Harry Wallace Horn, a prominent surgeon of Wichita, was born in Wooster, Ohio, Aug. 24, 1874, and is a son of John B. Horn, a successful merchant of that city. The latter also is a native of Wooster, having been born there Sept. 25, 1842. John B. Horn had not yet reached his majority when the Civil war began, but his sympathies were with the Union cause and despite his youth he contributed his share toward preserving the Union by service in the Northern army. He is still living and resides in Wooster. The grandparents of Doctor Horn were John P. Horn and his wife, Barbara Spreng, the former of whom was a native of Hochheim-on-the-Rhine, in Germany, and the latter a native of Alsace-Lorraine, France. These grandparents were married in Wooster, Ohio, in 1837 and resided there until their respective deaths, the grandfather having lived to be eighty-five years of age. Dr. Horn is of German descent on both the paternal and maternal sides. His mother was a Miss Odelia Laubach before her marriage and was born in Pennsylvania in 1850. She, too, is yet living. John B. and Odelia (Laubach) Horn are the parents of three childrenDr. Harry Wallace Horn, of this sketch, and Misses Alice M. and Lillian Horn, both of whom reside with their parents in Wooster, Ohio.
Dr. Horn received his literary education in Wooster, Ohio, having graduated from the high school there in 1891 and from the University of Wooster in 1895, that school conferring on him the degree of Bachelor of Arts. For his professional work he spent three years in study at Rush Medical College, Chicago, Ill., where he was graduated in 1898 with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. The following three years were spent as an interne in the Presbyterian Hospital at Chicago, after which for one year he was a resident surgeon of the same hospital. While serving in the last named capacity he was also a fellow in surgery in the University of Chicago. From 1902 to 1906 he was chief surgeon for the Arizona Copper Company and for the Arizona & New Mexico Railway Company with headquarters at Clifton, Ariz. During 1907 Dr. Horn studied abroad and took post-graduate work in surgery in the famed medical schools both at Berlin and Vienna. Upon his return to the United States in 1908 he spent that year and a part of 1909 as chief surgeon for the Cleveland City Railway Company, of Cleveland, Ohio. In July, 1909, he came to Wichita, Kan., and became the partner of the late Dr. G. C. Purdue, which partnership continued until Dr. Purdue's death on April 12, 1910. Dr. Horn then succeeded his late partner as surgeon-in-chief of the Wichita Hospital and as local surgeon for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company, and for the Kansas City, Mexico & Orient Railway Company and is still acting in this dual capacity. He is a member of the Sedgwick County Medical Society, the Kansas State Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the Cleveland Academy of Medicine at Cleveland, Ohio, and of the Southwestern Medical and Surgical Association. He prominently affiliates with the Masonic order as a Knight Templar Mason and a Noble of the Mystic Shrine, and his college fraternal associations were as a member of the Phi Gamma Delta and the Theta Nu Epsilon societies at Wooster and of the Nu Sigma Nu fraternity while at Rush Medical College. Dr. Horn is also a member of the Wichita Commercial Club.
On Jan. 7, 1907, Dr. Horn married Miss Nina Given, of Wooster, Ohio, the daughter of P. C. Given, of Wooster, Ohio, and a granddaughter of the late Col. William Given, of the One Hundred and Second Ohio Volunteer Infantry of Civil war fame, and to their union one son has been born, Harry W. Horn, Jr., born Aug. 11, 1908.Pages 1114-1115 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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