Elmer L. Raynolds

DR. ELMER L. RAYNOLDS, elder son of Lewis D. Raynolds and the second oldest physician in point of practice at Mankato, has made rapid strides in his profesion since opening his office here in 1901, being now numbered among the leading physicians and surgeons of the county. He was born at Chariton, Iowa, August 27, 1868, and secured his early education in the public schools of Mankato, following which he attended the Western Normal College at Shenandoah, Iowa, from which he was graduated in 1888. Subsequently he was a student in the University of Nebraska at Lincoln for nearly two years, and he has attended three medical colleges at Kansas City, Missouri. In 1901 he was graduated from the Eclectic Medical College, with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. Since that time he has done post-graduate work at Kansas City on several occasions, and still continues to be a close and careful student of his profession, keeping fully abreast of its various and continued advancements. In 1901 Doctor Raynolds began the work of his calling at Mankato and since that time has built up a large, important and lucrative practice, his present offices being on Commercial Street. He owns his own residence on High Street, as well as much farming property in Jewell County, and is variously connected with business affairs. His standing in his profession is attested by the fact that he is secretary of the Jewell County Medical Society and that his fellow practitioners recognize in him a man who has the highest regard for the ethics and responsibilities of the medical profession, and he holds membership also in the Kansas State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. Independent in politics, he has not taken a very prominent part in public affairs, but has served his county in the capacity of health officer. As a fraternalist Doctor Raynolds belongs to Mankato Lodge No. 87, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Jewell Chapter No. 85, Royal Arch Masons, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of Pythias, the Modern Woodmen of America, the Ancient Order of United Workmen and the Knights of the Maccabees, in all of which he is deservedly popular.

In 1893, at Mankato, Kansas, Doctor Raynolds was united in marriage with Miss Jessie L. Forbes, daughter of D. C. and Nellie J. (Bentley) Forbes, both of whom are deceased. Mr. Forbes, who was a tailor by vocation, was a pioneer of Jewell County, coming in the early '80s, and previous to that time had been one of the earliest white residents of Thomas County. He died in 1901, at Mankato. Doctor and Mrs. Raynolds are the parents of two children: Lewis C., born December 4, 1894, is now a farmer and stockman of Mankato. He is a graduate of the Mankato High School. Helen J. was born May 5, 1902.


A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written & compiled by William E. Connelley, 1918, transcribed by Brent, student from USD 508, Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, December 1,1999

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