Written by Chris Dalrymple, DC   
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 08:10 AM

In 1911 it was reported by the San Antonio Light that the first chiropractic college in Texas was chartered by the state in April 1910.  In 1911 the Texas State Journal of Medicine reports that it was opened with about forty enrolling.   "Dr. J. N. Stone, a San Antonio chiropractor and one of the oldest workers in this field, is president of the new institution.  Dr. J. H. Triece is dean of the college. … Besides the officers of the institution who will assist in teaching, a faculty of four has been appointed. This will be increased according to the enrollment of students. The other officers of the college are Dr. A. S. Hawley first vice president; Dr. G. E. Harley second vice president, and George Jones, secretary.”  The Medical Journal continues "The course of study embraces 36 subjects and two and one half years of study without a vacation period will be required of the students before the degree of doctor of chiropractic will be conferred. This is equivalent to four years with the usual vacation. In the event the rooms in the Central Office Building prove too small permission has been obtained by Dr Stone to use the lecture halls of a business college here."



Dr. J. N. Stone continues to advertise his practice in the Conroy Building in 1911.

In the spring of 1911, in Scott City, Iowa, Dr. I. B. Hall was among the first chiropractic doctors tried.  James R. Drain was first introduced to chiropractic and B. J. Palmer during this sensational trial for the unlicensed practice of medicine.  The case brought B.J. Palmer, Lee W. Edwards, M.D., D.C., Harvard medical graduate Alfred Walton, M.D., D.C. and counsel for the UCA, Tom Morris, to the small Kansas municipality and county seat.

Drain's primary reason for electing to study chiropractic was to aid his sister, Mage, who was afflicted with spastic paralysis secondary to cerebral palsy. However, he also recalled later that "I attended the trial, and it was the damnable persecution that caused me to study Chiropractic." He began his studies at the PSC in September, 1911 and graduated at the age of twenty-one in May, 1912 after nine months of training. In later years he noted that he had taken thirteen lessons from D.D. Palmer, presumably in Davenport sometime during 1911-13; the Founder, he related, "taught me to find 'it,' any joint of the body, adjust 'it' and then leave it alone."

A. A. Davenport, D.C., a future recipient of the Keeler Plaque, was born in Ranger, Texas, August 19, 1911.

Sources:  Texas State Journal of Medicine, Volume 11

Stone advertisement