Following are excerpts from Forward with enthusiasm : Midas Nevada 1907-1995, by Dana R. Bennett.
Reno, Nevada : Great Basin Press, 1995:
"On April 20, 1909, Midas residents Al Geabbeart and Edward Dunscomb, M.D., agreed to transfer the surface and water rights of the Lucky Chance group of claims to Dr. Young. The contract stated that the land was transferred for the expressed "purpose of surveying and laying out . . . "The Dunscomb Townsite." Dr. Young was granted sole authority to develop and sell lots in the townsite. In return, Dr. Dunscomb and Geabbeart would receive one-half of the proceeds from the sale of lots in the site. Soon after, the Elko County Board of Commissioners approved the plat map for Dunscomb, which was to be built near the Esmeralda mine approximately two miles from Midas, and the Dunscomb Townsite Company was authorized to sell lots. The Battle Mountain paper noted that lots would be for sale after June 1. However, the plans for the town appear to have been cancelled shortly thereafter.
During its first years, Midas rarely lacked health care providers. In addition to Dr. Young, the residents benefited from at least one physician. Dr. Dunscomb, one of the town's first physician's, moved from Tuscarora to Midas in 1907 to practice medicine and seek his fortune. After the plans for the Dunscomb townsite faded, Dr. Dunscomb apparently contented himself with being a physician. He delivered several new Midas residents, attended to the town's deceased, and cared for people at the various stages between life's major markers. Two of the babies he delivered were his great-nephew and great-niece, Gordon and Desda Warren. It is highly likely that he also delivered Minerva Macy, said to have been the first baby born in Midas, arriving on July 18, 1908. (Note: Neither Don Bennett (see above) nor I have been able to determine how Edward was related to Gordon and Desda Warren) (pg. 38-39)
... The census (1910) also noted that Midas had two physicians. In addition to Dr. Dunscomb, Dr. Daniel H. Pettingill provided medical services (pg. 67)
...Edward Dunscomb, M.D., who died from natural causes. The cause of death was confirmed by Frank Macy, Justice of the Peace. Under the direction of J.W. Wyatt, the doctor was buried in Midas Cemetery on June 7, 1915. The Elko Daily Free Press noted that, as the only physician in town, Dr. Dunscomb "prescribed and took his own medicine" for his illness. He was not however, able to render himself another medical service, the authentication of death. The paper reported that the town's residents were "puzzled" about the proper recording of Dr. Dunscomb's death because he was the only one who could legally sign his death certificate. They contracted a judge and were advised to hold a coroner's inquest. The paper continued, "The deceased has lived in this country for a number of years and was an eccentric old fellow, and without doubt his death was caused by the gradual breaking down of old age."