Dr. Colonel G. Mackey
11920, Sep 1 - Our New Doctor
The successor of Dr. Parker, Dr. C. G. Mackey, is now in possession of the former's offices and
Until the removal of the Parker family to South Bend Dr. and Mrs. Mackey will make their home
with Mrs. Mackey's parents Mr. and Mrs. Fifield on the former Scheuerman farm south of town.
Mr. Mackey is a native of our neighboring city of Rochester and enlisted in the service there in base
hospital 118 in the service of which he had eight month's experience.
Dr. C. G. Mackey was giving a patient encouraging news in one of his offices in the K. of P. Building as
the Citizen photographer snapped this picture.
He opened his practise here in 1920 shortly after his return from overseas duty with the medical corps during
the World War. He was in the army a little over a year.
He was born in Rochseter and was graduated from high school there, but he feels no obligation to root for his
alma mater when Culver and Rochester mix in basketball.
Dr. Mackey secured his A.B. and M.D. degrees from Indiana University, and practised medicine in Whiting until
he entered the war that was to end all wars. Twelve years ago he spent several months in New York taking
post-graduate course in eye, ear, nose and throat.
Dr. Mackey has served the community as a very successful president of the Chamber of Commerce, is now a
member of the town board, has held various offices in the American Legion, and was a charter member and
first president of the Macinkuckee Fish and Game Club.
He has had two big thrills that he will probably never foget - when he became invovled with the bank robbers a
few years ago and when he caught the fish in Minnesota in 1932 that won the second International Prize. He
has a handsom medicine bag, a gift of the insurance company, to show for the first affair and a picture to prove
the latter. Knowing Dr. Mackey's love for fishing, it is safe to say the landing of the husky fish ranks as he greatest
thrill. Conservation work is his main hobby.
January 12, 1955 — Dr. C. G. Mackey, veteran Culver physician and Surgeon who has practiced medicine here since
1920, assumes his new duties Monday as ward surgeon in the Norman M. Beatty Memorial Hospital at Westville, Ind
January 19, 1955—Dr. C. 0. Mackey will assume his duties as ward surgeon on Feb. 1 at the Logansport State
Dr. C. G. Mackey, Former Culver Physician, Dies
Dr. Colonel G. Mackey, age 74, well-known former Culver physician, died at 4:35 a.m. Wednesday
morning at Memorial Hospital in Logansport where he had been a patient since Jan. 31 when he suffered
a broken left hip.
Surviving are a son, Dr. Colonel Mackey of Rensselaer; a daughter, Mrs. Alice Besis Jacobsen of
Newport News, Va.; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held in Culver, but arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Funeral Services Held Friday For Dr. C. G. Mackey
Funeral services for Colonel G. Mackey, M. D., a former Culver physician for 35 years, were conducted
at 2 p.m. Friday, March 19, at the Easterday-Bonine Funeral Home with Rev. Roy L . Fisher, Chaplain
of the Logansport State Hospital, officiating.
Doctor Mackey, 74, died at 4:15 a.m. Wednesday, March 17, at the Memorial Hospital in Logansport
following an illness of seven weeks.
He was born May 27, 1890, at Rochester, Ind., where he lived until entering Indiana University
aind the Indiana Medical School. He practiced medicine in Whiting, Ind. for several years before
serving in the Medical Corps in World War I.
In 1920 Dr. Mackey moved to Culver and practised medicine here until 1955 when he accepted
a position as physician at the State Hospital in Logansport.
He was married June 21, 1917, to Alice M. Fifield who preceded him; in death on May 7, 1945. In
1940, he married Lora Pflaught who died in 1963.
A former Marshall County Coroner, Doctor Mackey was a member of the Grace United Church of
Christ in Culver, the Henry H Culver Lodge 617, F. and A. M., the W. A. Fleet American Legion
Post, American Medical Association, and a senior member of the Indiana State Medical Association.
Surviving are a son, Dr. Colonel F. Mackey, Rensselaer; a daughter, Mrs. Alice Besse Jacobsen,
Newport News, Va.; a stepson, Bernard Dillard, Plymouth; a step-daughter, Mrs. Norma L .
Swanson, Alpha, Ill.; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Hoffman, Rochester; and Mrs. Charlotte Palmer, Leiters
Ford; and seven grandchildren.
Burial was made in the Culver Masonic Cemetery with the Fleet American Legion Post conducting
An interesting story about Dr. Mackey's unusual name of "Colonel" has been brought to the attention
of The Citizen by Col. H. W. Walmer. It seems that Doctor Mackey was given this name because
his father, who was a Civil War veteran, greatly admired his Colonel in the army and wanted
to name his son, after him. However, instead of naming his son by the given name of his superior officer
he called him, Colonel.
During World War I Doctor Mackey served overseas as a First Lieutenant in the Medical Corps
and wasi quartered with a friend, 1st Lt. Fred Metz, also a doctor.
When they signed in, Doctor Mackey's signature, Lt. Colonel G. Mackey, resulted in the two doctors
getting the quarters of a Lieutenant Colonel rather than those of a First Lieutenant.
In relating this story to Mrs. Effie Shafer of near Letters Ford, Colonel Walimer was informed by
her that She was the first baby delivered by Doctor Mackey in this vicinity.
Another interesting incident in the life of Doctor Mackey happened many years ago when he
was named, "U. S. Fishing Champion of the Year," and received national publicity regarding the
catch he made on one of his northern fishing trips.