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Dr. Sidney Johnston Tabor
1866 - 1959
Cradock's First Physician

Dr. Sidney Tabor was born in Tazewell, Va. He came to Cradock about 1918-19 from Hopewell, Va. His office was in the same building with Kahler’s Grill and Moy’s Laundry. He remained in Cradock until his death at age 93 in 1959. His wife continued to live in Cradock until her death in 1965. The Tabor's had one son, Irving Tabor who married Evelyn Hope Parker in Portsmouth in 1923.

Yes I remember Dr. Tabor. In fact he delivered me and we bought our first house from his wife in 1959 on Aylwin Road.
Betty Jane Deal
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Oh yes I do remember him, matter of fact he delivered me on Worden Place in Cradock....how about that ????

Peggy Deal Reneau
Class of 1955
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After further inquiry to Peggy, received this:
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Janie, yes Betty Jane is my sister, we have another sister and brother but Dr. Tabor did not deliver them.
As I remember it Dr Tabor was very old and his office was in the building, upstairs above the Kahler's Grill.
in 1952-53 my husband played football at CHS, and I remember him telling me the story about all the football players had to run up the stairs to Dr. Tabor's office for physical, then he would check their blood pressure to see if they were ok to play ball....some physical huh ??

Dr Powell was somewhat younger than Dr Tabor but I do not remember all the details, he lived and had his office in a big white house on the corner of Afton Parkway and Aylwin Road.....Dr Tabor actually lived on Afton Parkway too but I'm not sure of the location. There were two other doctors that came later, Dr Schlanger (sp) and Dr. Hargrove. Dr. Schlanger moved out of the country when he retired as best I can remember, he had a little brick house on the corner of Afton and Harris Rd near Cradock Baptist Church. Dr. Hargrove used a store front bldg on Afton Pkwy for his practice but lived in Cradock, I think he and Dr. Powell both practiced until their death.

This information is just from what I can remember about the doctors in Cradock, might have been more but this is what I can recall......I was treated by both Dr. Tabor and Dr. Powell.

Peggy D. Reneau
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Yes, I do remember Dr. Tabor; I delivered the Portsmouth Star to his home from 1947 thru 1951 at his Afton Pkwy. home.
I thought his office was between Kahler Grill and the Chinese Restaurant. I remember it was on the second floor and some of us used to go up and talk to him. He did the physicals for Cradock High for those playing sports. He was a really nice man that would listen to the kids.
Donald Becker ('52)
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Dr. Tabor was mentioned in the Southern Journal of Medicine in 1922, and is in Cradock. He must have been one of the first residents of Cradock founded in 1919. 
Bernie Kirsch
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In the early fifties, Dr. Tabor's in-office human anatomy book was borrowed (unbeknownst to Dr. Tabor) by some young Cradock boys eager to ogle the anatomy illustrations. They sequestered the purloined book in the Lee Hall Woods (they were afraid to take it home) where it was hungrily reviewed by their young pals in the neighborhood. Everyone remembers Dr. Tabor as being very old when they knew of him (he was born in 1866) and a very courtly gentleman.
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Very interesting. I haven't seen the info on Dr. Tabor but I grew up in a house that Dr. Tabor lived in at 14 Afton Parkway. My mother and father bought our house from Dr. Tabor and he then moved to the house on the corner of Afton and Bainbridge (I think) We moved there in 1943 (I think).
Carolyn Barnette
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I remember him well. He was the doctor we used for football physicals in the 6TH and 7TH grade (’51-‘53.) His office was located above the florist down from Kaylor’s Grill.
Johnny
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Thank you all for your memories.


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