31 Mar 2016 22:43 UTCThu 31 Mar 2016 - 10:43 pm UTC
Hello. On January 29th, 1985 there was a huge snow storm in St. Paul, Minnesota. My dad cross country skied into the hospital to deliver babies. The story made national news and was covered by National magazines, newspapers and CNN.
I need to find a reference to the story of him skiing into the hospital during this snow storm to deliver babies. His name is Charles E. Crutchfield II MD and he is an OBGYN based in St. Paul, Minnesota.
31 Mar 2016 23:01 UTCThu 31 Mar 2016 - 11:01 pm UTC
What a fascinating question and how lucky we are to hear about your dad braving a blizzard to get to the hospital!
Perhaps this reference will do the trick. It mentions your dad walking, however, not skiing, and he braved the elements in 1982, but in either event, it is a wonderful piece of history!
Congressional Record Volume 144, Number 132 (Monday, September 28, 1998)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUTSTANDING ST. PAUL FAMILY
HON. BRUCE F. VENTO
in the house of representatives
Monday, September 28, 1998
Mr. VENTO. Mr. Speaker, I would like to submit for the record the
following article from the Sunday, August 23, 1998 edition of the St.
Paul Pioneer Press in recognition of the Crutchfield family of St.
Paul, for their outstanding and tireless efforts in community service.
My congratulations to the Crutchfields and their many admirable
This recognition is well deserved and is a small reward for the
service that Dr. Charles Crutchfield and his wonderful wife, Pat
Crutchfield, have performed. They have remained in a community of
modest means, while actively involved in their church, educational and
social life, attempting to help give back to their community their love
and labor to make St. Paul a better place to extend hope and the
opportunity to grow to succeed to make a difference. Through their
example and sacrifice, they have walked the walk. The Crutchfields'
reward has been the great success of their children and the extended
family and community they have embraced and their payment our love,
affection and heartfelt thanks.
Thanks to the Crutchfields of St. Paul. They make us proud--very
From the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Aug. 23, 1998]
An Outstanding Family
(By Pat Burson)
In St. Paul, the Crutchfield name is synonymous with
family, education, community and success.
Those attributes made the family of Dr. Charles E.
Crutchfield, a nationally recognized obstetrician and
gynecologist, and his wife of 22 years, Pat, a tireless
community fund-raiser and volunteer, a natural choice to
receive the 1998 Family of the Year award from the St. Paul
Urban League, said president Willie Mae Wilson.
``It's an outstanding family,'' she said.
Pat Crutchfield said she was shocked and humbled to learn
that her family had been selected.
``I was embarrassed,'' she added. ``I never look at what we
do, getting recognized for it. You just do it. I just feel
like I'm doing what I'm supposed to do. Not anything
They're just being modest, said neighbor Dick Mangram, who
has known the Crutchfields for about 30 years.
Mangram, executive director of Hallie Q. Brown/Martin
Luther King Community Center, also served on the St. Paul
Urban League's board with Pat Crutchfield from 1982 to 1987.
``They're not the kind of people that will go around and
toot their own horn,'' he said. ``They're just good people.
What you see is what you get. They're really proud to be
right here in the city.''
Charles Crutchfield was the first private black
obstetrician/gynecologist in Minnesota. He entered private
practice with his mentor, Dr. Joseph Goldsmith, in 1969. In
addition to having a main office in the Fort Road Medical
Center on West Seventh Street near downtown St. Paul, he and
his partner, Dr. Rainer Rocheleau, also have offices in Apple
Valley, Inver Grove Heights and White Bear Lake. Crutchfield
has performed more than 3,000 operations and delivered almost
One of those deliveries earned him national media attention
in December 1982, after he walked three miles in a blizzard
to deliver a baby by emergency Caesarean section.
Crutchfield was honored in January by the Washington-based
National Medical Association for his numerous contributions
to the organization. He also has served as president of the
Minnesota Association of Black Physicians.
1 Apr 2016 14:22 UTCFri 1 Apr 2016 - 2:22 pm UTC
Hello. Thank you for the responses. We really need a clear link to the actual national story, from a reliable news source. I couldn't open the Daily Journal article without submitting credit card information. We are really looking for the story that printed and aired nationally from a national news source. (CNN, Times, Newsweek, etc.)
1 Apr 2016 16:13 UTCFri 1 Apr 2016 - 4:13 pm UTC
You can read the entire article here, but the part about the 3 doctors, including your father, is just two paragraphs included in other news about the blizzard.
Ellensburg Daily Record
Three doctors hiked or skiied through the blizzard....