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John P.Smallwood attended Horner’s School in Oxford, Granville Co., NC.He then studied one year at the University of Virginia.
17 Mar 1885- Smallwood received his medical degree from the University of
1887 Maryland.He then took a postgraduate course at New York Polyclinic, Bellevue Hospital, and United States Marine Service Hospital, and began his practice of medicine in North Carolina.
1887-1889 He served as the surgeon on the S.S.Obdam of the Netherlands line.
1889-1894 He practiced medicine in Cobern, VA.
1894-1901 He became the Medical Inspector for the Equitable Life Assurance Society and visited Canada and every state in the United States.
1901/1902 The Smallwoods moved to Falls Church, Virginia. Apparently their journey was up the Shenandoah Valley.In Leesburg, Dr.Smallwood purchased a piece of property at an auction.
When they arrived in Falls Church, the couple purchased a large frame house which had just been built by Jonathan Klock on 20 acres on Idylwood Road.
1918 Dr.Smallwood finished construction of a house at 313 Lincoln Avenue in Falls Church, built from plans which he had obtained in California.
An interview with Dr.Smallwood’s second wife, Penelope Brown Smallwood, in December, 1975, gives details concerning the Smallwood home, its location and Dr.Smallwood:
He was one of the early horse and buggy doctors and was available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.People frequently came to him in the middle of the night seeking help they knew they would get....The [house] plans included the house, barn, and his doctor’s office in the front yard.All three buildings have stained shingle siding with green trim.‘Green Gables’ was the name it was given.
Dr.Smallwood chose the site for his house on Lincoln Avenue for his own convenience but mostly for the convenience of his patients, who could reach him by the trolley all the way from Washington or Fairfax.The cars would stop whenever anyone wanted off or on.In bad weather they could wait in the tiny waiting room of his office, while in good weather they could sit on the bench outside and visit in the sunshine.The tracks were no more that 40-50 feet away.
‘Green Gables’ was also the name of the trolley stop which was embodied in a small wooden shelter perhaps 6 feet by 10 feet....The barn had a place for a sled and buggy, a large square stall for a horse and an attached open shed on the back....
Dr.Smallwood used his horse and buggy (or sleigh) until about 1920.He [then] used his first car, a Packard, on his rounds, though he previously had an electric car which he kept in Washington and drove only on special occasions.
A neighbor of the Smallwoods on Idylwood Road remembered the following:
I believe Mrs.Smallwood (the first) was older than Dr.Smallwood.She had some very odd characteristics, and almost never did a visitor get into the house.I don’t know how it was with patients who came to the house on Idylwood.On Lincoln Avenue, he had a little detached office in the yard, so they didn’t have to come to the house.Dr.Smallwood was the only doctor in the area and was worked to death.
Dr.Smallwood’s obituary says of him( The Sun-Arlington, VA, undated, Virginia Room, Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church,
Although he had been in ill health, Dr.Smallwood saw patients until the day of his death.He was much beloved in Falls Church and a friend said in speaking of his passing, ‘A mighty oak of service has fallen in humanity’s forest.