RAYMOND EDWIN TEALL, M. D. It is customary to regard the opportunities of professional life as somewhat restricted now as compared with former years, but the experience of such an able and enterprising physician as Dr. Raymond Edwin Teall stands as proof to the contrary.
He began the practice of medicine at Palco about eight years ago, and in that comparatively brief time has not only spread far abroad the reputation of his skill as a physician and surgeon but has gained a material success enviable from every point of view.
Doctor Teall has spent much of his life in Kansas. He was born at Pentwater, Michigan, May 8, 1884. His people have been largely of the pioneer class. His Teall ancestors were English and Swiss, and William Edwin Teall, his remote ancestor, settled in Pennsylvania in colonial times. Doctor Teall's grandfather was Edwin Teall, born in Pennsylvania in 1802. Tailoring was his trade, and he followed that business at Knoxville, Pennsylvania, and was the first tailor to locate in Pentwater, Michigan, where he died in 1890.
The father of Doctor Teall was Rev. E. H. Teall, whose distinctive service was as a minister of the Baptist Church. He did some splendid pioneer work for that denomination, and was connected with missions, the organizing of churches and the propagation of the gospel in many new and remote communities. Rev. Teall was born at Knoxville, Pennsylvania, in 1850, grew up and married there, and graduated from Colgate University at Hamilton, New York. The field of his preaching as a Baptist minister was in North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan, and in 1894 he came to Kansas and preached in McPherson, Larned, Oberlin and Norton, and he proved himself a man of great power and influence in extending the work and service of the Baptist Church in Kansas. He organized the Baptist Church at McPherson and also the one at Hutchinson. This good and saintly man died at Stella, Nebraska, in October, 1918. He was a prohibition republican in politics. He married Mary Jane Wolfe, who was born at Knoxville, Pennsylvania, in 1852, and is now living with her professional son at Palco. Doctor Teall was third in a family of five children. Lillian C., the oldest, died at Colorado Springs in 1904. Lewis was a shoe merchant in Larned, Kansas, and died in Kansas City, Missouri, December 25, 1917. Doctor Ralph, younger than Dr. R. E. Teall, was a dentist by profession and died at Lewiston, Idaho, in 1912. Gordon Horton is also a dentist, practicing at White Cloud, Kansas.
Raymond Edwin Teall received his education in the public schools of Larned, Kansas, graduating from the high school there in the class of 1902. Not long afterward he entered the University of Kansas, taking the literary course and receiving his A. B. degree in 1908. He then continued his work in the medical department of the University at Kansas City, graduating M. D. in 1910. The next year he spent as an interne in the Kansas City General Hospital. He is a member of the Nu Sigma Nu college fraternity.
In July, 1911, Doctor Teall began practice at Palco and has steadily devoted his time and energies to general practice, which has demanded the best of his abilities. He is health officer for Rooks County and is also mayor of Palco. Doctor Teall was compelled to borrow money in order to get started in a professional way, and was thus worse off than nothing when he came to Palco. While he is chiefly concerned with the work he has been able to do and the high standing he has attained in professional and civic circles, it is also a matter of congratulation that he has prospered in a material way. Some measure of that prosperity is found in his ownership of ten farms, comprising 1,600 acres, in Rooks and Graham counties. He is president of the Rooks County Medical Society, and is a member of the State Medical Society. In church fealty he is a Baptist, and he is affiliated with Paradise Lodge of Masons at Plainville, Kansas. In politics he votes as a republican.
In the fall of 1910, at Ottawa, Kansas, Doctor Teall married Miss Laura Tabitha Shinn, daughter of E. J. and Harriet (Wickard) Shinn. Her parents live at Ottawa, where her father is a retired business man. Doctor and Mrs. Teall have one daughter, Mary Virginia, born February 3, 1917.
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.,  leaves of plates): ill., maps (some fold.), ports.; 27 cm.
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