Monday, August 6, 2018

Milliron Monday: The Hidden Mural 8 6 18

An early Milliron Monday and thinking of Dr. Smith. There’s nothing like a noise in the house to wake you at 3:33 AM (sigh). So, I’m awake early, wide awake, and contemplating Milliron Monday, and Monday in general (I'm off to the Athens County Fair!). Continuing Dr. Pete Smith’s legacy, and revisiting his 2017 biography, Milliron: Abbott “Pete” Smith, D.V.M. The Biography, where I start with Chapter 1, Strong Bow, writing of Pete’s birth and his beginnings.

All of his life, Pete was inspired by artistic creativity; his Grandmother and Mother were accomplished artists. Living in Freeport, Maine, on Wolfe’s Neck Farm, which is now Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Pete had the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and country life. In the Maine farmhouse, his mother, Betty, painted a mural on the farmhouse wall. Later, the mural was covered with plywood. Years later, when the farmhouse was renovated, artist Linda Swanson was commissioned to bring the mural back to it’s original grandeur. The subject of a local newspaper headline, the mural can now be seen by the public.

Next Monday, I will share original art by Pete’s mother, Betty. Pete’s biography, Milliron, was launched in 2017 at the former Milliron Clinic, Athens, Ohio. Pete, a pioneer veterinarian and an icon in southeastern Ohio for many years, lived his life with gusto. 

Read more about Pete in his biography, available from AmazonBarnes & Noble, or locally at Little Professor Book Center, Athens, Ohio. If you have a copy, write a review. Books do not have to be purchased online to write a review.

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If you have a story to tell about Dr. Smith, please send to to be included in Tails of a Country Vet Volume II !

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Through captivating, powerful, and emotional anecdotes, we celebrate the life of Dr. Abbott P. Smith. His biography takes the reader from smiles to laughter to empathy and tears. Dr. Smith gave to us compelling lessons learned from animals; the role animals play in the human condition, the joy of loving an animal, and the awe of their spirituality. A tender and profound look into the life of a skilled and pioneer veterinarian.

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