Uclue has now closed (more details). So long and thanks so much for everything.
Ask a Question | Browse Questions

ANSWERED on Thu 31 Mar 2016 - 11:01 pm UTC by JD Umiat

Question: Need reference to magazine or news story!!!

Please carefully read the Disclaimer and Terms & conditionsT&Cs.
Priced at $25.00

Actions: Add Comment



 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. 

Thank you!


JD Umiat 


 31 Mar 2016 23:01 UTCThu 31 Mar 2016 - 11:01 pm UTC 

Hi, adjclarks!

 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]
[Pages E1832-E1833]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]


                          HON. BRUCE F. VENTO

                              of minnesota

                    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
     6,000 babies.

       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.

Read further........





Roger Browne 


 31 Mar 2016 23:14 UTCThu 31 Mar 2016 - 11:14 pm UTC 

"Three doctors hiked or skiied through the blizzard to deliver babies in Minnesota and South Dakota. ... "My wife and I said a short prayer and I kissed my wife goodbye and started walking," said Dr. Charles Crutchfield."

The Daily Journal from Franklin, Indiana - Dec 29 1982 page 7

You would need to sign up for the free trial to see the whole article.


David Sarokin 


 1 Apr 2016 03:13 UTCFri 1 Apr 2016 - 3:13 am UTC 

If it's of interest, you can find a PDF of the Congressional Record mention here:





 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.)


JD Umiat 


 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....




 1 Apr 2016 22:29 UTCFri 1 Apr 2016 - 10:29 pm UTC 

Wanted to clarify a couple things about this story.  My Dad goes by Charles E. Crutchfield.  He is an OBGYN.  (He is the 2nd.  I am the 3rd and am a dermatologist, that is why I want to distinguish.)

The date is an approximate.  It may have been a couple days before or after the date I mentioned. 

Thank you!


Roger Browne 


 2 Apr 2016 08:29 UTCSat 2 Apr 2016 - 8:29 am UTC 

Hi adjclarks21,

I was not able to find any article in the news archives that mentions Dr Crutchfield II hiking or skiing through a blizzard in January 1985. It may help if you can let us know your source for the date of January 29th 1985.

It could be that the reports from December 1982 describe the event that you recall, as those reports appeared in more than one newspaper and were incorporated into the Congressional Record.

The page from the Ellensburg Daily Record of December 29 1982, as posted above by JD Umiat (link repeated here:
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=860&dat=19821229&id=15ZUAAAAIBAJ&sjid=T48DAAAAIBAJ&pg=6558,8876736&hl=en )
also contains a few more paragraphs about Dr Crutchfield in a separate news item titled "Doctors had to hike" (just over half way down on the left hand side of page 17):

"Dr. Charles Crutchfield said a short prayer with his wife, kissed her goodbye and hiked out of his house into chest-high snowdrifts and numbing arctic winds.

Crutchfield, carefully pacing himself, traversed three miles in a blizzard to a St. Paul, Minn. hospital to deliver a baby in an emergency Caesarian section.

He stayed at the hospital to deliver two more babies, filling in for doctors who could not reach the hospital. "The drifts were 3 and 4 feet deep. They came up almost to my chest in places. The wind was blowing," Crutchfield said. "I kept going slowly and pacing myself."

One Minnesota doctor, Dr. Craig Christianson, used cross-country skis to battle hip-deep snow and deliver a baby in a rural home near Delano..."


Actions: Add Comment


Frequently Asked Questions | Terms & Conditions | Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Spread the word!

Sat 21 Apr 2018 - 3:43 pm UTC - © 2018 Uclue Ltd