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.
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
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... more
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