Wilhelm E. Regier

WILHELM E. REGIER, M. D. The courageous, investigating attitude of the Twentieth Century is nowhere more forcibly shown than in the ranks of the exponents of medical science. The tendency of the modern scientific physician to avoid, above all things, a hasty jumping to conclusions or too ready dependence upon formulae, is serving to destroy ancient delusions, thereby placing the health of the nation in the hands of reasoners and independent thinkers. In this class of rational thinkers belongs Wilhelm E. Regier, M. D., whose opportunities along professional lines have been numerous and whose use of the same has made him an important factor in connection with professional circles at Whitewater and in Butler County for a number of years.

Doctor Regier was born at Elbing, Butler County, Kansas, November 20, 1882, and is a son of Rev. J. W. and Agathe (Dyck) Regier. His grandfather was Abraham Regier, who was born in 1816, near Marienburg, West Prussia, Germany, and was there engaged in farming until 1880, in which year he immigrated to the United States and settled near Elbing, Kansas, where he spent the last years of his life in retirement and died in 1889. J. W. Regier was also born near Marienburg, where he was reared and educated, and when twenty-seven years of age, in 1876, came to the United States and located first at Mount Pleasant, Iowa. After a short time he came as a pioneer of 1877 to Kansas and settled at what is now the town of Elbing, and which was given the same name as a large city not far from where Mr. Regier had been born. For about thirteen years he was engaged in agricultural pursuits in that locality, but in 1890 became a minister of the Mennonite faith, and since then has been engaged in preaching. In 1909 he removed to his present home at Newton, Kansas. He is a republican but not a politician, his entire time being given to his ministerial labors. Reverend Regier married Agathe Dyck, who was born January 17, 1852, in Prussia, Germany, and died at Newton, Kansas, in 1912. They became the parents of four children, as follows: John L., who is engaged in farming near Elbing, Kansas; Dr. Wilhem E.; Henry R., who is a farmer near Elbing; and Helen A., who is the wife of Arthur J. Richert, a merchant of Newton.

The early education of Wilhelm E. Regier was secured in the rural schools of Butler County, Kansas, and his boyhood was passed on his father's farm, where he assisted the elder man until he was sixteen years old. He was then sent to Bethel College, Newton, Kansas, where he pursued a full course of four years and was graduated in 1903, at that time taking up his professional studies in the University Medical College at Kansas City, Missouri, from which institution he was graduated in 1907 with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. Doctor Regier did not give up his studies when he left college, but has continued to be a close student and investigator, and in 1913 took post-graduate work at the Illinois Post-Graduate Medical School at Chicago. His professional career was commenced at Elbing, where he continued in practice from 1907 until 1910, in which latter year he changed his field of practice to Harper, and was a resident of that city until 1913. He then returned to Butler County, and has since been engaged in a general medical and surgical practice at Whitewater, his offices being in the Smith Building on Main Street. He keeps in touch with the latest developments in medical science, and a large and lucrative patronage has rewarded his conscientious devotion to his profession, while he enjoys to a large degree the confidence and esteem of the general public. He belongs to the Harvey County Medical Society, the Kansas Medical Society and the American Medical Association. He is independent in his political views, and his religious faith is that of the Mennonite Church. Doctor Regier has all the elements of pronounced success and should reap the most splendid compensations of his fascinating and ever-widening profession.

On December 26, 1907, Doctor Regier was married at Newton, Kansas, to Miss Elizabeth Schmutz, daughter of Christian and Mary (Dahlen) Schmutz, retired residents of Newton. Doctor and Mrs. Regier have no children.


A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written & compiled by William E. Connelley, 1918, transcribed by Reed Spence, student from USD 508, Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, January 26, 2000.

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