George W. B. Beverley, M. D., one of the leading physicians and surgeons of Wabaunsee county, is comparatively a newcomer in Kansas, but within the short time he has been a resident of the Sunflower State he has gained the confidence of the people of the community in which he lives and built up a reputation that many an older Kansan may well envy. He was born in England, Aug. 27, 1872, son of Addison and Elizabeth (Bray) Beverley of Herefordshire. His paternal grandfather was a civil engineer who came to America, during that great era of railroad building across the continent, and helped to construct the Union Pacific railroad, although he maintained his home in England. His son, Addison, was born in Yorkshire, in 1849, received a good practical education and upon attaining his majority became a farmer. For years he took a special interest in high-bred cattle and was known for the high pedigreed Hereford stock that he raised. He married Elizabeth, daughter of George Bray of Hereford, who was also in the cattle business. Some years ago Mr. Beverley retired from active business and now lives in Somerset county, England. George W. B. Beverley spent his boyhood on his father's farm, attended an excellent school at Lucton, Herefordshire, and later attended the University of Bristol, where he divided his time between the study of medicine and hospital work. His father was very anxious that his son should have every advantage to make his professional career a success and sent him to the College of Physicians and Surgeons in London, where he graduated in medicine and surgery. A brother, Kenneth H. Beverley, is located in Chesterfield, Yorkshire, and is surgeon to the Chesterfield Hospital. At the age of twenty-six Dr. Beverley determined to come to the New World and learn what fortune had in store for him. Just before leaving England, in 1898, he married Agnes L., daughter of Thomas J. Gray, a lawyer who is now residing in South Africa, where he is practically retired from his profession. The bridal trip of Dr. Beverley and his wife was the journey to Montreal, Canada, and after remaining four months they came to Kansas City, Mo., where the Doctor took a course in the University Medical College and began the practice of his profession in Kansas City, Mo., where he remained four years. Then wishing to locate in Kansas he took the Kansas State Board's examination and, in 1903, came to Alma, where he has met with marked success. At first he met with many of the discouragements and disappointments that every professional man encounters at the start of his career, but he soon made many friends, took an interest in the local life, entered with enthusiasm into all medical work, as no call seemed too distant to reach, and within a short time had built up a practice that increases each year. Reared in the Episcopal church in England Dr. Beverley has become a Congregationalist in America, and is now one of the supporters of that church. In politics he is a member of the Republican party, and fraternally is affiliated with the Masonic order. Four children have been born to George W. B. and Agnes L. BeverleyGertrude Addison, Dorothy Agnes, Jean Elizabeth, and Bertram Addison (deceased). Dr. Beverley and his wife are among the popular young people of Alma and their home is always open to friends, as is the custom in the Mother Country.Pages 587-588 from volume III, part 1 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
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