I wasn't blessed with "diamonds set in granite" teeth as were my Dad and Sister. During our ten-year stay in Mountain Home I got to know the inside of Johnny B's clinic pretty well. He first started working on me in 1955 when he had a belt-driven drill (sounds like that still set my teeth on edge, so to speak) and then he got the newer drill with the water spray to lubricate it. After we moved, I went to a succession of dentists none of whom, except for one I found a couple of years ago, could hold a candle to Johnny B. Every one of them took one look at Johnny's work, raved about it, and wanted to know who he was. One of them told me Dr. B. could have made a fortune someplace like Hollywood, but he wisely stayed put out there in God's country. He once showed me a carving he was required to do in dental school - a wooden cage with a wooden ball inside connected to a wooden chain, all carved from a single block of wood. It was perfectly carved, a real work of art.
Johnny B., Of course. I was one of those "cavity prone" kids so I spent a lot of time on the wrong end of Johnny B's drill. He took good care of me from my first check-up in 1949 through the late 70's. After we moved to Boise I still drove over to Mtn. Home to see Dr. B and even brought a couple kids along most of the time. Eventually we had to move to a Boise dentist, but I've never had the confidence or the comfort that we had for years with Dr. B.
And Dr. Koelsch, of course. He was the traditional ol' fatherly, wise doctor who made you feel totally confident in his expertise. He was our family doctor for 30 years. After moving to Boise I never did get set up with a "family" doctor again..I just run over to the Doc-in-a-Box if needed. I'm sure there will never be any doctors like Malone again, it's the system, they are forced to run us through as fast as they can.
Our whole family went to Dr.B'S. I don't remember having any other dentist besides him until I moved away.
A number of years ago, Carol and I saw him at Wendy's in Boise. We went up to him to say hello. He called us by name as we approached - After all those years had passed. I thought it was amazing.
I only went to Dr. Koelsch once when I was in 3rd grade. We always went to the base and took whoever was there.
I'm beginning to feel like my family was snookered into having two of the most unknown/unpopular doctors in town. Hmmmmmmmmm.
I don't think they were necessarily unknown or unpopular, it's just that Koelsch & Dr. B were there first and had a head start on anyone else. Of course they stayed in first place because they were darn good!
Both Dr. Reed Cutler and Dr. B were excellent. My family went to both. The Cutlers moved into the house behind us in the 60's. Their children were Brad and Vicki. The family grew to include Wayne, Eric, and Jennifer. They all attended Mtn.Home schools. Maybe you remember them. My mom worked for Dr. Cutler as an assistant for a few years in the 70's.
We moved the spring of 1967 but it's good to know someone knew our dentist. :-) My first pair of glasses were in 4th grade. I recall the ride home and being in awe at all the signs I could suddenly read. Sheesh, I was practically blind!
I think my optomotrist was somebody named, ummmm, something like Dr. Bartholamew? Am I close? It's been awhile.
The name of the eye doctor was Borgelthaus (spelling is wrong) The Cutlers and Borgelthaus were good friends.
Bingo! Borgelthaus it was. He prescribed my very first pair of glasses just before my 4th-grade year, 1966-67. Thanks so much.