- The Last Stitch (1956) autobiography
William Lafayette Crosthwait was born in Houston, Mississippi, Chickasaw County on May 2, 1873. He studied at National Normal University in Lebanon, Ohio, where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He went on to obtain an M.D. from the University of Louisville in 1899. he married Roberta Eugenia Wiseman in 1900. He practiced medicine in Holland Texas for a few years and then moved to Waco, Texas, to be a county surgeon in 1911. Dr. Crosthwait served as chief of staff at two sanitoriums. He died in 1962.