The banana appeared in the PICTURE SECTION* (see tab) a few days back. A reader sent a note challenging the logic behind this banana. The challenge was responded to in the current "What Matters" section because it matters.
An obvious question would be why is the title of this post "The Best Story about You" when I am going to be making comments about this book"?
In our family we have Great Great Grandma Ruth who lived at the time of Doctor Ellis Kackley. She and her family likely was treated or perhaps worked with him.
We have read all that we can find about her and her life. She had been adopted by a well known man of her time. Ruth was a young Ute Indian girl. She adopted the ways of the white people and often wondered why she never had a birthday, so her father told her (in her ninth year) she could have his birthday.
Ruth grew up and was the mother of ten children. She worked helping those in need and also went as doctor and nurse to every home where sickness prevailed.
We don't know if Great Great Grandma Ruth worked directly with Dr. Kackley, but the towns and the dates match perfectly. Dr. Kackley lived in Soda Springs Idaho and helped those in the small towns in that part of Southeastern Idaho. He was a doctor for Butch Cassidy on a few occasions
Many of the towns had both good, and not so good, folks. Gambling halls, saloons, and many early Mormon Pioneers all lived on opposite sides of these towns. It was really the old west.
Reading this book gives us an overview of what she must have dealt with. Her story is part of our own family story.
Dr. Ellis Kackley was instrumental in the construction of the Caribou County Hospital in Soda Springs Idaho. With a $30,000 bond and his $3,000 donation the 30 bed hospital opened it's doors on December 1, 1925. He and his son, Dr. Evan Kackley donated much of the medical equipment. The hospital served the county until 1969 when the new Caribou Memorial Hospital opened.