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Dr. John Wesley Brake

Dr. John Wesley Brake

Photo taken by Reeves & Co., Corner Deaderick St. and Square, Nashville, TN, about 1880s?
Written on the back by my grandmother, Mary A. Allen Gambill:
"Dr. John Brake - Uncle John - Mama's brother lived to be nearly 100"
[actually: 92 yrs old - born 1865, died 1957]

1910 United States Federal Census: Civil District 9, Dickson, Tennessee
John W Brake 44, married 21 yrs [all b TN, parents b TN]. physician, MD
Elizabeth B Brake 43, children 11/8
James B Brake 18, student in Normal
Mary E Brake 15, student in Music
John A Brake 13, laborer home farm
Nellie Brake 12, student in Music
Etha Brake 11, student in Music
Horace G Brake 5
Barney B Brake 2
Ella Turner 30 , servant

1920 United States Federal Census Civil District 9, Dickson, Tennesseee
John Brake 54, physician, farmer
Beatrice Brake 53
Mary Brake 25
John Brake 23
Nellie Brake 21
Gleson Brake 15
Bennie Brake 12
Ella Turner 45

newspaper obits kept by Mary Allen Gambill [niece]

Another one of the old-fashioned country doctors, now almost a vanished profession in an area that has passed, is gone., He is Dr. John W. Brake of nearby Dickson County.

The 93-year-old retired doctor died Tuesday in retirement. He had practiced medicine for half a century.

For many years Dr. Brake was a beloved and familiar figure on horseback with his saddle bags, responding to the call of the sick. He delivered thousands of babies, representing two generations.
It is said that he never mailed a bill for his services. He kept his records in a small book and when a patient paid he marked it paid. Needless to say his services were free in innumerable cases.
In this age of specialization general practioners are becoming fewer. But the so-called country doctor who maintains his office in some community and responds to the calls of neighboors is almost gone, even as the horse and saddlebags of another era have vanished.

Dr. John W.. Brake, 92, Dickson County’s oldest physician, died Tuesday afternoon in a Clarksville nursing home, having been in failing health for sometime.

Funeral services were set today at 2:30 pm at the Woods Valley Methodist Church and burial will be in the Stayden family cemetery in the Woods Valley community. Dickson Funeral Home in charge.

Dr Brake was born in Davidson county, a son of the late George and Mary Stokes [sic? Stark?] Brake. He came to Dickson county when a young man and practiced medicine in the Woods Valley community until he retired a few years ago. He was a member of the Methodist Church.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Ray Abernathy and Mrs. S.F. Wade, both of Clarksville, Mrs Gilbert Freeman, Dickson; three sons, Barney and Glen Brake, both of Cumberland Furnance, John Brake, Dickson; 16 grandchildren, a number of great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Dr. Brake Reviews Interesting Events As Rural Doctor

With national magazine writers predicting the "passing of the country doctor," in several leading publications of the nation and with a great amount of interest having been attached to the colorful career of the average "practitioner," who administered to the sick of the community in the past, the Leaf-Chronicle presents the article below which tells of a part of the activities of one of the CIarksville Area's most outstanding country doctors. He has carried on a continuous practice of medicine for more than a half a century. This man is Dr. J. W. Brake, who resides in the Woodvalley Community of Dickson County, and who needs no introduction to hundreds of people within a 75 radius of his home.

Born in Davidson County in August, 1865, Dr. Brake received his education mostly in the schools of that county. Receiving his medical diploma from Vanderbilt in the spring of 1885, he moved Dickson County, where he started out in 1888 on his career in medicine, possessed with a horse and "saddle bags." inside the saddle bags were medicines, instruments, and other paraphernalia which could be used to relieve the sick people of the community as prescriptions and drug stores were almost unknown to the rural people in those days. He was to become one of the most prominent physicians of the area, and enjoy the respect and admiration of hundreds of people in four counties. Since doctors were few and far apart in the latter part of the 19th century, the "practice area" often reached out for 40 to 50 miles from his home.

Rode For 30 Years
"For 30 years," Dr. Brake says, he carried on his practice "in the saddle," purchasing his first automobile in 1917. However, due to conditions of rural roads, the automobile was not used but very little for calling on patients, many of whom resided far from the main roads, their home been accessible only on horseback or by buggy. The doctor says he never used a buggy much in going to see patient



We were trespassing for these shots and were kicked out shortly after this one.

Strobist: 1 AB 1600 (It was so bright that I took off the beauty dish that I usually use and shined in the light as harsh as I could which I kind of regret b/c about 15 photos of her with the light above left a little shaddow below her nose that looked like a Hitler mustache. The light was a few feet to my right and about 5 feet from her and triggered with AB transmitters and receivers.

I increased the vibrancy slider in lightroom by about 20% and on a couple shots in this set I burned in the edges sligtly to make the blue sky even more contrasty.

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