Three generations of Boltons at “Bolton Place” in Yerrinbool,
New South Wales, Australia, all of whom became chiropractors
(11 in all at this gathering).
When Stanley Bolton, D.C., Davenport ’48, was four years old, he
contracted poliomyelitis (then called “infantile paralysis”) and suffered
from a high temperature, vomiting, hallucinations and the inability
to walk. Doctor after doctor was brought in to treat him and nurses
were hired to be with him night and day. His parents, Stanley W. and
Mariette G. Bolton, were frightened that their son would die, or at
the very least be physically impaired for the rest of his life.
“At that point, my father recalled that as a young lad in Canada he
had suffered from kidney stones, which the local chiropractor—a
Palmer graduate—had successfully treated,” says Dr. Bolton. “They
telegraphed the Palmer School, seeking the name of a nearby chiropractor.
Dr. Calabrese in Strathroy, Ontario, was the name suggested.”
After three days of spinal adjustments, young Stanley’s temperature
began to fall. A few days later, he took a few faltering steps and
what seemed like a miracle cure began.
“That event led my parents to pack up the family, move from Detroit
to Davenport, Iowa, and become chiropractors,” adds Dr. Bolton,
whose father was a Fuller Brush salesman at the time.
Their three children were told, in no uncertain terms, that their
education was not complete until they, too, studied chiropractic.
Inevitably they met and married chiropractors, and the
generations expanded with both chiropractic insights
“At one time there were some 23 qualified chiropractors
in our immediate families. I’m now retired at 82 and have
lived in Australia most of that time. Countless numbers
of ordinary people, particularly ‘Down Under,’ have benefited
from the wonders of chiropractic.”