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Early Physicians of Brooksville Mural

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Artist Diane Becker painted the mural to look like sepia-toned photographs. All of the doctors depicted were community leaders, philanthropists, and land holders. Dr. Creekmore started his practice in 1906 and continued practicing until his death at age 90. He was among the founding fathers of Hernando County Hospital in 1925. His office was over what is now Main St. Eatery. Dr. Harvard, son of a doctor, obtained a medical degree in 1930 and worked in the community until his death in 1964. Dr. Sheldon Stringer, Sr. 1834-1903, was a general practitioner, surgeon, and druggist. He was a wonderful speaker and wrote an 80-page speech in 1870 about local education needs. He had an office in what is now the May-Stringer House, where he added a room on for his practice.

Dr. Howell T. Lykes came to Brooksville as a young boy and joined the Confederate army at age 15. Upon his return from the war, he practiced for two years before turning his practice over to his brother-in-law, Dr. Sheldon Stringer, Sr. This freed Dr. Lykes to build the Lykes Brothers dynasty. He had seven sons who continued the shipbuilding, ranching, meat processing, and sugar industries their father had started.
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