Go West, Young Man

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 13
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1981
Type Image
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Language eng
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title Go West, Young Man
Description GO WEST, YOUNG MAN! Lois Broun Manti, Utah 84642 Non-Professional Division First Place Short Story George stepped from the chugging, blowing train and onto the platform of the station ir. Manti, a tiny town in central Utah. He carried two suitcases, one containing his clothes, the other his books and medical equipment. As he looked around at the people who had met the train, he wondered just what these friormons were like aM how a small town in Utah compared to the other towns where he had stopped. George was a young doctor from Rock Island, Illinois. He had lived near the bustling city of Chicago all his life, attended school there, finished his training at the busy Cook County Hospital and decided that he did not want to spend the rest of his life as a city doctor. So, when his medical training was complete he had packed what he considered most essential, bade farewell to his loving "but bewildered family, and boarded the train going-west. George's mother had always ass'jrned that he would practice medicine somewhere near Chicago, so when he announced that he was heading jest with no particular destination in mind she was horrified. He had graduated at the top of his class so the opportunities open to hiin were many, but he was turning his back on till his family, his friends and the many opportunities near his home ana was going-- When George arrived in Manti he had been traveling west for several months. He simply bought a ticket that would take him to some town by nightfall. There he would leave the train, find a hotel, a meal, visit the local drug store if there was one, prepare to leave on the next train and go to bed. At a little mining town in South Dakota where he had stopped for the night, there had been a smallpox epidemic and bo doctor, "rfnen people with whom he visited found that he was a doctor they begged hin to stay and help them for a day, a week, a month-just tc please help them. So he did. He stayed until the epidemic was over, then he left a grateful little town that would long remember the handsome young doctor who had saved them from catastrophe. This had been the pattern of his trip west. He spent a few days, a week or weeks helping where help was needed, then moved on. His scrawled notes went home, "Dear Mother, I've been here for a week, and while there is need for a doctor here this is not where I wish to live. Love, George." -97-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 13
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324278
Reference URL