Written by Chris Dalrymple, DC   
Sunday, September 06, 2015 08:02 AM

D. D. Palmer teaches 4 chiropractic students. 

B. J. Palmer graduates chiropractic school at age 20. 

D. D. decides to go to the Pacific Coast moving all furnishings from the 21 room Ryan Block Sanitarium to Portland, Oregon.

Willard Carver, sick with typhoid fever, goes to Davenport for D. D. to treat him, but with D. D. having moved to Portland, B. J. assumes the case and treats him for several weeks.

Willard Carver’s “Uncle Howard Nutting” came to B. J.’s rescue refurbishing the Ryan Block Sanitarium.  B. J. took over the business, practice, sanitarium and school and  and "many debts” left behind by D.D. Palmer.

Practical air conditioner designed by Willis Carrier in 1902
The Wright brothers of Ohio, United States create the 1902 version of the Wright Glider.

April 2, 1902 — Electric Theatre, the first movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles.

The chiropractic course in Davenport cost $500 (a sum which approximated the tuition at the best medical schools). Oakley G. Smith, an 1899 graduate of the Palmer school and subsequently the founder of the rival profession of naprapathy, recalled his chiropractic training as barely an apprenticeship. Historian Russell Gibbons also describes the rudimentary character of early chiropractic education. However, to place this in context, many medical schools in America in that day and age were also rather primitive, and most would be condemned by Abraham Flexner, PhD, in his historic report to the Carnegie Foundation on medical education in the United States and Canada.

A young man from Chicago, H.H. Reiring paid his $500 tuition in March 1900, and soon began to brand Palmer a fraud. Old Dad Chiro ordered him off of school property, and when Reiring refused to leave unless his tuition was refunded, Palmer called the police. Although Reiring was arrested, Palmer failed to file a written complaint, and thereby left himself open to "a liability for a suit for false arrest." Historian Vern Gielow indicates that Reiring sued Palmer for misrepresenting the content of his educational offering.  Reiring's lawsuit was dismissed on 15 January 1901, but the threat of prosecution and civil suits apparently hung over the father of chiropractic.

In June of 1902, D.D. relocated to Southern California, ostensibly to locate and help his friend and former pupil, Thomas H. Storey, DC, who was suffering from a mental disorder. But the real reasons for his departure probably had more to do with his legal and financial difficulties in Iowa. And soon he would run into legal difficulties in California. 

Left in charge of the debt-ridden Palmer School & Infirmary was young Bartlett Joshua Palmer, son of the founder, who had earned his chiropractic diploma from his father only a few months earlier. The young Dr. Palmer (not yet 21 years of age) grasped the reins as "manager" of his absent father's facility, garnered a loan for the business, and in the next few years returned the institution to profitability.

In 1902 the onset of disagreements over scope of practice ("mixing") and the earliest competition among schools of chiropractic come into view.

Source:  The Official History of Chiropractic in Texas, by Dr. Walter R. Rhodes; 1978;  Texas Chiropractic Association, Austin, TX 78701