George W. B. Beverley

GEORGE W. B. BEVERLEY, M. D. A resident physician and surgeon at Alma since 1903, Doctor Beverley is an Englishman by birth and secured his early training and his professional qualifications in some of the best schools of that country.

His birth occurred in the county or shire of Hereford, England, August 27, 1872. He was christened George William Bertram Beverley. His father, Addison Beverley, spent his life as an English farmer and stock man. He was born in Yorkshire in 1840 and died in Somersetshire in March, 1916. He became widely known as a breeder and raiser of the famous pedigreed white faced cattle and his cattle were frequently exhibited and were sold throughout the British Empire. During his later years he served as justice of the peace in Somersetshire, presiding at Long Ashton sessions. In matters of politics he was originally a conservative and later became a liberal. He was a leading member of the Church of England and served as warden for many years. Addison Beverley married Elizabeth Bray, who was born in Hereford County, England, in 1840, and died in Somerset in April, 1917. Of their children Dr. George Beverley is the only one living in the United States. Ethel May, the oldest, resides in Somerset County, but is now employed in Red Cross work in a war hospital. Elizabeth Alice Gertrude died at the age of twenty-four in Somerset County. Brenda Marguerite is the wife of Charles B. Turner, the latter being an expert in a munition factory and their home is at Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset County. The fourth among the children is Doctor Beverley of Alma Addison Ernest, the next in age, was formerly connected with a bank at Four Oaks in Birmingham, England, but is now in the heavy artillery service in the war. Kenneth Harold lives at Barnsley in Yorkshire and is a physician and surgeon on army duty. Evelyn Ida, the youngest, is unmarried, a resident of Somerset County and a trained nurse now on war duty.

Doctor Beverley was educated in the public schools of Hereford County, England, attended a boys' academy known as the Lucton School in the same county, and took his collegiate work in the University of Bristol. In 1897 he graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of London with the degrees M. R. C. S. and L. R. C. P. Besides the thorough training implied in the possession of these degrees Doctor Beverley was for one year engaged in hospital work at Bristol. In 1899 he came to America, living at Montreal, Canada, from November until March, 1900, and then located in Kansas City, Missouri. From there he moved to Alma, Kansas, in 1903, and for the past fourteen years has been busily engaged in looking after a large general medical and surgical practice. His offices are in the Carroll Building and he also owns his home in Alma. Doctor Beverley served as coroner several years and county physician two years in Wabaunsee County. He is quite active in local republican politics, being chairman of the Republican County Central Committee.

His church affiliation is the Congregational, and he is a member of Alma Lodge No. 161, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Topeka Consistory No. 1 of the Scottish Rite, of Alma Lodge No. 76, Ancient Order of United Workmen, and the Alma Tent of the Knights of the Maccabees. Doctor Beverley is a member in good standing of the Kansas State Medical Society.

In 1898, at Bristol, England, he married Miss Agnes Louise Gray, a native of Oxford, England. They have three children: Gertrude Addison, a senior in the Alma High School; Dorothy Agnes, a junior in high school; and Jean Elizabeth, a pupil in the grammar school.


A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, copyright 1918; transcribed 1997.
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