Doctor Teodoro Schestakow
In December of 1889, Doctor Schestakow arrived from Mendoza City to Don Rodolfo Iselin’s estate in San Rafael who had invited him. He was warmly received, especially by the French settlers amongst them Pedro Matile who had his house opposite Iselin’s. Doctor Schestakow soon becomes well-known especially in rural areas.
With Iselin’s help he sets up a small practice at the Union Hotel. Soon afterwards a new practice is established at the building which is today’s Banco de la Nación Argentina, the land being Iselin’s property.
Schestakow had a hazardous life; he was a tireless fighter and consistently tried to improve his knowledge and helped people become aware of cleanliness and hygiene. He managed to reach the most isolated places on his horse, Corcuncho, crossing the turbulent waters of Diamante River and building a reputation as a true country doctor.
He had to face dangerous epidemics such as Diphtheria and Typhus Fever which killed many people among them Iselin’s 15-year-old daughter, Juanita, 3 of Pedro Matile’s children and dozens more. The doctor had to face this situation creatively trying to design new cures and asking for the help of the most powerful families in order to save lives.The Regional, High Complexity Hospital in San Rafael bears his name today.
This is the name that this man gave to himself. He had bought land in Las Paredes and built his own house and the houses of people working for him. He helped many Italian immigrants get here and gave them work in agricultural tasks.
Commander José Antonio Salas
This commander had been sent by the National Government to prepare lands for the stocking and rest of troops marching towards the so-called Desert Campaign. The areas where he settled was to become known as Cuadro Nacional.
Other prominent pioneers were Domingo Bombal, Isaac Espinola, Jose Toledano, Arturo Blanco, Deoclecio Garcia, Jose Soto, Bernardino Izuel and Sotero Arizu amongst many others who helped the development of San Rafael.