He encouraged the Legislature to pass water and sewage bills.
At that time, most community gathering places had a common cup used by everyone who wanted a drink of water.
Crumbine was the doctor who started the “Don’t Spit on Sidewalk” campaign to stop the spread of tuberculosis and the “Swat the fly” campaign.
“He was recognized nationally and around the world for his innovative campaigns to educate the public about hazards to their health,” St. Peter wrote. “We felt a park built around the theme of health education and public health, that featured Dr. Crumbine, was a fitting tribute.”
Crumbine encouraged brick manufacturers to stamp “Don’t Spit on Sidewalk” on the bricks used for sidewalks. Most communities in Kansas soon sported the bricks.
The frontier doctor from Dodge City was one of the nation’s leading public health officials at the beginning of the 20th century.
“Since our organization is focused on improving health in Kansas, it made sense for our pocket park and statue to highlight public health efforts and a public health leader in the state,” wrote Bob St. Peter, the institute’s CEO, in an email to the Eagle. Dr. Crumbine “realized the need to address the spread of infectious diseases that were devastating people of the time.”
Samuel Crumbine is about to get some long overdue attention.
Using newspaper articles, brochures and other media, Crumbine also worked to rid restaurants, homes and businesses of flies.