Biography of Dr. Mrs. Lombard
Sagadahoc County, Maine Biographies





Mrs. Dr. Lombard, who, with her husband, lived at West Bath at so early a date as 1760, was the first to professionally attend the sick within the region around about Bath. Her specialty was attendance at childbirth in the duties of which she was expert, and, for such in particular, was called from far and near. To be ready for a summons in the night her custom was to be in readiness at a minute's warning, and as she often had to ride on a "pinion" on the horse, behind the man who came after her, she kept her pillion ready at hand. At such times when the man came within hailing distance of her dwelling he would call out loudly, "Granny Lombard! Granny Lombard!" Quick to hear, she would, at the first sound of his voice, leap from her bed, hastily dress, seize her pillion, emerge from the house, and, from a neighboring high rock, mount behind her patron,and speed to her destination. Her "call" ended, she was paid a silver dollar, her regular fee, and conveyed home in the same manner she came.

From:
History of Bath and Environs,
Sagadahoc County, Maine.
1607-1894
BY: Parker McCobb Reed
Lakeside Press, Printers
Portland, Maine, 1894


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