Frank F. Greene, a prominent physician and surgeon of Olathe, is a native of Cortland county, New York, born Sept. 12, 1852. On the paternal side he comes of stanch and patriotic New England ancestry, a descendant of Gen. Nathaniel Greene of Revolutionary war fame and who was second in command to General Washington and one of the latter's most favorite generals. His father, Dr. Leander Greene, was a native of New York State and married a Miss Harriet Smith, whose people were from Canada and New York city. Dr. Leander Greene was a very successful physician and practiced in Cortland county about thirty years. He came to Kansas in the early '50s and bought 400 acres of land, near Gardner, Johnson county. When he first located in Kansas he met with reverses that would have discouraged a less courageous man than he, but having supreme confidence and faith in the ultimate success of the Kansas pioneer he persevered and succeeded in developing a fine homestead. As his business connections in the East required his personal attention and supervision, he entrusted his Kansas homestead, equipped with ox and horse teams, to a tenant, who becoming discouraged, gave up the farm and returned east. It was during that era, prior to the Civil war, when the free-state agitation was at its height, and many border ruffians, under the guise of upholding one or the other of the factions, committed depredations on the innocent settler that in many instances practically swept away his belongings. The first band of marauders to visit Dr. Greene's ranch was a gang of Santa Fe trailers who became incensed at not being able to obtain any valuable loot that they could take away with them and took revenge by burning the lumber which he had provided for the erection of two houses on his ranch. Later the noted Quantrill and his band of guerrillas swept down upon the ranch and drove off the horses and cattle. These reverses only added to Dr. Greene's infatuation for the country, because they but confirmed him in his belief that the territory had a great future before it, and that others saw it as well as he. He subsequently made several trips to Kansas and brought horses to his farm all the way from New York, making the trip by water, from St. Louis to Kansas City. He spent several summer seasons in Kansas and then returned east, in the fall of each year. Both parents are now deceased, their deaths having occurred in Cortland, N. Y., where the father passed away, in 1868, when fifty-eight years old, and the mother, in 1908, at the age of seventy-eight. They were the parents of two sonsDr. Frank F. and Ira, who resides in Cortland, N. Y.
Dr. Frank F. Greene was reared in New York State and was educated in the public schools, in Oneida Conference Seminary at Cazenovia, N. Y., and at the University of Buffalo. He was graduated in the medical department of the last named institution, in 1879, and began the practice of his profession in Quincy, Ill., where he remained until the fall of 1880, when he came to Olathe, Kan. In the past thirty years he has built up an extensive and lucrative practice and a reputation as a very successful and skilled physician and surgeon.
In 1890 was celebrated the marriage of Dr. Greene and Miss Minnie Robinson, a resident of Olathe but a native of West Virginia. Dr. Greene is secretary and ex-president of the Johnson County Medical Society, and is a member of the Kansas State Medical Society and of the American Medical Association. His fraternal affiliations are with the Masonic order and the Knights of Pythias. In politics he is a Republican. He has served one term as mayor of Olathe and as city health officer, is a member of the United States board of pension examiners, and has been examiner for several of the old-line insurance companies. Dr. and Mrs. Greene are communicants of the Episcopal church.Pages 623-624 from volume III, part 1 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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