holliday. Baltimore was surmised by Westerners who were just guessing. Susie remembers old timers in Valdosta talking about how John Henry sailed in and out of Savannah on his way to school in Philadelphia.
John Henry's cousin Robert Holliday of Atlanta attended the same dental school, graduating three years after John Henry. Robert and his older brother George became principals in what was called at the time the Atlanta Dental Depot (now the Atlanta Dental Supply Company), as did several of their descendants. The company is still in business today, one of the oldest and most respected dental suppliers in the Southeast. The Hollidays also had a hand in creating the first dental school in Atlanta, which gave birth to the Emory University School of Dentistry, where my husband received his dental degree. I'll be speaking about Doc's fascinating dental connection at an upcoming regional dental convention in Atlanta.
Was Doc Holliday actually trained in dentistry at the college in Baltimore? Something I once read stated no record was ever found of him attending the institution and that may actually have done so... more
Hello Sharon, It's great to hear from you. It's also comforting to know that you are there to lead me back onto the right path if I wander out into the desert to chew on some loco-weed. This time,... more
When Jahns' book was published in 1957, it caused a bit of a stir. It was not nearly as favorable to Doc as John Myers Myers' DOC HOLLIDAY published in 1955. Both broke new ground. The Myers book... more
After I made my post, I wondered if what I had written might be misunderstood and perhaps I should have made it clearer. But, it was too late then. Also, I don't mind having my cage rattled every... more
Dental School Dilemma Victoria Wilcox,Fri Apr 13 20:52
Hello Victoria Doc posed for at least a 2nd photo in Philadelphia. I also have some new info about doc and some of his fellow students. I was saving this for a small article but since you have an... more
Thanks, Armand! I'd very much like to learn more! I'm hoping you were able to find some descendants for Jameson Fuches, the student who sat beside him in class and who shared a research topic their... more
For those interested in Doc Holliday (and who isn't?), follow this link to see the just announced cover for Southern Son: The Saga of Doc Holliday, book one Inheritance. Knox Robinson Publishing,... more
Jerry, Vickie is right that Susie Thomas's research broke the log jam. It is not clear why Baltimore was settled on by earlier writers, but both John Myers Myers and Pat Jahns had him attending... more
Do you know where is papers on Elder can be seen? Is it in a published book? Also it seems Elder wanted to provide information on Doc and the whole Tombstone ordeal but required cash for doing so. I... more
Most of Kate's stories have been published in one form or another. Dr. Bork's version was published in ARIZONA AND THE WEST, Spring 1977. Some of her comments to Anton Mazzanovich may be found in the ... more