Alexander G. Davis occupies a leading position in the ranks of the medical fraternity of Phillips county, and is now enjoying a large and growing practice in Logan and the surrounding country. He was born near St. Joseph, in Buchanan county, Missouri, August 9, 1869, the son of Warren and Isabel S. Glenn Davis, both natives of Buchanan county, his grandfathers having been pioneers of that region. On the paternal side of the family the doctor is descended from Welsh and Scotch ancestors, while from his mother he inherits strains of pure Irish and Dutch blood, her ancestors having come from Holland and located in Pennsylvania at an early day and later became known as Pennsylvania Dutch. Warren Davis was engaged in farming and stock raising in Missouri and sent his son to the country schools. While still a lad he determined to study medicine. Completing the preparatory schools when only seventeen he entered Northwestern Medical College at St. Joseph, but as the law required a student of medicine to be twenty-one years old before he graduated, Dr. Davis was required to spend an extra year in study before the college would confer upon him the degree of Doctor of Medicine. He was of age in August and graduated with the class of 1890-91, the following February, one of the youngest men ever graduated from the institution. Soon after leaving college the doctor located at Amazonia, Mo., opened an office and remained there about a year before going to St. Joseph, where he opened an office and also engaged in the drug business in connection with his practice, having a certificate of pharmacy in Missouri. In 1892 Dr. Davis came to Logan as one of the pioneer physicians of this region, and he has been actively engaged in professional work here for over twenty years. When he first come to Phillips county the country was still new; the people lived far apart, which necessitated long drives in visiting patients, and a doctor had to be courageous and fearless to face blinding blizzards on the open prairies, or the terrible heat of the hot summers. Many times Dr. Davis has been called upon to perform surgical operations with practically no hospital facilities, but has had remarkable success, gaining the confidence of the people by his skill and care. He is registered to practice in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, having been engaged in professional work in all three States. In 1910-11 Dr. Davis was appointed county health officer and physician; he is now serving as president of the Phillips County Medical Society. He is a member of the Masonic order and a Protestant.
On September 14, 1891, the doctor married Aurora Belle, the daughter of John H. and Martha Elizabeth Thomas, natives of Buchanan county, Missouri, where the father was engaged in farming and stock raising until he established a mercantile business at St. Joseph, Mo. In 1891 he came to Kansas and settled at Logan. He now lives retired at Norton. Mr. Thomas enlisted in the Union army during the Civil war and is now a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. Mrs. Davis was reared in Buchanan county, Missouri, where she was educated in the public schools. There are two children in the Davis family: Beulah Opal, born July 9, 1892, who received her education from the Logan schools, and is now the wife of Guy. W. Presnell, living at Portis, Kan., and Alexander Paul, born July 7, 1902, attending school at Logan.Pages 41-42 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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