Apison is in Hamilton County, Tennessee in the Chattanooga
metro area. The community is in the Eastern Standard time
zone adjacent to the City of
to one lore the community
was named for Cincinnatus Apperson,
railroad crew chief; the name was simply misspelled in recording. Another theory said that an amateur
geologist, Jim Roberts, living there suggested its name because of Apison Shale found in the area. The village was formerly known as O’Brian
when it was just a railroad crossing near the farm of Jacob and Mary Plowman,
but the name was later changed to Apison because
there already existed a town of
Dr. E. S. Blair, M. D.
Dr. Blair a young medical graduate on his way home from college was attracted to a man who boarded the train at Ooltewah and recognizing him as a doctor soon engaged him in conversation. After they had exchanged credentials with mutual interest established, the young student asked for advice as to where and how a medical beginner could find a location. Dr. Webb was on his way to Apison to visit a patient and informed the young doctor that this little village had no resident doctor and should be a good place to build a practice and a great field of service. So thus was Dr. Blair introduced to Apison in 1910. As he alighted from the train that August afternoon, he was directed to D. A. Stanfield's home where he remained for a short time before sending for his wife, Ossie.
Dr. E. S. Blair
The Blairs began their home life in Apison in two furnished rooms rented from Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Wilson. After a few years, they purchased the old Felker home. There over a period of years many patients found the pathway to the doctor's office.
Dr. Blair was a general practitioner of the old school. He visited his first patient riding on a mule borrowed from Jack Sims. He later bought "Old Dan", as he affectionately called his horse. Then he traveled by horse back and by horse and buggy until automobiles replaced the horse and buggy. Cecil Wilson, son of John and Myrtle Wilson, was the
first baby the doctor delivered. Here, he had many other experiences, Mrs. Blair was a very efficient helper. A. K. Poe, born in 1941, was probably the last baby delivered by him.
The Blairs proved their friendships through years of service. Apison not only had a good doctor family, but two good friends and staunch citizens. As he was interested in politics and a member of the Board of Education, the doctor's services were of great importance. He was a friend of our schools and churches, and a leader in many community activities.
After leaving Apison, the Blairs located in Attalla, Alabama. Since Mrs. Blair's death, the doctor resides in Birmingham, Alabama. We have no resident doctor since Dr. Blair.
Doctors serving in earlier years were: Bob James, Robert A. Wilson, Dr. Thomas, Bacon, Riggins, from New York, Calhoun from Georgia and Dr. Bruce. Dr. 0. G. Hughes, of Ooltewah, was family physician to many families here long before and after Dr. Blair. Hughes was often called in for consultation by him.
Committee Arranging Apison Community Revival
A community revival is being planned for Apison section early in September, 1938 at which the Rev. J. Fred Johnson, pastor of the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, will be the speaker. The committee arranging for the services, shown here, is made up of:
(Left to Right) Front Row: The Rev. T. B. Hants, the Rev. Mr. Johnson, W. C. Adams, Dr. E. S. Blair, and Clarence Rhinehart; Second Row: Mrs. J. W. Longley, Mrs. Fred Fisher, W. S. Knox, and W. F Langley: Third Row: M. W. Davidson, W. T. Stephens, and C. L. Carmack.
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“Dr. Robert Asbury Wilson came to Apison in 1868 to begin his medical practice. He was a native of the Eureka Community at Charleston, Tennessee. He married Sue Basemore and had three children, a son and two daughters; Myrtle Jones Hullender was an adopted daughter. Dr. Wilson was a member of the Methodist Church, Woodmen of the World, and the Masons. He also served as postmaster and depot agent. Dr. Wilson retired about three years before his death on January 2, 1911, at the age of sixty-four. He was buried in
“Dr. E. S. Blair came to Apison with his wife, Ossie, in August, 1910. As a young medical graduate on his way home from college he engaged in conversation with a Dr. Webb who had boarded the train at Ooltewah. Dr. Webb suggested that since Apison had no resident doctor, the little village should be a good place to begin medical practice. The Blairs rented two furnished rooms from Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Wilson and later purchased the old Felker home. Dr. Blair visited his first patients riding on "Old Dan," a mule borrowed from Jack Sims. The first baby the doctor delivered was Cecil Wilson, oldest son of John and Myrtle Wilson.
“After leaving Apison, the Blairs moved to Attalla, Alabama. After Mrs. Blair's death, Dr. Blair moved to Birmingham, Alabama.”
From the desk of
Ruth W. Longley
4411 Bill Jones Road
Apison, Tennessee 37302
October 4, 2005
This is all I can find about Dr. Blair, but I know where he lived. My sister bought his house but she sold it and it has been remodeled since, but still looks like the place.
Dr. E. S. Blair’s House And Office In Apison
Cecil Wilson was my brother, born in 1910. John and Myrtle Wilson were our parents.
Dr. Blair delivered my son in 1940 when a big snow was on the ground. He also delivered me and one sister. He even pulled teeth for us. That is about all I know.
Dr. E. S. Blair
Subject: Re: Dr. E.S. Blair
Date: Thursday, March 03, 2005 11:48 AM
Thomas Blair and Hanna Stone were
the parents of Ezekiel Stone Blair, their oldest child. Hanna's father's name was Ezekiel Stone,
hence the name of her first child, Ezekiel Stone Blair. Hanna was the great grand niece of Thomas
Stone, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence from
Maryland. Thomas Blair came to this
country from Scotland. (If you or anyone else follow
up on what I sent, you will find some say Thomas that was married to Hannah was
Best Wishes & Kindest Regards,
Marvin Henry Kelley
A. Thomas Blair an émigré from Scotland
Wife: Hanna Stone-Blair
Hanna’s father was Ezekiel Stone a grand nephew of Thomas Stone a signer of the Declaration of Independence from Maryland
Children of Thomas Blair
1. Ezekiel Stone Blair
Wife: Jane Henry
Moved to Cherokee County, Alabama in 1835
Children of Ezekiel and Jane Blair
a. John Spencer Blair
Children of John Spencer Blair
1. Effie Pearl Blair
Husband: __________ Baker
b. Thomas Blair
Children of Thomas Blair
1. Dr. E. S. Blair
2. Hattie Blair
1st Husband: Thomas Smith
2nd Husband: Merion Sheppard
Children of Hattie Blair
a. Pace Smith
Dr. E. S. Blair died at the home of Pace Smith in East Gadsden, Alabama. Buried Forest Cemetery, Gadsden
b: Dr. John Sheppard
Dr. E. S. Blair M. D.
From Gadsden (Alabama) Times, May 29, 1957
(Items in parenthesis supplied by JWHenson)
Dr. E. S. Blair Passes In City
Dr. E. S. Blair, 77, died yesterday (May 28, 1957) in a local nursing home. He had been in ill health several years.
A native of Cherokee County (Alabama), he was the son of a Baptist Minister. A graduate of Jacksonville State College, he attended Alabama Medical College, Mobile, and received his medical degree at the Nashville, Tenn. Medical College.
Dr. Blair practiced medicine in Apison, Tenn. for over 30 years and opened practice in Gadsden during World War II.
His wife, Mrs. Ossie Stephenson Blair, died several years ago.
He is survived by several nieces and Nephews. Among them are Dr. John Sheppard, Miss Lola Smith, Pace Smith, all of Gadsden, and Mrs. Albert Rains of Gadsden and Washington, D. C.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1pm at Collier-Butler Funeral Home with the Rev. Ivan Trusler officiating. Burial will be in Forest Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Walter Anthony, Billy Armstrong, Paul Jordan, Glover Johnson, J. H. Bridges, Dr. C. L. Lawson, J. C. Privett, and Dr. Dewitt Faucett. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Etowah County Medical Society.
He was a member of the Presbyterian Church.
(Furnished courtesy of Kevin Graves, Librarian in Gadsden, AL Public Library)