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|A sculptor and pioneer dentist, O.H. Simpson moved to Dodge City,
Kansas from Hannibal, Missouri in 1885. Because of the
high-topped, silk hat he wore, he was called the "Dude Dentist from
Missouri" and later "The Cowboy Dentist." |
He became known far and wide and pioneered in many changes in the
dental trade such as studying the mold of the face and taking pride in
making a set of teeth to fit that likeness.
The teeth he made were never quite one's own - the patient paid for
them, but the doctor owned them, and he examined them at will. He
became well known for his technique in designing gold dentures and was
one of the originators of the inlay.
To obtain the gold for their use, Simpson placed twenty dollar gold
pieces on the railroad tracks, and after the Santa Fe Flyer had passed,
a long ribbon of 28 gauge gold was ready for his use.
He lectured far and wide on improved methods of dentistry and ran a column in a French Dental Journal. He was on the Kansas Board of Dental examiners for years, serving as president of that body for twelve years.
In his later years, he modeled and made the Cowboy Statue on
Boot Hill in Tombstone, Arizona; the oxen head, and the grave markers,
as well as a bear, a true reproduction of James (Dog) Kelly's pet beat
Patsy, which stood in the front yard of the Simpson home, 80 First
Avenue, for many years.
He made small frogs and large ones, including an enameled green frog
with glittering red eyes. The latter he called "Mama Frogs" and
with a sly wink, always said before he presented them to a friend, "I
only give these to the ladies I love."
He made baby elephants and larger ones, enameled white, and, when
presenting these gifts, always said he hoped he would not make the
owner poor trying to keep up with the owner of a white elephant.
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Kansas Murals and Commemorative Sculpture, compiled by the Woman’s Kansas Day Club. 1974. Typed Manuscript.; Ford County History, http://www.skyways.org/orgs/fordco/rath2/15.html, accessed July 25, 2006; Sain.
|This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.|
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