Giz Herbst and the Egg Harbor Historical Society will present a free program on the life of Dr. Horace Franklin Eames on Jan. 7, 1 pm at the Kress Pavilion. This program will focus on the first 15 years of Eames’ life, and the series will continue on the following three Mondays in January.
Dr. Eames served the people of Egg Harbor for 45 years, but he was much more than a doctor. Eames once owned the largest orchard in Door County, a prize herd of dairy cattle, a shipping wharf and a general store, and he raised as many as 200 hogs on his 640-acre farm. He was also an activist in the educational, political and social affairs of Door County.
Dr. Eames started as a true horse-and-buggy doctor who ran his practice from his home and made house calls as needed. He made his final home visit on a day in July 1937. After returning from making five home visits, he sat down in his favorite chair and died at age 78.
Some of today’s older local residents recall their parents telling about how Eames saved their lives during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1917-19.