Clarence A. Neighbors, M. D., a successful and reliable young physician of Emporia, is a native of Kansas, having been born at McPherson, Aug. 23, 1880. He is the son of Charles J. and Maria (Moomaw) Neighbors, both native Virginians, who came to Kansas the week after their marriage and settled near McPherson. Charles J. Neighbors was the first settler in Kansas to come from his Virginia home and after he had located here, several other families from his old neighborhood came to Kansas and located near him. He was a farmer, and had his bride and but $300 when he came to Kansas. He preëmpted a homestead near McPherson, and in the succeeding years by thrift and industry added to it until he now owns 1,000 acres, all of which he has transformed into richly productive land. Since 1902 he and his wife have been retired residents of McPherson, where both are members of the Baptist church. Charles Neighbors is a Democrat, as was his father, Henry Neighbors, a native of Virginia, who served the cause of the South throughout the entire Civil war. In 1895 he came to Kansas to spend his remaining years at the home of his son, Charles, and died there in 1907. William P. Moomaw, the maternal grandfather of Dr. Neighbors, was a wealthy native Virginia planter, and he, too, wore the gray during the great Civil war.
Dr. Neighbors received the education afforded by the public schools of McPherson, which was supplemented by a course at Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kan., from which institution he was graduated in 1902. He began the immediate study of his profession in the Kansas City Medical College in 1902 and was graduated in 1905, thus completing a four-years course in three years. He then served fourteen months as an interne in St. Margaret's Hospital at Kansas City, Kan., after which he took charge of a hospital at Garden City, Kan., and remained there eight months. In 1906 he opened an office and began a general practice of his profession in Emporia, where he has already become well established. He has been president of the Lyon County Medical Society, and is a member of the Kansas State Medical Society, and of the American Medical Association.
Dr. Neighbors and Miss May Beatty were united in marriage May 8, 1907, and have one son, Clarence B. Mrs. Neighbors is the daughter of Joseph C. Beatty, a native o Ireland, who immigrated to this country and became a farmer in Allen county, Kansas, but is now a resident of Idaho. Dr. Neighbors is a Republican in politics and at the present time is coroner of Lyon county. He is a Knight Templar and Scottish Rite Mason, and a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Both he and his wife are members of the Baptist church.Pages 1599-1600 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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