Dr. Fred Dexter Haston, M.D.
How many men or women are prominent enough to have a 700-word article about them in a history book of the state they lived in for 20 years or so? One Great-Great Grandson of Daniel Haston did! Several years ago, even before I began researching my Haston family, I happened to land on his story in a dusty old book in the main library at the University of Tennessee. I was impressed but confused! Who was this Fred Dexter Haston? I had grown up in White County, Tennessee with a boy (then later, young man) with that very same name. And I assumed that my friend, Dexter Haston, was a “junior” because his father’s commonly-given name was F.D. Haston. But I had no idea that they were namesakes of a Dr. Fred Dexter Haston who was a medical doctor who practiced medicine in a very challenging part of southeastern Kentucky–the coal fields, before moving on to more typical medical practices elsewhere.
I will use the text of the History of Kentucky article as the framework for the first four decades of his life. But first, I will show you Dr. Fred Dexter Haston’s lineage back to Daniel Haston, the first American-born patriarch in our male Haston (Hiestand) line.
Family Line Back to Daniel Haston
His Early Years in Van Buren County and White County, TN
Born November 15, 1881
Marriage to Netta Pearl Brown
May 18, 1906
I assume (only an assumption) that Fred Dexter Haston and Netta Pearl Brown probably met as students at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. They were married a year before his final year of medical school.
Medical School at the University of Tennessee
Two Decades in Kentucky
Bell County, KY
After graduating from Medical School at the University of Tennessee in 1907, Doctor Fred Haston moved to the coal mining area of Eastern Kentucky. For eight years he worked in Arjay (Bell County), Kentucky as an industrial physician. He was employed by the Continental Coal Corporation, and perhaps a different company prior to 1912.
Bell Mine of the Continental Coal Corporation – Arjay community – Bell County, KY – 1912-1915 – 450 employees
Fred and Pearl’s daughter was two years old at the time of the 1910 census and she was born in Kentucky. So, apparently, the family moved to Bell County, Kentucky soon after his 1907 graduation from the University of Tennessee Medical School.
The Hartford Herald – August 16, 1911 – Hartford, KY
McAfee of Mercer County, KY
After the coal company that employed him went bankrupt, in March 1916 he moved to McAfee in Mercer County, KY, and took over a private practice from a retired physician.
September 27, 1919 – Danville Daily Messenger (Danville, KY)
Danville of Boyle County, KY
Late in 1919, Dr. Haston moved his family and practice to Danville in Boyle County, KY, but apparently only lived and practice there for a very short time. He bought back the home he had sold in McAfee (Mercer County) and returned there in March of 1920 to reestablish his medical practice in McAfee.
December 2, 1919 – Danville Daily Messenger (Danville, KY)
As of January 2, 1920, the F.D. Haston family was still living in the city of Danville, KY in Boyle County. Fred was, as to be expected, a physician.
February 11, 1920 – Danville Daily Messenger (Danville, KY)
March 6, 1920 – Danville Daily Messenger (Danville, KY)
Back in McAfee of Mercer County, KY
1922 Book Published
After only 15 years out of medical school, Dr. Haston’s life and medical practice to that point were notable enough to be recorded in the History of Kentucky.
September 13, 1925 – The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY – December 11, 1926
The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY – March 27, 1927
In Jasper, Alabama - His Final Five Years
The Birmingham News – Birmingham, AL – September 19, 1929
1930 Census - Walker County, AL
The Birmingham News – Birmingham, AL
December 20, 1931
The Birmingham News – Birmingham, AL
August 31, 1932