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Crown Point patriarch retires

CROWN POINT Nelson Hyatt a soldier, farmer, community leader and health-care professional for seven decades has decided to retire. The Crown Point doctor of chiropractic medicine has retired after serving the public more than 62 years. I didnt want to retire but my license was up for renewal and I didnt feel like renewing it, stated the 89-year-old Hyatt. He has lived a storybook life, shared with his wife, Alice, the past 60 years. I graduated in 1939 from the Texas Chiropractic College in San Antonio, Texas, said Hyatt. But I waited for two years for the military to take me, which they did, and I didnt begin practicing until 1946. Hyatts induction into the Army placed him in the Field Artillery unit at Fort Ethan Allen in Essex Junction for two years where he did some training with the 155 Howitzer guns. We went to Pine Camp, Fort Devins, Mass., for practice and maneuvers in North Carolina, smiled Hyatt. Hyatt was shipped to France and landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy two days after the invasion on June 8, 1944. I was with most of the same soldiers the whole five years, Hyatt said. Hyatt spent three months at Fort Benjamin Harrison after the war (WWII) and transferred to the 186th field artillery. Hyatt decided to return to college after the war and attended Lincoln Chiropractic College for one year in Indianapolis. On Nov. 1, 1946, he opened his chiropractic office in Ticonderoga. Hyatt attributes his early beginnings in Ticonderoga to Dr. Gage who had moved to Crown Point some years ago. Dr. Gage is the father of Pearl McMurtry of Crown Point. Dr. Gage turned over his patients to me and his office so that helped me to get started, said Hyatt. Soon after opening his business, Hyatt began caring for Alice, now his wife, who was suffering from Bells Paulsey, a unilateral facial paralysis of sudden onset and unknown cause. I worked with her every day for the first week and treated her for three weeks, stated Hyatt. I concentrated on the spine as the nerves from the spine go to the face. Within three weeks Alice was cured and on Dec. 11, 1947, Hyatt took Alice for his bride and lifelong companion. Hyatt made house calls to patients two days a week, going south on Tuesdays and north on Thursdays. I was working at Schroon Manor one day and I got a call from the Word of Life asking me to come over to take care of Rev. Billy Graham, beamed Hyatt. He had been playing golf and had threw out his sacroiliac. Hyatt confessed to treating famous local hero and baseball player Johnny Podres as well. I treated doctors and nurses during those early years, too, smiled Hyatt. Hyatt, known also for his green thumb, down sized his gardens in 2007 because of two knee replacements. I had gardens for over 50 years and everyone knew us and relied on us for corn and other vegetables, reminisced Hyatt. When we first moved to Crown Point, the neighbors told us we had very good soil in which to raise vegetables and was later encouraged by one neighbor to grow extra corn and he would take it to all the stores and sell it, to which I agreed, stated Hyatt. I grew an abundance of corn and when it was ready to be harvested, the guy died while working in his garden and I had a huge amount of corn to deal with, Hyatt stated. While driving to patient's houses two days a week, Hyatt filled grain bags with 100 ears of corn each to sell to the stores along his route of travel. I really liked doing it and delivered the corn for enjoyment, laughed Hyatt. Hyatt was also a community leader, serving two terms as Crown Point town supervisor. I enjoyed the position and learned a lot, said Hyatt. Hyatt and Alice have five children who have been caring and supportive children throughout their years together. Kathy, who lives in Georgia, Eileen and her son who live in Oswego, and Stephen who lives in Pennsylvania all keep in close touch even though they are miles apart. Stanley lives at home with the Hyatts and Elaine and her husband Don and children live next door. Its wonderful to have them so close, stated Alice. Hyatt plans to have a garden this year on about a half acre of land. Whatever we cant use up, well still put out by the road for self service, stated Alice. Hyatt attributes their longevity and excellent health to happiness. Amazingly mobile and content, the two-some still hold hands. Were still in love as much today as we were when we met, smiled Hyatt. Alice nodded her head in support of his statement.

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