I have no way of knowing the answer to that question. The information was known by 1973; Karen's book was published in 1998. In their book, IN SEARCH OF THE HOLLIDAYS (1973), Thomas and Pendleton included a special note which acknowledge the contribution of Mrs. Edward Holliday of Atlanta for providing the original Philadelphia photograph of Doc taken in 1872. They wrote, "This information furnished the writers with a clue as to another possibility--the possibility that Doc might have attended school in Philadelphia." They then acknowledged the assistance of several individuals through whom "it has been verified that John H. Holliday graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1872." See page 118 Mrs. Tanner acknowledged the importance of the Thomas-Pendleton book with respect to his early years.
Both Susan Thomas and Karen Tanner had Holliday relatives in common who advised them both. As the great grand daughter of Robert Alexander Holliday, who also attended the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery with John Henry Holliday as his preceptor, it is possible that she had family sources that pointed in the same direction. I cannot say for sure.
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