Anthony Wayne Fairchild

ANTHONY WAYNE FAIRCHILD, M. D. The work which he has done as a member of the medical profession in Fall River has already attracted much attention to Doctor Fairchild, whose attainments and abilities are much above the average. Not only does a large clientage esteem him for his services, but his wife, Mrs. Fairchild, is likewise a graduate physician and has a considerable practice, specializing in diseases of the eye.

The Fairchild family originated in England, coming to America in Colonial times. Doctor Fairchild's grandfather was Minor Fairchild, who was born in Pennsylvania in 1818, and became a pioneer farmer in Missouri. He died in Chariton County of the latter state in 1899. Minor Fairchild married Miss Goodwin, who was born in Pennsylvania and died in St. Charles County, Missouri.

Dr. Anthony Wayne Fairchild was born at Wentzville, Missouri, June 1, 1878. His father is H. W. Fairchild, who was born in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, in 1851, but when a young man came with his parents to Wentzville, Missouri. He was married at Wentzville to Miss Emma Hines, also a native of Bradford County, Pennsylvania, where she was born in 1850. H. W. Fairchild followed school teaching and farming for many years, but finally removed to the City of St. Louis, where he was in the insurance buYiness and subsequently became a merchant. He now lives at St. Louis and has a farm outside the city limits. He is a republican, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and is affiliated with the Junior Order of United American Mechanics. He and his wife have the following children: Ida, who is unmarried and lives with her parents; Doctor Fairchild; Carl M., who is chief rate clerk for the International and Great Northern Railway at Houston, Texas; Nellie married John B. Tremayne, who is in the ticket auditing department of the Frisco Railroad at St. Louis. their home being at 62413 Magnolia Street in that city; Tracy E., who also resides at 6240 Magnolia Street, St. Louis, is a bonding clerk for the Frisco Railway; Roy is a clerk in the office of the Southern Pacific Railway at Houston, Texas.

Doctor Fairchild received his early education in the public schools of Missouri, graduating from St. Louis High School in 1896. His first practical experience in the world was as clerk in a grocery store. He left that business in 1898 to enlist in the Sixteenth United States Infantry for service in the Spanish-American war. Unlike most of the volunteers during that brief period of hostilities he saw some actual service on the battle front. He was with his command for ten months, was first sent to Tampa, Florida, thence to Cuba and was a participant in the three days heavy fighting on San Juan Hill and also was in the two days battle at Santiago.

After the war Doctor Fairchild returned to St. Louis, again worked as clerk in grocery stores, but having definitely decided to become a physician he was careful of saving his means and concentrating his efforts upon the study of medicine. He entered Barnes Medical College in 1909. This institution was afterward combined with the American Medical College, making the National University of Arts and Science. Doctor Fairchild was graduated with the degree M. D. in 1913. The same year he began practice at St. Louis, but in September, 1914, came to Fall River, Kansas. He handles a general medical and surgical practice, with offices in the Bank of Fall River Building. He also owns his home in the southern part of town; and has a farm of eighty acres in Chariton County, Missouri.

Doctor Fairchild is an active member of the Wilson County Medical Society and the Kansas State Medical Society. He is a member of Walker-Jennings Camp No. 4 of the Spanish-American veterans. Politically he acts independently. In Masonry he is affiliated with perhaps the oldest lodge in the Middle West, Missouri Lodge No. 1, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, which on October 8, 1916, celebrated its hundredth anniversary. The home of this lodge is St. Louis. He is past chancellor commander of Zulema Lodge No. 321 of the Knights of Pythias at St. Louis, and is a member and medical examiner for Fall River Camp No. 5222 of the Modern Woodmen of America.

On December 28, 1908, at Defiance, Missouri, Doctor Fairchild married Miss Statella Fluesmier, daughter of Lewis and Catherine Fluesmier. Her father is a farmer at Defiance, Missouri, and her mother is now deceased. Mrs. Fairchild was born at Defiance, Missouri, was educated in the public schools there, took a high school course at Valparaiso, Indiana, and was graduated from Valparaiso University as a pharmacist, with the degree of Ph. G. In 1908 she completed her course in Barnes Medical College and received the M. D. degree, and has since been in active practice, being now associated with her husband, though mainly specializing in the treatment of diseases of the eye. Doctor and Mrs. Fairchild have two children: Wayne Wadsworth, born June 17, 1912, and Ima Thais, born September 3, 1916.


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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