Alfred Civillon Fones

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Alfred Civillon Fones was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut back in 1869. He graduated from the New York College of Dentistry in 1890. After graduation, he opened his office in Bridgeport. He was a licensed dentist until his death in 1938. Not much so, far right?   Well this is the rest of the story.

What you may not know about Alfred is that during his time as a dentist he had an assistant (and his cousin) Irene M. Newman. Haven’t hear of Alfred or Irene? Will neither had I until now for what Alfred did was to have her clean the teeth and perform other preventive procedures making her the first dental hygienist. He opened up a school the Fones Clinic For Dental Hygienists in 1913 in a garage at 10 Washington Avenue in Bridgeport. The first class consisted of deans of the dental school, seven professors and other practitioner from the United States and beyond. Many graduates went on to jobs with the Bridgeport school district playing a major role reducing dental caries in students by 75%. His school is now located at the University of Bridgeport.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray well, that's an interesting fact.... my first year in college was at the U of Bridgeport..... what we do without dental hygienists?

Jan 15, 2020 03:40 AM #3
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

At first I thought Alfred Newman was going to publish Mad Magazine as a sideline. :-)

Jan 15, 2020 03:58 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Must say another one where the response is "now I know"! Enjoy your day.

Jan 15, 2020 04:22 AM #5
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

You can sure come up with some very interesting topics and this one is a interesting one.

Jan 15, 2020 04:30 AM #6
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

What would most of us do without them or nurses!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jan 15, 2020 04:31 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. What a great story this is. Thank you for telling us.

Jan 15, 2020 04:36 AM #8
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

And now we know the rest of the story. Thanks for sharing with us and have a great day

Jan 15, 2020 04:52 AM #9
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - interesting beginning.  An excellent idea.  It definitely "caught on".  

Jan 15, 2020 05:19 AM #10
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi James... at first I thought you would be writing something I didn't know about Alfred E Newman. This is a great story and no doubt his contribution to dental care has and will continue for many more generations to come.

Jan 15, 2020 06:00 AM #11
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Thank God for Alfred and his brilliant idea James Dray . I have known many wonderful hygienists over the years (a a couple akin to nurse Ratchet).

Jan 15, 2020 06:08 AM #12
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - I have my appointment next week.  That is why so many people still have their teeth!

Jan 15, 2020 06:17 AM #13
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

As much as I hate going to the dentist I have to admit I feel better after teeth cleaning

Jan 15, 2020 06:38 AM #14
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow from a garage to bigger things and now lots of people could not go without cleaning of teeth.


Jan 15, 2020 08:29 AM #15
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a story, and we have our appointment with the dental hygienist preset 6 months ahead.  I like the feeling afterwards. A  

Jan 15, 2020 08:34 AM #16
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

As much as I hate going to the dentist I couldn't imagine only going when something was wrong. I do enjoy getting my teeth cleaned.

Jan 15, 2020 05:27 PM #17
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Wow James- you never really think about how dental hygiene and hygienists came about and now we do. 

Jan 15, 2020 06:22 PM #18
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James, Thanks for sharing this interesting story of Alfred Fones.  What an accomplishment - making life easier and less painful at a time when new discoveries in dental care were so crucial.

Jan 15, 2020 06:31 PM #19
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I learn something new every day I visit your post!  

Jan 15, 2020 06:49 PM #20
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

It's always a fun learning experience to read you posts. He certainly made some significant contributions to the dental field. I'm at the dentist twice a year for cleanings! And sometimes other stuff.


Jan 16, 2020 02:55 PM #21
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Alfred Civillon Fones was an innovator and Irene M. Newman was a ground breaker. All of society has been better because of their innovations.

Jan 31, 2020 03:23 PM #22
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