The Coshocton County Beacon November 4, 2021 - Page 21

November 4 , 2021 The Beacon • 21

Cleveland Clinic reaches 100th anniversary with help of Crile and Lower

Schumaker Farms honored

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The Cleveland Clinic is celebrating its 100th anniversary , and two of its founders have roots in Coshocton County .
The Cleveland Clinic is celebrating its 100th anniversary , and two of its founders have roots in Coshocton County .
A sign in Chili designates it as the hometown of Dr . George W . Crile and Dr . William E . Lower . Crile was born on Nov . 11 , 1864 , and Lower was born May 6 , 1867 .
Crile and Dr . Frank Bunts were practicing in Cleveland , and because of such rapid growth in this partnership , Lower was asked to join them in 1892 . Crile and Lower were cousins ; both attended district schools and had been raised on farms in the Chili area .
In 1898 Crile and Lower pioneered a method of performing a double leg amputation using a spinal anesthetic by experimenting on frogs . Lower performed the first actual operation in 1898 , and it was deemed a success .
During the Spanish- American War , Crile and Bunts both served as surgeons , leaving Lower alone with the office practice . After they came home , Lower volunteered to help with the Boxer Rebellion in China , entering the army as a first lieutenant . By the time he reached China , the rebellion was over ; however , he received papers to serve as surgeon to the Ninth U . S . Cavalry in the Philippines , 1900-01 .
In 1901 Bunts , Crile and Lower were reunited in practice , where they remained until they were separated again by World War I . Lower was already well known nationally as a urologic surgeon .
When World War I began , Crile , Bunts and Lower were there . Crile organized the Lakeside Unit known as Base Hospital No . 4 in France , and Crile advanced to brigadier general .
Bunts and Crile returned to Cleveland early in 1919 and were once again united with Lower and began to rebuild their practice . Soon they were busy again and needed assistance . Dr . John Phillips joined the team . Now they were four and in time would become known as the Big Four .
Inspired by the cooperative benefits to their patients , money was borrowed , and in 1921 the
Cleveland Clinic was founded . This was the mission statement , “ The mission of the Cleveland Clinic is to provide compassionate healthcare of the highest quality in a setting of education and research .”
Crile was elected the first president , Bunts was vice president , Lower was treasurer and Phillips was secretary . The first meeting of the incorporators was held Feb . 21 , 1921 , and these doctors were designated founders .
Lower was a physician for 56 years . He died June 17 , 1948 , and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery . Before his death Lower established two trust funds for the Coshocton Public Library .
Crile retired in 1941 and died Jan . 7 , 1943 . He is buried at Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland .
A time line of the Cleveland Clinic ’ s complete history can be found online at my . clevelandclinic . org / about / history . According to the website , the Cleveland Clinic now has more than 200 locations and 65,000 caregivers worldwide .
Mark Fortune
Coshocton Soil and Water Conservation District announced the 2021 Outstanding Conservation Farmer of the Year award , which went to Jim and Wendy Schumaker . Schumaker Farms consists of 237 acres and is located in Lafayette Township near West Lafayette .
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