Alfred F. Yohe, M. D., the resident physician at the United States penitentiary at Fort Leavenworth, was born in Delaware township, Leavenworth county, in 1865, son of William S. and Sarah C. (Wood) Yohe. William Yohe was a son of Samuel and Sarah (Smith) Yohe, natives of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, respectively, the former a soldier of the war of 1812, and the latter was the daughter of a sea captain, who descended from a long list of Scotch ancestors Samuel Yohe learned the blacksmith's trade, but enlisted in the army and served during the Florida war. Me contracted fever while in the South and was mustered out of the service in 1840. On his way north he reënlisted, however, in the First United States cavalry and accompanied that regiment to Fort Leavenworth. In 1841 he traveled through the West in what are now the states of Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. The following year he made another trip west and, in 1844, crossed the Snowy range when he made a record trip of 2,600 miles in ninety-nine days. The next year he was honorably discharged from the army and became superintendent of public works and forage master and was placed in charge of the government farm. In about a year he opened up a farm in Platte county, Missouri, and ran a sawmill, which supplied much of the lumber used at Leavenworth. He sold out and came to Leavenworth, in 1857; then went east, but returned and settled on a farm near Lansing, Kan., where he remained until 1881, when he bought a home in the city of Leavenworth. After leaving the employment of the government he entered the ministry, as pastor of the Christian church, established the first Christian church in Leavenworth and started another at Stranger, where he preached until 1897.
Alfred F. Yohe received his education in the public schools of Leavenworth and then entered the state university, at Lawrence, but left at the close of his junior year to study medicine. He entered Rush Medical School, Chicago, Ill., in 1886, and graduated two years later. He located in Leavenworth for the practice of his profession and also had many calls in Platte county, Missouri. He was appointed a member of the board of United States pension examiners in President Harrison's administration and subsequently became treasurer of the board. Dr. Yohe became one of the recognized leaders of his profession. He was a member of the staff of Cushing Hospital; the professor of anatomy and physiology at the Leavenworth Training School for Nurses; local physician of the Kansas City, St. Joseph & Council Bluffs Railroad Company, county physician for several years, and a member of the Eastern District Medical Society and of the Leavenworth Medical Society. In 1905 he was appointed physician of the United States penitentiary at Leavenworth, which position he now holds. All his life he has been interested in the public schools and the health of the children. He served two terms on the board of education and proposed many improvements in sanitation. In politics he is a Democrat, and in his church affiliations has adopted the faith of his father. Fraternally he is connected with the Knights of Pythias, the Fraternal Aid Association, Leavenworth Lodge, No. 2, Free and Accepted Masons; Leavenworth Chapter, No. 2, Royal Arch Masons; Leavenworth Commandery, No. 1, Knights Templar, and Abdallah Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. Dr. Yohe married Elizabeth I. Hook, daughter of Enos Hook, an old resident of Colorado.Pages 665-666 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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