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MILAM HISTORY

‘Painless’ dentist was midwife, leader

This is the latest in a series on Milam County women. E ula Bell Moultry was known as the “ painless dentist, medical advisor and nurse.”

She was born in the Liberty Hill farming community between Thorndale and was Rockdale to John and Emma Crayton.

She attended Liberty Hill rural school and in 1920 married Julius “Bose Moultry, a Rockdale blacksmith.

They had one daughter, Susie Sansom Piper

EulaBellhadavisionof becoming a nurse when one of her neighbors became ill. She felt her aim in life was to help the sick and shut-ins.

In 1939, she completed her high school education by taking correspondence courses. She then took advanced courses through extension departments of Prairie View A&M University and Paul Quinn College

She continued correspondence studies with Chicago School of Nursing and studied and practiced under the late Dr. J. L. Dickey of Taylor.

She received her license in Vocational Nursing and then worked for New ton Clinic in Cameron for six months.

R ichards Clinic opened in 1949 in Rockdale. She spent 17 years working with Dr. John T. Richards. She served as midwife in the counties of: Milam, Williamson, Lee and Burleson, 200 babies, all races. She never turned down anyone because of financial difficulties.

She was known as the only “painless dentist.” Others knew her as their medical advisor and even some as their pedicurist.

She served as chair of the Texas Home Demonstration Council, president of the Texas Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, Federated Club of the Mary Church Terrell District, and president of the local home demonstration club and was a leader in New Hope Baptist Church organizations.

She received many awards including one from the Texas House of Representatives for more than 30 years as a vocational nurse and for being the first African American to complete the nursing course in the Milam County area.

Research: Matchless Milam the History of Milam County page 191.


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