|present day photo of the Harbin Hotel in downtown Nauvoo|
and Dr. Howard J. Sankey's office to the right.
|Photo Courtesty of Frances Sankey Ellis of her parents,|
Dr. Howard J. Sankey & Frances Turner Sankey
who are pictured leaving for their honeymoon
in Meridian, Mississippi before coming to Nauvoo.
This photo is from the book, "Memories of Nauvoo."
|Present day photo of the "Show Room" |
in Nauvoo. Under the side roof is
the cooling well and the airplane
propellor contrived by
Dr. Sankey for cooling the place.
|Entrance sign to the Old Nauvoo Theater|
|Dr. Sankey's office displays his examining table|
and the scales he weighed the Nauvoo quads on in 1940.
This photo is from the book, "The Heritage of Walker
County," 1st edition 1999, Heritage Publishing
Consultants, Inc., page 284
During the depression years and the WW II years in rural Alabama, most of the time babies were delivered at home. The doctor would make the rounds, attending to the needs of the birth mothers. This was the case for Granny Kilgore when having her children, as well as her children giving birth to us cousins. Transportation was always a problem, and living in a rural setting meant that it was impractical to journey to the nearest hospital. The birth would have taken place before arriving at a hospital 20 miles away.
Anyone born in Nauvoo from 1903 until 1949 was most likely brought into the world by Dr. Howard J. Sankey. I was among that number. I was born during the year 1944 at home on rural route 3 of Nauvoo, Alabama. I grew up in that same house, and my mother still lives in that house, although the mailing address has changed from Route 3 to County Road 21. I was actually born to Cecil and Beatrice Kilgore in the middle of the night of December 9, 1944, just before midnight with sixty-nine year old, Dr. Sankey as the attending physician.
|Present day photo of the front of|
Dr. Howard J. Sankey's office in Nauvoo.