On Wednesday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m., the Massillon Genealogical Society will present “Doctor to the Amish,” featuring guest speaker Dr. Elton Lehman.
When medical technology meets rural country values, home health remedies, and unwavering faith in divine Providence, you are describing the decades-long career of country-boy-turned-country-doctor, Dr. Elton Lehman, subject of the book, House Calls and Hitching Posts
. This beloved doctor, who practiced medicine among the Amish of Ohio for nearly five decades, was named Country Doctor of the Year.
Originally intending to work further away from his hometown of Kidron, Dr. Lehman settled into a practice in Mount Eaton just 5 or 6 miles from where he grew up. Intending to help a local doctor for only 4 or 5 years, nearly five decades and over 6,300 babies later, he remains where he first began! Immersing himself in the culture and traditions of the Amish people of Wayne and Stark Counties, he has adapted to their simple ways, respecting their religious convictions and learning from their way of life. Sensitive to his patients' preferences not to have their babies born in a hospital, and their illnesses and injuries treated in a home-like atmosphere, Dr. Elton Lehman created a treatment and birthing center in the hills of Wayne County, Ohio.
The public is invited to attend this free program to be held at the Lillian Beane Center, 1711-16th Street SE, in Massillon. No registration is required.
The Massillon Genealogical Society welcomes the public to its meetings and programs. For more information, contact Jean Adkins at the Massillon Public Library - 330-832-9831, ext. 337.