Frederick Day Candler, M. D., one of the leading physicians of Bonner Springs, was born at Hansonville, Russell county, Virginia, June 5, 1874, the second son of James J. and Nannie (Keiser) Candler. James Candler was reared in Russell county, Virginia, where he attended school and subsequently became a dry goods merchant. His first wife was Sallie Gibson, to whom he was married in 1868, in Russell county. Two children were born to this marriage: William Adolphus now a farmer in Oklahoma, and a girl, who died in infancy. Mrs. Candler died at Atchison, Kan., in 1870, and in 1873 Mr. Candler married Nannie Keiser, the daughter of Rev. Elisha Keiser, a native of Virginia, who came to Kansas with his family. Nine children were born to this union: Frederick Day, the subject of this sketch; Lillie May, now the wife of August Knobeldorff, who is a farmer in Oklahoma; Maud Hunter married Herman Knobeldorff, also a farmer in Oklahoma; Ballard Davis, now a business man in Kansas City, Mo.; Lucien Fink, who is engaged in the mercantile business at Oktaha, Okla.; Sallie Hester Gibson, deceased, who was the wife of Wallace Spainhour of Lone Jack, Mo.; and Mittie, deceased. Mrs. Candler died in 1887. Frederick came to Missouri from Virginia in 1883, and received his education in the public schools of Oak Grove. He decided to make the practice of medicine his life work and entered the Medico-Chirurgical College at Kansas City, Mo., which is now the medical department of the Kansas State University. He graduated in 1901 and then devoted a year to post-graduate study in special branches. Dr. Candler holds a special certificate from the chemistry department of the medical department of the university for special research work done there. After leaving the university he located in Bonner Springs and soon built up a large practice. He was appointed district surgeon for the Missouri Pacific railroad; holds the same position with the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific railroad and is chief surgeon for the Kaw Valley & Western railroad, also assistant division surgeon of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroad. Dr. Candler soon gained a wide reputation as a surgeon, his practice increased and he has built a business block in Bonner Springs and in 1907 erected a fine private hospital.
In 1900 Dr. Candler married Lucile Hill of Bates City, Mo. She was the daughter of J. J. Hill, one of the leading stockmen and farmers of Lafayette county. One child has come to bless their union, Nadine Hill, born Sept. 9, 1903. Dr. Candler is a Thirty-second degree Mason, a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of the Wyandotte County Medical Association and also of the Kansas State and American Medical associations. He is deputy coroner of Wyandotte county and was a member of the city council for two years.Pages 1546-1547 from volume III, part 2 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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