Dr. Matthaus H. Horn, of Morrowville, Kan., one of the leading physicians and surgeons of the northern part of the State, is a native of Germany, born January 27, 1871, in Holstein, on an island in the Baltic sea. His parents were Nicholas and Anna (Moeller) Horn, both natives of Germany, where the father was a farmer and fisherman. He died when the subject of this review was eleven years of age. Dr. Horn received a good common school education in his native land before he was fifteen years old. At that time he came to this country alone, quite an undertaking for a boy of his age. He first went to West Liberty, Iowa, and, after a few months, to Aurora, Neb. Here he attended the public schools for a short time. When he came to this country he could not speak a word of English, and he at once applied himself with his characteristic energy to master the language of his adopted country. At Aurora he worked two years on a farm, when he went to Imperial, Neb., where he also worked as a farm laborer. He also taught school here about twelve months. He remained at Imperial, in all, about three years. He then went to Colorado, where he worked one winter in the lumber camps, and in the following spring came to Kansas. After working three years he determined to obtain a higher education, and in 1894 entered the Kansas State Agricultural College at Manhattan, the same time working on a farm near Manhattan to pay his way through college, and during vacations he also worked for farmers in that vicinity. In 1897, after three years spent in the college at Manhattan, he entered the Kansas Medical College and was graduated in the class of 1900 with the degree of Doctor of Medicine, and immediately located at Morrowville and began the practice of his profession, where as a physician he has been eminently successful. He is a capable and conscientious physician and has won the confidence of the public and gained a well merited practice.
Dr. Horn was married, November 29, 1905, to Miss Mary Maud, daughter of James B. and Mary Magdalena (Muna) Smith, both natives of Illinois, and early settlers in Washington county, Kansas, where they took a homestead, which is still the family home. Mrs. Horn was born in Washington county and educated in the public schools. To Dr. and Mrs. Horn have been born one child, Maud Hildreth, born February 19, 1907, now attending school in Morrowville.
Dr. Horn is a member of the County, State and American Medical associations and is president of the Washington County Medical Association. He is a member of the Christian church and takes an active interest in church work. He is also a member of the Young Men's Christian Association county committee and is an enthusiastic worker, in behalf of that organization. Politically he is a Republican and has served as clerk of the township.Pages 478-479 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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