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Medicine Man: 1939

Medicine Man: 1939

January 1939. "Dr. Springs with Indian relics. Colp, Illinois." Medium format acetate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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In 2012, when Dr. Springs' grave in nearby Carterville was rededicated, an article in the Southern Illinoisan explained: "Dr. Andrew W. Springs was born in 1869 and died in 1944. In addition to delivering babies and treating patients, he taught the community about hygiene, maintained his museum of Indian and other artifacts, even ran for statewide office twice in the Republican primary, in 1918 and 1924, losing by just one vote in 1918. In the height of the Great Depression, Dr. Springs invited First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to tour the No. 9 mine. She also attended a community choir performance in Colp and later sent the choir formal robes and a director to train and travel with them." There is now an "Andrew Springs Drive" in Colp.

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