Lewis Young Grubbs, M. D., who has been prominently associated with the medical profession of Topeka for the past thirty years, is a native of Ohio, having been born at Washington C. H., Dec. 27, 1841. The Grubbs family is of Scotch-Irish descent. Stephen and Daniel Grubbs, father and grandfather respectively of Dr. Grubbs, were both Virginians by birth, their ancestors having settled in that state before the Revolution. Stephen Grubbs was born in Louisa county, Virginia, April 8, 1799, and in 1812, he removed to Fayette county, Ohio, but later located at Washington C. H., Ohio. In 1818 he was united in marriage with Diana Holland, who was born on a farm in Fayette county, Ohio, Feb. 6, 1802, to Thomas and Lorena (Cahill) Holland. The Holland family is of Dutch descent, this family of Hollands having descended from John Holland, who immigrated to America with Lord Baltimore. The name was formerly Hawlland. Stephen and Diana (Holland) Grubbs traveled life's journey together continuously for fifty-five years and became the parents of ten children, eight of whom grew to maturity. Dr. Grubbs, however, is the only one of the children now living and was the youngest of the family. The parents were both reared on a farm and they themselves followed the occupation of farming through the active years of their lives. Both died at Washington C. H., Ohio, the father's death having occurred on Feb. 13, 1872, and that of the mother on Jan. 28, 1874.
Dr. Lewis Y. Grubbs was reared at Washington C. H., Ohio, and received his education there. On Aug. 9, 1862, when not yet twenty-one years of age, he volunteered his services in the defense of the Union and joined Company C, One Hundred Fourteenth Ohio infantry, with which he served until he close of the war. He took part in the siege of Vicksburg and the battle of Arkansas Post, after which he was detailed as a musician to General Lawler's headquarters, Fourth Division, Thirteenth Army Corps, serving as a member of a division until the close of the war. He had decided that the profession of medicine should be his life work and, with that purpose in view, he began to read medicine under Dr. H. C. Hoffman, of Washington C. H., Ohio, with whom he continued five years. He then entered the Medical College of Ohio, at Cincinnati, now known as the Medical Department of the University of Cincinnati, and graduated in 1871. Immediately after graduating from the medical college he came to Kansas and located at the village of Dover, Shawnee county, where he practiced his profession until 1880, when he removed to Topeka. He has practiced there actively for thirty years, but in more recent years, however, he has been gradually withdrawing from his medical practice, preferring to look after the management of his farms of which he has several located in Harper county. He is a member of the Shawnee County Medical Society, of which he was one of the organizers and served as its first and as its second president. He is also a member of the Kansas State Medical Society and of the American Medical Association. He was one of the organizers of the Jane C. Stormont Hospital and Training School for Nurses, of Topeka, and has served as president of its medical and surgical staff since the date of its organization in 1895. He is also a life member of the board of trustees of the same institution.
On Feb. 19, 1873, Dr. Grubbs was united in marriage with Miss Rebecca Jane Wiley, born in Ross county, Ohio, Dec. 30, 1845, a daughter of Richard Meade Wiley and wife, who was a Miss Lucinda Leveck, both of French descent. Dr. and Mrs. Grubbs have two sons: Clyde Murray, and Loehr M., both of whom are druggists and reside in Topeka. In politics Dr. Grubbs was formerly a Democrat, as was his father, but since the first Bryan campaign in 1896, he has supported the Republican national ticket. He is a Royal Arch Mason and a Knight Templar. He is also a member of the Topeka Commercial Club.Pages 684-686 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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