Wallace W. “Doc” Wheat was one of Roseville/Coxville’s most famous citizens. Born in 1870 he was the son of Edward L. Wheat who ran a local pharmacy and general store in Roseville and also owned a farm in Florida Township. Wallace studied medicine at the Eclectic Medical Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he learned a medical practice based on botanical medicine. The Eclectics, as they were called, were especially prominent in Indiana and Ohio at the turn of the twentieth century. They believed that the body would heal itself and that it was the job of the physician to simply aide the body in that process primarily through the use of plant-based medicines.
Wallace graduated in 1899 and soon returned to Parke County. After a few years of practice in Mecca he returned to live in Coxville next to the covered bridge. He became well-known as a healer, especially for his treatments for goiter, kidney and liver disorders and external cancers. Patients came from all over the United States and even Europe to take his treatments. He made most of his own herbal medicines and created a formula to fit the individual patient. He was also considered eccentric by many. He built a very large greenhouse for his herb plants and lemon trees. He was rumored to have buried his money all around his property. He was a lively person who did much
to support his community through hard times. He died in 1948.
questions : answer in your journal
2, What did they own?
3.Where did he attend med school?
4. What is an "eclectic"? explain their beliefs
5. What was he known for?
6.Why did people come from all over? How far?
7. What is the rumor about his money?