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There were several doctors in practice in the area around Rison before it became a town. When the city grew several of them established a practice there. Some of the early practitioners were:

Dr. Thomas W. Chowning was one of the oldest and most successful physicians in and around Rison. He was bom in Virginia September 13, 1814. He received a degree in medicine from the Louisiana University in New Orleans in 1844. In 1847 he settled in the vicinity of Rison where he remained until his death October 23, 1891, at age 77. He is buried in Greenwood Cemetery.

Dr. C. D. Niven was another early practitioner in the Rison area. He was bom January 9, 1855, and died March 25, 1898, at age 43. He is buried in Niven Cemetery.

Dr. C. A. Stanfield also practiced in and around Rison. He was bom February 6, 1818, and died August 2, 1904, at age 86. He is buried in Greenwood Cemetery.

Dr. J. S. McMurtrey practiced in Rison nearly fifty years. In 1898 Dr. McMurtrey and Dr. T. H. Ackerman established the Rison Drug Company. He was civic minded

having served as a member of the school board and the city Council. At the time of his death he was the county and city health officer, a Position he had held for many years. He died October 1, 1928, at age 62. He is buried in Greenwood Cemetery.

Dr. T. H. Ackerman died April 22, 1913 at a hospital in Pine Bluff. He was bom in Galatin, Tennessee, January 6, 1851. He attended Vanderbilt University in 1883-84. He settled in Cleveland County in 1884 and formed a partnership with Dr. C. A. Stanfield at Toledo. In 1891 he moved to Rison and remained there until his death. He was instrumental in the development of Rison, having built the Phoenix Hotel which was completed only a few days before his death. He was 62 years of age. He is buried in Greenwood Cemetery.

Dr. H. O. Wilson took his own life in September 1930. He was 47 years of age. Apparently he was despondent over financial matters. He was found on the Calmer Road about two miles east of Rison with an empty bottle of Strychnine in his clothing. He was a native of

Cleveland County who had practiced medicine for 22 years in Rison. He was liked and admired by all persons known to him. He was civic minded and took a strong interest in local affairs. Funeral Services were held at The Tabernacle in Rison by A. W. Hamilton, pastor of the Methodist Church. An estimated crowd of 2,000 people attended the service. He was buried in Greenwood Cemetery.

Dr. Henry David Sadler died October 28, 1925 at the age of 63. He was bom April 7, 1862, in Cleveland County. He attended the local school at Toledo. Prior to going into medicine, he was a deputy in the office of Sheriff Henry W. Rogers. Later he taught in the local schools. He graduated from the University of Arkansas Medical School in 1891. In 1911 he took post-graduate work at Tulane University at New Orleans. He practiced in Rison from 1896 until his death. He was one of the original petitioners for the incorporation of the City of Rison, and one of the founders of the Bank of Rison. He is buried in Greenwood Cemetery.

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