LAHC – The Beginning

August 13, 2015

Stinking Creek News


It was August 1958 when I first came to Stinking Creek. Dr. Schaeffer of the Red Bird Mission brought Peggy and me over the hill from Jim Luellans store on Straight Creek to look over the area as he was hoping to sell us on coming to Stinking Creek for Peggy to do her midwifery practice. So we came over the hill to Lee Hopkins and the Alex Creek school. We ventured on down to the Taylor school at the junction of Alex creek and Big Creek. Peggy knew what work she wanted to do—deliver babies in the homes. We started in that area as quite a few people from the top of Stinking Creek were accustomed to traveling over the hill to the Red Bird Hospital. Since there were plans to move the hospital on down the Red Bird river about seven miles that would make it almost impossible for people to get those services, especially midwifery services.
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