Clarence Case Goddard, a popular and successful physician and surgeon of Leavenworth, is a native of the Empire state, having been born at Gorham, Ontario county, New York, March 21, 1849, a son of Edwin P. and Maria (Fillmore) Goddard, the former a native of Connecticut and the latter of Wayne county, New York. Dr. Goddard's paternal ancestry in America dates back to Colonial days, Marcellus Goddard having served as a soldier in the Colonial army during the war for independence, and the Fillmore family was early established in New York. Maria Fillmore was a daughter of Luther Fillmore and a second cousin of Millard Fillmore, who became president of the United States upon the death of General Taylor, in 1850. When Dr. Goddard was about a year old his parents removed to Canandaigua and about four years later to Palmyra, where the father was receiver of the port for some time. In 1856 the family came West, locating first at Abingdon, Knox county, Illinois, then in 1859 to Kansas. In 1860 they removed to Leavenworth, where Edwin P. Goddard engaged in the nursery business, establishing one of the first nurseries in Kansas, and continued in that line until his death, in 1867, at the age of fifty-seven years. His widow survived until 1906, and passed away at the age of ninety-two. Dr. Clarence C. Goddard is one of a family of seven sons and one daughter. Of those now living Edward F. resides at San Diego, Cal.; Luther M., an ex-associate justice of the Colorado supreme court, resides in Denver; and Byron S. resides at Broken Arrow, Okla.
Dr. Clarence C. Goddard was educated in the public schools of Leavenworth, being a member of the first class to graduate in the city high school in 1866. He then began the study of medicine, with Dr. J. W. Brock, of Leavenworth, and in 1873 graduated with the degree of Doctor of Medicine in Bellevue Hospital Medical College of New York, now the medical department of the New York University. Soon after receiving his degree from this institution he entered the United States army as a surgeon, with the rank of lieutenant, and served in the department of Missouri, in Kansas, Indian Territory, Texas, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona, until 1887, when he resigned and returned to Leavenworth to engage in private practice. While serving as surgeon in the army he took up the study of nervous and mental diseases, with a view to becoming a specialist in that line of practice, and in 1890 he established a sanitarium in the southern part of the city, known as "Evergreen Place Hospital and Sanitarium," where he has accommodations for one hundred patients. Believing in the advantages of association Dr. Goddard belongs to a number of medical societies. He is an ex-president of the State Medical Society; the Leavenworth County Medical Society; the Northeast Kansas Medical Society; a member and ex-secretary of one of the departments of the Medical Association of the Southwest; a member of the Missouri Valley Medical Association, and of the Burlington Railway Surgeons' Association. He has served as the Kansas delegate to the American Medical Association, and holds the important position of surgeon to the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy railway. He occupied the chair of nervous and mental diseases in the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Kansas City, Kan., at the time it was made the medical department of the University of Kansas, and still holds the chair in the new institution. He is also a professor in the Post-graduate Medical School and Clinic of Kansas City, Mo. Dr. Goddard is well known in Masonic circles, having served as worshipful master of his lodge, eminent commander of his Knights Templars commandery, and he is past potentate and a Noble of the Mystic Shrine. His political affiliations are with the Democratic party, and in 1910 he was elected to the legislature as one of the representatives from Leavenworth county.
In 1874 Dr. Goddard married Miss Clara C. Weibling, of Denver, Col. Her father, Harmon G. Weibling, came to Leavenworth from Baltimore, Md., in 1854, and engaged in business as a contractor. His death occurred in 1872. Dr. and Mrs. Goddard have one son, Clarence B., who graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in the University of Kansas in 1904, then studied medicine, and is now associated with his father in practice.Pages 924-925 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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