Clarence N. Mosher, the leading physician of Kinsley, Kan., and the oldest active practitioner in Edwards county, was reared in the atmosphere of his profession. He was born Sept. 12, 1866, at Maple Park, DeKaIb county, Illinois, the eldest son of the late Dr. B. R. Mosher, of Kinsley, who for nearly thirty years practiced medicine in Edwards county, Kan. Dr. Mosher, Sr., was born at Cooperstown, N. Y., in 1832, and was reared to farm pursuits. His inclination, however, was toward a professional career and he chose medicine as his life work. After spending two years in preparation at a medical school in Worcester, Mass., he began the active practice of medicine at Albany, N. Y., where he remained six years. He then removed to Maple Park, Ill., where he was engaged in professional duties about fifteen years, removing from there to Millington, Ill., where he was located six years. In 1877 he removed to Kinsley, Kan. The life on the frontier was full of hardships and discouragements, but presented a great field of usefulness, for few walks of life offer more chances for noble deeds than that of a doctor, especially in a new country. In 1891 he took a post-graduate course at St. Louis, and always endeavored to keep fully abreast with the advanced thought of his profession. He was married three times. His first wife was a Miss Ashley, who died the first year after their marriage. His second wife was Miss Sarah J. Pearl, and of this union were born three children: Ida M., born Sept. 16, 1860, is single and resides at Kinsley, Kan.; Dr. Clarence N. is the second in order of birth; and Charles A., born Jan. 16, 1869, is postmaster at Kinsley. The mother was born in Pennsylvania, in 1847, and died in June, 1882, at Kinsley, Kan. As his third wife, Dr. B. R. Mosher married Mrs. Ella E. Nelson, who bore him three children, the eldest of whom died in infancy. The other two are Frederick B. and Hazel, both of whom reside in Kinsley. The father died at Kinsley, May 6, 1905.
Dr. Clarence N. Mosher came to Kansas with his parents at the age of twelve and completed his education in the Kinsley schools, graduating in the high school, in 1880. For the following eight years he was employed in his father's drug store and there gained a practical knowledge of much value in his subsequent professional training and practice. He then entered the Eclectic Medical Institute, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and was graduated in that institution, June 3, 1890. After a few months spent at his old home, at Kinsley, he located at Webb City, Mo., where he conducted a drug store and practiced medicine eight years. He then returned to Kinsley, Kan., which has been the field of his practice since that time, and where he has a large and remunerative practice. He is the oldest practicing physician in Edwards county. The doctor is also a stockholder in the Volco Manufacturing Company, of Wichita, Kan. He was one of the first stockholders of this corporation. The product of the company is "Volco Soap," "Volco Cleanser," and "Volco Silver Polish," all made from a volcanic ash which is obtained about two miles east of Anthony, Kan. At Webb City, Mo., June 4, 1891, was solemnized the marriage of Dr. Mosher and Miss Luella B. Smith. Mrs. Mosher was born March 27, 1869, at Lowell, Mich., daughter of John Smith, a successful farmer of Edward county, Kan., who died June 17, 1907, at Kinsley. She is a high school graduate. Dr. Mosher affiliates fraternally with the Knights of Pythias, the Modern Woodmen of America, the Knights of the Modern Maccabees, and the American Brotherhood of Yeomen.Pages 119-120 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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