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AUCTION & ESTATE SALES
(Real Estate @ 1:00 P.M.)
On-site International Estate Auction
The 80 acre estate of
former NC Statesman
Dr. John Reeves
October 29th, 2016
Session #1 Discovery Auction
Session #2 International On-Site Catalog Auction
2101 Country Club Road
Preview On-Site Friday, October 28th,
On-Site Saturday 8 am until sale time
Contents sold beginning at 9:00 A.M. with on-line catalog auction beginning at 11:00 A.M.
Property (80+ acres) to be sold at 1:00 P.M.
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Dr. Gamble was an eagle scout. The Dr. graduated from
Lincolnton High School, Emory University and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He did his
training in surgery at Charlotte Memorial Hospital and Roanoke General
Hospital. He served in the US Army as a MASH surgeon in Korea and Japan. He
lived his life in Lincolnton, NC and practiced at Reeves Gamble Hospital until
it was donated to the county for the formation of the Lincoln County Hospital.
He served multiple terms as Chair of the Lincoln County Commissioners and eight
terms in the NC Legislature.
For those who never knew him, a bit of history: John Reeves Gamble, Jr. was the son of the
late John Reeves Gamble, Sr. His father
began his medical practice in the area at a mill in High Shoals. Back in the early part of the 20th Century,
mills sometimes hired their own doctors.
Dr. Gamble, Sr. and his brother Dr. Jesse Frank Gamble
opened the Gamble Clinic in Lincolnton in 1930. It was later renamed the Reeves
Gamble Hospital. In 1934, the 25-bed
hospital was equipped with an x-ray machine, laboratory, operating room, and
sterilizing equipment, and was one of the most modern hospitals in the
state. Dr. Frank Gamble died in
1943. Dr. John Gamble, Sr. died in
In 1948, Dr. John Reeves Gamble, Jr. came to practice in
Lincolnton and became president of the Reeves Gamble Hospital. Dr. Gamble was
called to serve in the army in 1954, and the hospital closed until his return
in 1956. The hospital continued to grow in the 1960s and it became apparent
that expansions were needed. Betty convinced John that what was really needed
was an entirely new hospital.
Dr. Gamble gave the land for the Lincoln County Hospital and
contributed at least a half million dollars in cash plus at least that much
more in equipment to get the hospital going.
The last patient of the Reeves Gamble Hospital was transferred to the
Lincoln County Hospital in November 1969. The former hospital is now known as
the Mauney Building, located across Main Street from the Lincolnton Post
Most of our readers are too young to remember his importance
to Lincoln County and North Carolina history.
Most have no idea of the contributions he made to our community. Many moved into Lincoln County after he had
done so much to shape it that they have no idea of the many things he did.
Dr. Gamble served as a Lincoln County Commissioner. He was elected a NC State Representative
As a member of the General Assembly, it was Dr. John Gamble
from Lincolnton who pushed for and got approved the medical school at East
Carolina University. The eastern part of
the state was having trouble attracting doctors, and Dr. Gamble reasoned that a
medical school there would help to turn out more medical professionals from the
area who might want to continue their life's work in their hometowns. He was right.
Some of us pass through this world without making much of a
difference. Others make lasting
contributions that live on long after they are gone--and sadly--all too often
forgotten. Dr. John R. Gamble, Jr. was
that kind of man.
Join us on-site or online around the world October 29th,
2016 to honor the legacy of Dr. Gamble.
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