5 Frank Creamer
|Dr. Frank Creamer arrived in South Dakota in 1908, the same year he graduated from the University of Iowa Medical School. He practiced for two years with a fellow graduate in the town of LeBeau until a freak accident burned the entire town to the ground. Dr. Creamer moved on, settling in DuPree, where he served the community and surrounding region with distinction for the next 39 years.
As a child, Dr. Creamer suffered from diphtheria, which took the life of his younger sister. He continued to suffer from the effects of the disease all of his life. While at medical school, he was stricken with inflammatory rheumatism and was compelled to enter his senior year on crutches. One of his goals when he was going to high school was to become a doctor so that he could help children. Over the years he established free clinics for vaccinations and health examinations for school children and school athletes.
In 1912, Dr. Creamer became a contract physician for the nearby Thunder Butte Indian Service, a position he used to help further his fight against contagious diseases.
In between the free clinics, monthly visits to the Indian Service centers, and his regular practice, Dr. Creamer managed to build DuPree's first hospital. The six-bed addition to his regular office handled mostly obstetrics and many of the 2,500 babies (including 28 pairs of twins) whom he delivered in his career were born there.
Dr. Creamer was awarded a citation for commendable service for extraordinary responsibility conscientiously performed over 35 years within the Indian Service by the Secretary of the Interior. He was very active in businessmen's associations, the Order of the Eastern Star, the Masonic Lodge, the IOOF Lodge and the American Legion.
Although many illnesses plagued Dr. Creamer's life, including a final 12-year bout with cancer, he tirelessly pursued his cause through it all. Thanks to the selfless efforts of this small town doctor, his goal to eliminate the scourge of contagious diseases has been reached because of his dedication to giving over 6,000 diphtheria and small pox vaccinations.
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