Dr. Frederick A. Stoutamire
Dr. Frederick A. Stoutamire practiced medicine in Broadway from 1913 to 1928. He, his wife Elsie and two sons, Albert and Fred Jr. lived in a large, frame house on Main Street (later occupied by Dr. Robert L. Schuler and his family).
After leaving Broadway, Dr. Stoutamire moved to Richmond and set up practice as an anesthesiologist. He died July 23, 1955.
Dr. Robert L. Schuler
Dr. Robert Schuler and his family came to Broadway after Dr. Stoutamire moved to Richmond. He and his wife, the former Mary Jane Sutherland, were in the Broadway area for eighteen years. The couple had three daughters and one son.
Dr. L.J. Marshall
Another Broadway physician was Dr. L.J. Marshall. Dr. Marshall was a bachelor and lived above D.O. Hulvey’s Store and Meat Market in the early to mid 1930’s.
Dr. Marshall was an avid hunter, and lost his life in a car accident while leading a hunting expedition. Dr. Marshall took a group of Broadway residents to Eastern Virginia to hunt for deer. On the way, he collided with another vehicle on Spotswood Trail, just over the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Green County. His car went over an embankment. He was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Dr. William Fahrney
Dr. William Fahrney was an eye, ear, nose and throat specialist who practiced medicine in Broadway in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s. He was born in Timberville, and the son of longtime Timberville postmaster, Charles Fahrney and Mary McInturff Fahrney. He was married to the former Pauline Aldhizer.
Dr. Charles Watson
Dr. Watson came to town toting a couple of crates of books and sporting a two-seater coup, complete with a rumble seat. Fresh out of medical school, Dr. Charles Edward Watson and his wife, Eva were ready to set up practice in the little town of Broadway.
He made house calls, not only in Broadway, but also down the country roads of Brocks Gap. He kept his prices low so that every family could afford his services. Folks soon got used to his familiar, “One dollah, please.”
Dr. Watson believed in the healing properties of natural herbs and often prescribed them for a variety of maladies. His envelopes of “little grey pills” became a well known prescription. I personally remember taking the tiny, licorice-flavored pills as late as the mid 1960’s. I’m still not exactly sure what illnesses they cured!
Dr. Charles Watson was a well-loved small town physician. He was a comforting sight to the ill and their families. His quiet, efficient manner had a calming effect, even in the midst of a life-threatening emergency. He remained a friend and faithful physician until his death in 1970.
Information from “Regards to Broadway: The Story of an American Town (Cullers and Lilliendahl, 2005)