DR. JAMES W. HENDERSON, one of the leading physicians of Labette City, Labette county, Kansas, is a highly respected citizen of that town. He enjoys a lucrative practice, and is known throughout the county. Dr. Henderson was born in Posey county, Indiana, in 1846, and is a son of William and Mourning (Ballard) Henderson.
William Henderson was born in Virginia, in 1804, and his death occurred in Posey county, Indiana, in 1849. His wife was born in Clinton county, Ohio, in 1814, and died in 1892, at Amo, Indiana. They reared two children: James, the subject of this sketch, and Sarah (Phillips), of Indiana.
Dr. James W. Henderson was but four years old when his mother moved to Clinton county, Ohio. In 1852 she went, with her family, to Hendricks county, Indiana, where the subject hereof received his early education. He graduated from the Indiana Medical College, at Indianapolis, in the class of 1876. From 1881 to 1884 Dr. Henderson was superintendent of the Indian schools of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. In 1884 he moved with his family to Labette county, Kansas, and located in Labette City, where he has since resided, and has practiced medicine continuously. He is an honest, upright and intelligent citizen, and has done much to better the condition of his town and county.
Dr. Henderson was united in marriage with Sarah Van Dyke, who was born in 1849, in Fillmore, Indiana. Her father was Quinton Van Dyke, who was born in 1812, in Kentucky, and died in 1884, in Tuscola, Illinois. His wife was Lucinda Brinton, a native of Kentucky, who was born in 1812, and died in Indiana, in 1870. They reared the following children, - Louisa (Ellis), deceased; Lorenzo, of Huron, Indiana; John, of Tuscola, Illinois; Wallis, of Indianapolis, Indiana; Nelson and Mary, deceased; Jennie, living in Ottumwa, Iowa; Sarah; and Clara (Coughlan).
Dr. Henderson and his wife have had three children, namely: Lena M., deceased; Mabel R., of Labette City; and Chester, deceased. Dr. Henderson is a Republican, in his political belief, and fraternally, is a member of Labette Lodge, No. 488, I. 0. 0. F.; Modern Woodmen of America; and Daughters of Rebekah. He is medical examiner for several insurance companies.
Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901
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