1876 - 1947 (70 years)
||Guy Tisch Greene |
||1 Nov 1876
||Cherry Valley, Ashtabula County, Ohio, USA
||8 Sep 1947
||Summit Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA
- cause of death: coronary thrombosis
- from the records of the Thurman M. Houghton Funeral Home:
BONE AND MUSCULAR SPECIALIST SUCCUMBS AFTER HEART ATTACK
by Peggy Laley
Tribune Newspapers Staff Writer
Guy T. Greene, 70, the man whose name is surrounded by hundreds of stories of bone and muscular cures the country over, died suddenly from a heart attack at 9:20 p.m. yesterday at The Pines - his home in Summit Township near Linesville.
His death was a grim cancellation of the estimated 1,200 appointments with people from all over the United States he had lined up ahead of him in the next four weeks.
In spite of a heart condition he had in recent years, "Doc" Greene remained active - even was increasingly active in his work, and now as for many years past had appointments booked a month ahead.
Great names in the baseball world were associated with the unassuming Lineville "doc's." Dizzy Dean, when he was with St. Louis Cardinals, came to Linesville for treatment to his pitching arm in the late 1930s. Lynwood (Schoolboy) Rowe, then with Detroit, was another of Greene's patients. Paul Waner, Pittsburgh Pirate outfielder, Pittsburgh Pitcher Remy Kremer and other Pittsburgh and Cleveland Indian baseball greats, visited the small, crowded office for treatment.
Long before Pymatuning development was much considered, "Doc" Greene was the man who put Linesville on the map. Because of him and his patients from every one of the 48 states, Linesville hotels did a booming business.
His death last night came after he had returned from a short trip. He was with his wife, the former Reba Brown, in the kitchen of their home when he was stricken. He died almost immediately after.
Besides his widow, his survivors include a son, William H. Greene, and three grandchildren, William Thomas, John Edward and Guy Dennis Greene.
Guy Greene, himself, was the only man in Linesville who refused to use "doc" or "doctor" in front of his name. A sign in his office on Pine Street, Linesville, gave flat instructions that he wasn't to be known as doctor, but nobody followed them.
Nobody ever did learn Doc Greene's methods. As close as his family and associates could figure out, his technique was "pure instinct." He never studied the subject, he never analyzed it, and he never diagnosed a case.
On the whole, Doc Greene was more amused than surprised by his mysterious talent that made out-of-state license plates a common sight in the small western-county borough.
Oft-told stories of what he could do broke out afresh last night when news of his death went around. Dr. Rolf E. Lindhe, mechanotherapist, who was associated with Greene since 1929, had two cures right in his own family.
"Doc was dancing with my mother one time and almost without her knowing it, he fixed a shoulder that had been bothering her." Another time, Greene was eating with the Lindhes when he noticed a small bump on the doctor's wife's hand. Then and there, he fixed the hand that had been bothering Mrs. Lindhe for some time.
Then there was the Linesville man who walked into Greene's on his 80th birthday, after 40 years in which he never could turn his head. He went in for some other kind of trouble, walked out with the other trouble and the dislocated neck both fixed. . . There was the wealthy crippled lawyer from Pittsburgh who went away exclaiming: "I've been to the best specialists in the United States, and I come in here to a farmer boy and he fixes me up!"
There are hundreds more of them - stories by awestruck patients who claimed complete cure at the hands of the big jovial man - that made him almost a legendary figure.
Dr. Lindhe thinks the most amazing thing about Greene was the fact that "he never had to ask a question of a patient - he just seemed to have an instinct to locate the trouble without hesitancy." Because of his lack of medical education, he had no set fee, but Dr. Lindhe has seen grateful patients hand over $50 for a few minutes' treatment.
Greene was undecided for a long time whether he should go into his curing work or stay on with the Pennsylvania Railroad as its Linesville freight agent. Finally in 1916, he set up the present office after practicing for a time in his home.
A man named Adolphus Oates, who worked in the AB Griffith and Son wholesale establishment, probably was Greene's first regular patient.
"Dolphy Oates," recalls HD Lowing of Linesville, "used to get Greene to fix him up." Those days, Lowing remembers, Greene had to go home after the first train to milk his cow.
The early patients were treated in the freight warehouse of the Pennsy depot. Railroad men and travelers came in, Greene would take them into the warehouse and work on them. But finally his therapy got to the point where he either had to quit the railroad or his therapy.
Born in Cherry Valley, Ohio, November 1, 1876, Greene went to school in Michigan and came to Linesville around the turn of the century as a physical culture teacher. He and Hugh Fry - still living in Linesville - worked together, Greene teaching physical culture, and Fry teaching music. In between his teaching and railroad experiences, Greene was in the grocery business with an uncle.
The only hobby he had was horse trading. He prided himself on being a good horsetrader up until the last two or three years.
"Any patient who came in and knew anything about horses, got an extra long treatment," according to Dr. Lindhe.
Even by 1921, Doc Greene's fame had spread enough that Lindhe had heard of him down in Florida and came up to study his work.
His interests chiefly centered around his home, his patients and his horses, but for a time Greene served as a director of the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Linesville, and he was a member of these Masonic organizations: Pine Lodge 498 F&AM of Linesville, Northwestern Commandery of Meadville, New Castle Consistory and Zem Zem Shrine of Erie.
Funeral arrangements which are not complete, are under direction of the Maryott Funeral Home, Linesville.
||Pennsylvania Death Certificate
Guy Tisch Greene
||12 Sep 1947
||Linesville Cemetery, Linesville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA
- Section Y, Lot 1, Grave 7
||Greene, Guy Tisch
Plot: Section Y, Lot 1, Grave 7
||28 May 2016 |
||John Jay Greene, b. 10 May 1851, d. 8 May 1925 (Age 73 years) |
||Malinda Jane Tisch, b. 1 Apr 1855, Strongsville, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA , d. 26 Jul 1943, Lenox, Ashtabula County, Ohio, USA (Age 88 years) |
||Reba M. Brown, b. 5 Nov 1883, Linesville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA , d. 12 Nov 1975, Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA (Age 92 years) |
||28 Jun 1904
||Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA
- from a scrapbook at the Linesville Historical Society:
The marriage of Miss Reba, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. WD Brown, of this place, and Mr. Guy Greene, of Goshen, Indiana, took place June 28, 1904, at 2 o'clock p.m., 'Squire DW Lockhart, of Meadville, officiating. The bride and groom are attended by best wishes and congratulations of acquaintances and friends.
||28 May 2016 |