Written by Chris Dalrymple, DC   
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 04:07 PM

In September 1903 Alma C. Arnold, DC, graduates in the first class at the American School of Chiropractic & Nature Cure (ASC&NC) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Dr. Alma C. Arnold establishes first chiropractic practice in New York City. Dr. Arnold soon had Miss Clara Barton as a patient.  Miss Barton had been so seriously injured in an accident that her physicians said that if she did live she would never walk again because of her spinal injuries.  But Dr. Arnold was consulted and subsequently restored her to complete health; and Clara Barton went on her way, ultimately becoming the founder of the American Red Cross.

Also in 1903 after the reorganizational policies of the American Medical Association were instituted in 1903, the membership in the Texas Medical Association grew dramatically, reaching 2,415 within a year.

On January 17, 1903, Thomas J. Lamar, D.C., a future recipient of the Keeler Plaque was born at Navasota, Texas.

On March 12, 1903 Joseph Robert Frank Baier, D.C.,, a future recipient of the Keeler Plaque, was born in San Antonio, Texas 

In 1903 the first major change in D.D. Palmer's chiropractic theory appears.  From 1903 to 1905 there are no statistics on the number of chiropractic students D. D. taught.

Also in 1903, the Ford Motor Company produces its first car — the Ford Model A; and the Wright brothers fly at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Their Wright Flyer performed the first recorded controlled, powered, sustained heavier than air flight on December 17, 1903.

Source: *Centennial History: Chiropractic in 1906