Minnesota “Minnie” Ola Parrish (1880-1965) was twenty-three years old when she submitted her letter. She would write to the Blue Grass Blade again the following year to inquire about a meeting of the National Liberal Party in St. Louis, Missouri. In the letter she states that she will be attending medical school in Missouri at the time of the meeting and asks whether she could have permission to make a speech. Ms. Parrish’s story is interesting in that she had given birth to her first child in 1894, at fourteen years of age, would have her fourth child by the time she was twenty-one, and be divorced soon after.

She did manage to attend medical school, but according to the Standard Blue Book: Texas Edition (1921), she went to the University of Texas and Texas Christian University and not a school in St. Louis. According to the U of T (Galveston) archives, while she was attending medical school, in 1907, she wrote her brother James a postcard, and on the back it said: “When you want to part with your appendix come here we fix them fine.” Ms. Parrish graduated from T.C.U. in 1908. She was the first woman doctor to practice in North Texas. Sadly, her brother and father are both listed as dying on January 9, 1911. Minnie died on December 5, 1965, while visiting her son Roy in San Antonio, Texas. (Death notice in the Celeste Courier of December 10, 1965).

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