WOMAN PRACTICED MEDICINE 40 YEARS
Many thanks and appreciation to Esther
Rancier for contributing this information. Esther is researching in
Richland and Mexico the Soul/Soule, Brace
and Daniel P. Smith families, and would appreciate hearing from
anyone researching these surnames.
*As always, for further information on any of the names, please contact the local Historical Societies and/or Town Historians.
Harriet Rundell, whose popularity in Mexico during her long useful life prompted everybody to call her "Auntie", was a woman of more than ordinary endowments. For forty years she practiced medicine driving her own horse all through the country hereabouts in all kinds of weather. She never attended medical school but "picked up" what knowledge she possessed and she was quite successful. Her husband, W.W. Rundell, was a Methodist clergyman who finally practiced medicine.
Harriet was liberal to the poor and popular with everybody - the village favorite. She was by far the most representative, best known and most active of Mexico woman in all social and church matters. Very earnest in her support of the Methodist Church she at the time of her death left her large, handsome house to the society for the parsonage.
SOURCE: "Grips" Historical Souvenir of Mexico, N.Y.  p.37.
2001 Esther Rancier