Lyman L. Uhls, superintendent of the Osawatomie State Hospital, for the Insane, is a native of Illinois, having been born in Chester, Randolph county, March 25, 1857. His father, Alonzo Uhls, came to that section of Illinois with his widowed mother in 1833, when he was but seven years old. The family, consisting of the mother, three sons and two daughters, made the journey from Smithville, Smith county, Tennessee, to Illiinois,[sic] walking the entire distance. It was there they passed through all the experiences of pioneer life incident to that early period, and where Alonzo Uhls helped to clear away the timber from the land that later became the town site of Chester, now a thriving town on the Mississippi river, and the county seat of Randolph county. He was the descendant of Pennsylvania Dutch ancestors. He resided for some time near Kaskaskia, Randolph county, but most of his years were spent near Chester, but his death, also that of his wife, occurred in St. Louis, Mo.
Dr. Lyman L. Uhls was reared in Southern Illinois, and received his literary education at Sparta, Randolph county. Taking up the study of medicine, he took the course in one of the most famous institutions in the countryRush Medical College of Chicagoin which he was graduated with the class of 1884. He began the practice of his profession in White City, Morris county, Kansas, where he was located seven years. From there he went to Geuda Springs, Sumner county, remaining there four years. In 1895 he became assistant physician at the Osawatomie State Hospital for the insane, and was thus engaged until 1897, when he located in Paola, Miami county, for private practice. On July 1, 1899, he was appointed superintendent of the State Hospital at Osawatomie, and has ably filled that responsible position since that time.
On Sept. 13, 1883, Dr. Uhls was united in marriage to Miss Anna E. Bean, of Chester, Ill. Their union has been blessed with two childrena son and a daughter. Elizabeth, the daughter, is gifted with musical ability of a high order, and after graduating from Washburn College, Topeka, she went abroad for further study in music, taking a complete course of instruction at Berlin, that noted center of music instructors and artists. Kenneth B., the son, is a graduate of the Osawatomie High School, and is now a student at Yale.
Dr. Uhls is known as one of the foremost physicians of Kansas, and in his peculiar line of work is the equal of any in the state. He prominently affiliates with the different medical fraternities, being a member of the American Medical Association and a former member of its House of Delegates; an ex-president of the Kansas State Medical Society; and a member of the Medico-Psychological Association of America. Dr. Uhls and wife are both members of the Presbyterian church at Osawatomie, and he has served as a representative of the National Council, or General Assembly, of the Presbyterian churches of the United States. He and his family hold prominent places in the church and social circles of Osawatomie.Pages 170-171 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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