Dr. Frederick Marion Brougher, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Brougher, was born June 7, 1857, at Oxford, Mississippi.
He attended medical school in Louisville, Kentucky, but graduated at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. In 1887, after passing the State Board of Examiners, he located at Marks, but later moved to Belen, where he spent his entire life in the practice of medicine.
Coming here in the early days of the county to labor for mankind, he found plenty to do. For many years he rode his "old faithful horse," called "Morgan," over muddy roads and thick overhead growth to relieve the suffering of poor people hither and yon; often not expecting material compensation. Needless to say he endured many difficulties and hardships; in response to a call he would ride away on horseback to follow a trail which had been blazed through canebrakes by the wild animals of the forest. On reaching Coldwater River or Cassidy Bayou, or whatever stream it happened to be, his mount would be abandoned for the time being, and he would cross in a dugout and then walk a long distance to the home of the patient. Then, on his return home, he would send the medicine for the patient and probably pay for it. His creed was to relieve suffering, cure ills, restore health, and to make the world a better and happier place in which to live.
Dr. Brougher was president of the Six-County Medical Association, and served as health officer several terms during these years, but always refused a second consecutive appointment, affirming "that time about was fair play" and that his fellow physicians should have a chance.
For a while he was affiliated with Dr. H. D. Glass and Dr. McDavid in a hospital at Lambert.
In 1893, he was united in marriage with Miss Kate Simpson, daughter of Captain D. H. Simpson, who proudly walked by his side the twenty-seven years allotted them together. Dr. Brougher died of heart trouble in 1920, being survived by his wife and four sons: Fred M. Jr., Theodore, Stuart, and Henry, and one daughter, Kathryne.
Bio provided by Mrs. F. M. Brougher, New Orleans, LA
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