Special to the Index

BRECKENRIDGE, Texas – The Breckenridge Library, Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce and the Friends of Historic Breckenridge are sponsoring a program entitled “The Milling Brothers, Mystic Healers” by Gene Fowler to be performed in the historic Breckenridge National Theater on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m. in the afternoon.

This program is the third in a series of historic programs provided by grants from Humanities Texas to the Breckenridge Library. The first program last April was the “Orphan Train;” the second was the “Border Radio Stations” presented in December at the library.

From Mineral Wells, take U.S. Highway 180 west past Palo Pinto to Breckenridge. The theater is located at 105 East Walker St. U.S. 180 is named East Walker Street as you enter Breckenridge, and the theater will be on the right just before you reach the intersection of U.S. Highway 183 (Breckenridge Avenue) in the heart of downtown.

Fowler has researched the Milling Brothers – magnetic healers and mystic healers – and the magic water cures found all over the State of Texas from the late 19th Century until the late 1930s. Several area cities figure prominently in the “crazy water”-healing era. Breckenridge, Graham, Eliasville, Gunsight, Gordon, Necessity, Stovall Hot Wells, Mineral Wells, Wizard Wells, Thurber, Abilene and Cisco are just a few.

The colorful characters described by Fowler provide an entertaining trip through the mystical medical history of this area and the issues facing a booming population with few real doctors.

One of the Milling brothers was sometimes referred to as the “Indian adept” and one of the brothers was tried for practicing medicine without a license in Stephens County.

To hear the fascinating stories behind these two facts and the history behind the healing water clinics in the area as well as many others, plan to attend the program.

“If you don’t know about the real traveling medicine shows or if you have forgotten about them, Mr. Fowler can enlighten you about them,” said Judy Credicott, Brekenridge Public Library director. “You will leave laughing and much more informed about the history of this area. These pieces of local history won’t be found in textbooks and yet it is the kind of historical information most people find fascinating and entertaining. After the program, Mr. Fowler will answer questions and invite the audience to share memories about these characters and events.”

Join Fowler for this program and see just how much progress has been made in the refurbishment and renovation of the historical National Theater. The Breckenridge Library, Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce and the Friends of Historic Breckenridge are providing this program free to the public as a thank you for supporting the projects and programs that have been provided by these groups this past year.

For questions, call the Breckenridge Library at (254) 559-5505.

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