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My first reflection of a local chiropractor is of Dr. Don Buttray. My father would visit him on occasion to balance the stresses of being an ironworker, a competitive weightlifter and the father of nine children - although I have never heard him complain about the latter.

Buttray also worked at The Meadville Tribune with my grandfather. Although Buttray was not a large man, I remember my father remarking how powerful his hands were. He was a 1954 Palmer College graduate and opened his practice at 912 Alden St. at his home, later moving to the professional building that the probation office now occupies.

As I researched information for this article, I was amazed at the number of chiropractors that located in this area. Dr. Harry A. Hackett was the first to locate here. He opened an office in his home at the corner of East College Street and Highland Avenue on March 1, 1911. Upon completion of the Crawford County Trust Company building (the old bank building) he moved his offices to rooms 402-403, the first tenant to open an office there. Following Hackett was Dr. E.M. Barnett, opening an office in the Masonic Building in 1915. Early in 1917, Dr. Norman Margah opened an office on the Diamond at Walnut Street on the site of the non-vacant junior high school.

Dr. Margaret Mizner opened an office in the old bank building Sept. 1, 1919. Her father was the operator of the Lafayette Baggage and Transfer Company for many years. Dr. Perry Cook first located in the Masonic Building on Sept. 23, 1920, and was active in the Pennsylvania Chiropractors Association. Dr. Fred Wade opened his practice in the old bank building on July 10, 1921, and later moved to Cambridge Springs. Dr. Earl Griffiths located in Meadville in January 1922. He fought in the Spanish-American War and the Boxer uprising in China. His father operated the Griffiths' Baking Co. for a number of years.

Dr. Edward Coyle established his practice in the fall of 1922, followed by Andrew McKelvey in April 1925 locating in the Phoenix Block on Chestnut Street. Dr. Mary Page opened an office here in June 1925. She first located in the Flood Building on Chestnut Street. Dr. K.K. Lane opened an office in the Mercatoris Building on June 6, 1930, and was a college instructor for several years at Palmer Chiropractic College. Dr. George E. Barner located in Cochranton in 1927 and sometime later moved to Meadville.

Dr. Kenton W. Bertram attended Universal Chiropractic College in Pittsburgh from 1933 to 1936. In 1945 he received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Metropolitan College of Chiropractic in Cleveland. He had several offices in Meadville, Conneaut Lake, Titusville and Guys Mills. His son Jim Bertram is currently the director of the Bertram Chiropractic Clinic in Saegertown. Dr. Clyde Faust graduated from Lincoln College in 1941 and established his first practice at the old VanKorncut Creamery and in 1943 moved to Conneautville. He practiced with his son Clyde from 1964 to 1967 and his son Clyde continues in Conneautville today.

Following is a potpourri of other chiropractors who have served in the Meadville area in the past. This is not an all-inclusive list but is to the best of our memories at the Crawford County Chiropractic Association.

Dr. David Shryock, Diamond Park (I remember seeing Shryock's wrought iron sign with a crafted horse-drawn carriage as I walked between the junior high and the YMCA in the early 1970's); Dr. Ed O'Nan, on Park Avenue near the old Barco house; Dr. Charlene Brown, Saegertown, daughter of Kenton Bertram; Drs. Tom and Madeline Watson (Perry Cook's daughter) most recently at Conneaut Lake; Dr. Charles Calvin, Route 19, Meadville; Dr. Welch, Cochranton; Dr. Margaret (Maggie) Wood, Conneautville; Dr. Ad Heinrich, Meadville; Dr. Perry Cook II, Meadville and Sharon; and Drs. Davis Hosack, D.A. Campbell, J.E. Gaub and Harry Fultz, all of Titusville. Also worthy of mention are Dr. Alvin Williams and Dr. L.J. Olsen.

Local chiropractors owe a debt of thanks to these competent, caring doctors who delivered their service without the widespread acceptance that we enjoy today.

It is evident as we speak to our patients who were patients in their offices that they contributed greatly to their health and oftentimes were active to make this community a better place to live.

The Crawford County Chiropractic Association looks forward to starting this new millennium in the spirit of service demonstrated by the doctors of chiropractic that have come before us.

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