Luther A. Corwin, M. D., of Goff, Kans., is a native of Indiana, born at Solsberry, Greene county, February 25, 1860. He is a son of J. E. and Mary E. (Hill) Corwin, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of Ohio. The father was a carpenter and cabinet maker in early life, and in 1872 removed with his family to Kansas and settled at Sabetha. Here he engaged in the furniture business which he continued for a number of years. He was also prominent in Nemaha county politics, and served two terms as probate judge, and was elected to the legislature for one term. Dr. L. A. Corwin is a notable example of a self made man. He worked to obtain his own education after receiving his preliminary education in the public schools of Sabetha, he graduated from the high school and later took a normal school course. He then studied medicine under the preceptorship of Dr. Oliver F. Gray, of Sabetha, Kans. for a time, when he entered the University Medical College of Kansas City, Mo. After studying one year there he entered Rush Medical College, Chicago, Ills., and after continuing his studies there one year returned to the University Medical College of Kansas City, Mo., where he was graduated in 1890 with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. At intervals, during the time that he was attending school and college, he worked in various places and saved his money with which to pay for his education. He clerked in a general store in Idaho for nearly two years, and between school terms worked in a furniture store at Sabetha. He practised medicine at Golf two years, receiving his degree, by authority of a permit issued to him by the Northeastern Medical Association. Since locating at Golf he has been a dominant factor in the business of the town, and was one of the organizers of the State Bank of Golf, which was the pioneer bank of the town. This bank was organized in 1890 and Dr. Corwin was its first vice-president. Later, he disposed of his interest in this bank, and when the Farmers State Bank was organized he became president of that institution. These two banks were consolidated later into the First National Bank of Goff, and he became vice-president. He also organized the Home State Bank and was its president until 1910, when he sold his interest, and has since practically devoted himself to his vast landed interests. He owns about 2,500 acres of land, and is extensively interested in farming. Dr. Corwin was united in marriage November 26, 1912, to Miss Nell Hilliker, a native of Sioux City, Iowa. She received her education in the public schools of Girard, Kans., graduating from the high school, and later took a course at the Kansas City Business University, and for years was a member of the Board of Trade of Kansas City, Mo., being the only woman grain buyer in Kansas. She was successful in that line and remained in business until her marriage. She is a daughter of A. R. and Sabina (Van Fleet) Hilliker, the former a native of New York and the latter of Pennsylvania. The family came to Kansas in the early eighties, and settled in Crawford county, near Girard, where the father was engaged in farming and stock raising. Dr. Corwin is a prominent Mason and a member of the County, State and American Medical Association.Pages 134-135 from a supplemental volume 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 October 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM196. It is a single volume 3.
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