Transcribed from A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. [Revised ed.] Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1919, c1918. 5 v. (xlviii, 2530 p., [155] leaves of plates): ill., maps (some fold.), ports.; 27 cm.


William G. LeRew

` WILLIAM G. LeREW, M. D. More than twenty-five years ago the little community of Glade in Phillips County welcomed the arrival of a young and competent physician in the person of Dr. William G. LeRew who has steadily practiced medicine in that community ever since. He is the only physician of the town and confines himself largely to consulting and office practice. Like most of the business and professional men of Northern and Western Kansas, Doctor LeRew is a farm owner and has a practical interest in the growing of crops and livestock.

He is a native of Pennsylvania, born in York County February 1, 1863. His ancestors came from France and were colonial settlers around Charleston, South Carolina. His grandfather, Isaac LeRew, was born near York, Pennsylvania, in 1802, spent all his life there as a farmer and died in 1873. His wife was Elizabeth Pentz, who died at their home near York about 1833.

Lewis LeRew, father of Doctor LeRew, was born in York County in 1832. He grew up on his father's farm there, adopted agriculture, and also followed the trade of carpenter. In 1854, when the organization of Nebraska Territory was the pivot of discussion in Congress, he went west to what is now Omaha and entered a homestead. Later he returned to Pennsylvania and during the Civil war was employed in the ordnance department at Fortress Monroe. He identified himself with Kansas as a homesteader at Portis in 1874, lived on his quarter section for thirty years and then retired to Portis, where he died February 2, 1913. He was a republican and a member and an elder in the Dunkard Church.

Lewis LeRew married Lydia Jane Walker, who was born in York County, Pennsylvania, in 1836, and died at Conway, Arkansas, July 1, 1918. Doctor LeRew was their only son and the oldest of four children. His sister Mary A. is the wife of Edward R. Griever, a farmer at Conway, Arkansas; Clara E. married John Rancier, and Lucy M. married Alfred Johnson, both of whom are fruit growers at Raisin, California.

Doctor LeRew was eleven years old when his parents came to Kansas. The education begun in Nebraska was continued in the public schools of Smith County, Kansas. He also attended Gould College at Harlan, Kansas, and the Mount Morris Academy at Mount Morris, Illinois. His early adult life was devoted to teaching. He was connected with the schools of Smith County five years and for two years taught in Coos County, Oregon. While in Oregon he took up the study of medicine, and in 1892 graduated M. D. from the Northwestern College at St. Joseph, Missouri. In 1896 he pursued post-graduate work in the Central Medical College at St. Joseph, now the Emsworth Medical College. His first practical work in he profession was done at Portis in 1892, but in July of that year he removed to Glade. He owns his office building on Main Street and keeps a complete stock of drugs for all his practice. For twenty years he was a member of the United States Pension Examining Board. His farming is done on 260 acres near Glade, where he raises grain and livestock. He lives in town, where he built a modern home in 1904. He is a member of the county and state medical societies and the American Medical Association. Fraternally he is affiliated with Phillipsburg Lodge of Masons, Kirwin Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, Phillipsburg Commandery, Knights Templar, and Salina Temple of the Mystic Shrine. He also belongs to Glade Camp, Modern Woodmen of America, and in politics is a republican.

In 1893, at Portis, Kansas, Doctor LeRew married Miss Mary A. Hershey, a native of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. They have three children. Reland R. Wilson, whose husband, Charles P., went to France with the Three Hundred Fifty-second Infantry, Eighty-eighth Division, and participated in some of the terrific assaults which brought the German army to submission in the closing weeks of 1918. Esco B., the second child and only son, helps on his father's farm, and the youngest is Irene, still in school.


Transcribed from A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. [Revised ed.] Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1919, c1918. 5 v. (xlviii, 2530 p., [155] leaves of plates): ill., maps (some fold.), ports.; 27 cm.

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