Dr. Henry D. Smith, a prominent physician and surgeon of Washington, Kan., was born at Grand Falls, Minn., January 7, 1875, and is a son of Dr. N. M. and Ellen (Case) Smith. The father, Dr. N. M. Smith, was a native of Minnesota, and the mother of Ohio. Dr. N. M. Smith, who has passed to his reward, practiced medicine for over forty years, and was one of the pioneer physicians of Kansas, coming to this State and locating at Washington in 1876, where he died in 1904. He was prominent in his professional work and was one of the leading physicians of Northern Kansas. He was a member of the State Medical Society, and was a member of the State Board of Health for two terms. He was a veteran of the Civil war, having served over three years as a member of the One Hundred and Fifth Ohio infantry, and participated in many battles, among which were Prairieville and Stone River. Dr. Henry D. Smith has not only followed in the footsteps of his father as a physician, but the unity of historic events has also made it possible for him to emulate his father's military career. Dr. Smith was reared in Washington, attended the public schools and after graduating from the high school attended Friends' Academy. He then entered the Cotner University of Medicine at Lincoln, Neb., where he was graduated in the class of 1897, with the degree of Doctor of Medicine, and immediately engaged in practice with his father at Washington, Kan., where he remained until the spring of the following year, when the Spanish-American war broke out. He then enlisted in the Twentieth Kansas infantry, and was commissioned captain, serving as assistant surgeon. As is well known, the Twentieth Kansas was immediately sent to the Philippines, where they remained for the next two years and Dr. Smtih[sic] remained with his regiment throughout the Philippine service, until the regiment was mustered out, when he returned to Washington and engaged in the practice with his father again, remaining with him until the latter's death. Since that time, Dr. Smith has been in the practice alone. He not only has an extensive practice, but is also engaged in the drug business with his brother, Ora H. Smith. They have a well stocked and modern equipped store in Washington, and carry the most extensive stock of drugs and druggists' sundries in Washington county.
Dr. Smith was married in November, 1903, to Miss Marjorie, daughter of John and Christiana (Campbell) Whittet, both natives of Scotland, where their daughter, Marjorie, was also born. The family immigrated to America and settled in Kansas when Mrs. Smith was a child. She was educated in the common schools and after graduating in the high school she entered the State Normal School at Emporia, Kan., where she also graduated, and later taught in the Washington city schools about five years. Dr. and Mrs. Smith have one child, Frances Christinia, born September 6, 1904, now attending the Washington schools. Mrs. Smith is a member of the Presbyterian church, and Dr. Smith is a member of the State and American Medical associations, and has served as president of the Washington County Medical Association. He is a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of Pythias, and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.Pages 492-493 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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