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My Ralston Family Story

 

Dr. William G. Ralston [1819 – 1914]    Indiana Country Doctor

 

 

...In those days, when bridle paths served as highways in many portions of the country, the physicians who did a riding practice found it very laborious in coverinRalston William Gg the territory on horseback. These doctors endured many hardships that would break down ordinarily the best constitution. No matter how rough the weather nor how dark the night, Dr. Ralston was ever ready to answer the signal of distress, and his indomitable will carried him through,  and it is a  remarkable fact that he was never sick but one week consecutively...

...He examined over 10,000 volunteers substitutes and drafted men [in the Civil War] and continued in that position until April I4 1865, when he returned to the practice of his profession locating in Evansville [IN]. He was appointed United States surgeon of the Marine hospital at Evansville, in which capacity he served four years and he also served four years as United States pension examiner at Evansville...

 

Biographical Cyclopedia of Vanderburgh County, Indiana: Embracing..., 1897, pp. 44-45