Dr. Charles T. Race biography

CHARLES T. RACE, M. D., practicing along modern and scientific lines, has become recognized as one of the most capable physicians and surgeons of El Paso. A native of Kentucky, he was born August 7, 1851, in Campbell county, about six miles from Cincinnati. He was reared there and in the adjoining county of Kenton, at Covington, and during the period of the Civil war, from 1860 until 1865, he was a student at Davenport, Iowa, pursuing his education there on account of the disorganized condition of the schools in the south. In those days Davenport was entering upon a period of prosperity as a center of the lumber trade on the Mississippi river and incidentally Dr. Race became acquainted with the lumber business during his sojourn in that city. He had in mind, however, the profession of medicine and pursued his studies at three different periods before he was finally graduated and won his degree in the medical department of the University of Louisiana, now Tulane University, in 1882.

Previous to this time Dr. Race had been engaged in the lumber business extensively at Davenport, Iowa, and Louisiana and Hannibal, Missouri, and at Sherman, Texas, remaining at the latter place for two years. He also lived for several years at Uvalde, Texas. In 1883 he came to El Paso, where he has since engaged in the practice of medicine with constantly growing success. For several years, beginning in 1885, he was city physician, his last term in that office continuing from 1898 until 1905. He made a splendid record for his efficiency in warding off epidemics and in keeping the city in splendid condition form a standpoint of public health. He has likewise been accorded a large private practice and is recognized as one of the ablest members of the medical fraternity. Anything that tends to bring to man the key of that complex mystery which we call life elicits his earnest consideration, and he ever maintains a high standard of professional ethics. In the diagnosis of a case he is always careful and his judgment is rarely at fault in the slightest degree. Dr. Race was married at Uvalde, Texas, to Miss Carrie Henning, and they have three children, Edgar Rice, Mrs. Hattie Blumenstiel and Carrie M. H. Race. Dr. Race has attained the Knight Templar degree in Masonry and is also a member of the Mystic Shrine, while in the line of his profession he is connected with various medical societies, whereby he is continually broadening his knowledge and promoting his efficiency.

Source: B. B. Paddock, History and Biographical Record of North and West Texas (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1906), Vol. I, p. 430.