Robert Scott Dinsmore, M. D., a prominent Doniphan county physician and surgeon, is a native of Iowa. He was born in Washington, December 4, 1853, and is a son of Rev. Thomas H. and Elizabeth (McConaughy) Dinsmore, natives of Washington county, Pennsylvania. The father was a Presbyterian minister. He was a graduate of Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, Pa., and Princeton Theological Seminary. He was a teacher and writer of unusual merit. In 1859 he went to St. Francisville, Mo., to take charge of the St. Francisville Seminary, and remained at the head of that institution until 1870, when he came to Kansas, locating at Highland, where he had charge of a department in Highland University and occupied this position until his death, September 21, 1905. Dr. Dinsmore, whose name introduces this sketch, was educated in St. Francisville, Mo., and Highland University at Highland, Kans. He then engaged in teaching, following this occupation about four years, when he entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Keokuk, Iowa, and was graduated in the class of 1878 with the edgree[sic] of Doctor of Medicine. He paid his own way through medical college. and took one intervening year of his medical course at the Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pa. He accepted a position as nurse in that institution while pursuing his medical studies, as this position gave him an excellent opportunity to get the practice as well as the theory of hospital clinics, and at the same time enabled him to earn enough to defray his expenses. After receiving his degree in medicine he came to Troy, Kans., April 1, 1878, and engaged in the practice of his profession, and was successful from the beginning. During all these years of Dr. Dinsmore's practice, the science of medicine has advanced to a degree undreamed of by the leading physicians, when he was in medical college. He is a close student and has kept fully abreast of the great advance of his profession, and is regarded as one of the able and painstaking physicians of Northeastern Kansas. He has served as local surgeon for the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad, for twenty-six years, and is still serving in that capacity. From 1897 to 1905 he was a member of the United States Board of Pension Examiners, and he holds the unusual record of having served as coroner of Doniphan county for thirty years. Dr. Dinsmore was united in marriage November 21, 1883, to Miss Ethelyn, daughter of Judge Robert Wilkinson, of Troy, Kans. Judge Wilkinson was one of the early attorneys of Doniphan county, and served as probate judge of that county about twenty years. He was a native of Jacksonville, Ill., and came to Kansas soon after the Civil war. Mrs. Dinsmore was born at Black Hawk, Colo., where her parents had removed in the early sixties. She was but a mere child, however, when they came to Kansas. She was reared and educated in Doniphan county, and is a graduate of the Troy High School. To Dr. and Mrs. Dinsmore have been born two children: Bertha, a graduate of Washburn College, married Dr. Elmer Hill, and they reside at Waitsburg, Wash., and have one daughter, Mildred; Robert Scott, Jr., a graduate of Kansas University class 1914, and now a student in Rush Medical College, Chicago. Dr. Dinsmore is an enthusiastic student of ethnology and has one of the largest private collections of Indian relics in the State. He is a lover of outdoor sports, and has a wide reputation throughout the State as an expert marksman. He is a Republican; Knights Templar Mason, and a member of the Mystic Shrine, holding membership in the commandery at Hiawatha and the shrine at Leavenworth. He is a member of the County, State and American Medical Association, and has served as president of the county organization.Pages 189-190 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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