John H. Johnson, M. D., of Coffeyville, one of the most capable and distinguished physicians in the West in his specialty of eye, ear, nose and throat diseases, is a native of Ohio, having been born at Bethel, Clermont county, Dec. 19, 1859. His parents were Nathaniel and Phoebe (Higbee) Johnson, the former of whom engaged in farming in Ohio up to 1885, when he removed to Kansas City, Mo., and thereafter was engaged in the broom-corn business, in which business Dr. Johnson was associated with his father for a number of years.
Dr. Johnson was reared in Champaign county, Ohio, and received a good common school education in the country schools and in the city schools of Urbana. Before leaving Ohio, in 1883, he married Miss Ettie Taylor, born in Champaign county, and was therefore a young married man when he came to Kansas City, Mo. Predilection led him to take up eventually the study of medicine and, in 1890, he graduated in the Kansas City Medical College, at Kansas City, Mo., where he began his professional career. He has held a number of very responsible and prominent positions, among them being professor of eye and ear in the College of Physicians and Surgeons, now a part of the medical department of the University of Kansas; professor of eye, ear, nose and throat in the Western Dental College at Kansas City; dean of the Columbian Medical College, Kansas City; a member of the medial staff of the St. Agnew Hospital at Kansas City; formerly assistant demonstrator of anatomy in the Kansas City Medical College and late professor of anatomy in the College of Physicians and Surgeons, of Kansas City, Kan.; and is now and has been for several years oculist for the Missouri Pacific and the St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern railroads. In the line of his profession Dr. Johnson is prominently identified with the following medical associations: The American Medical Association; the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otto-Larnygology; of the Mississippi Valley Medical Association; of the Medical Association of the Southwest; of the Kansas State Medical Society; of the Montgomery County Medical Society, and the Southeast Kansas Medical Society. In 1904 Dr. Johnson located in Coffeyville, Kan., to engage in the exclusive practice of diseases affecting the eye, ear, nose and throat, of which diseases he ranks as one of the most skilled and successful specialists in the West, having previously for a number of years thus practiced his profession at Kansas City, Mo.
To Dr. and Mrs. Johnson have been born four children: Clifford P., who also has taken up the profession of medicine and is a graduate of the medical department of the University of Kansas, where he is now taking a classical course, and where he received the degree of Bachelor of Arts, in 1911; Everett, who is also a student in the University of Kansas; Edna and Lester, the last named being a student in the University of Kansas. Dr. and Mrs. Johnson are members of the Methodist church at Coffeyville.Pages 859-860 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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