PAUL J. O'CONNELL, M. D., belongs to the younger members of the younger members of the professional ranks of Rosedale, Kansas, where, by reason of his school life acquaintance and the special preparation he has made for the work upon which he has entered, he has peculiar advantage and already is enjoying marked success.
Paul J. O'Connell was born in Miami county, Kansas, August 25, 1887, a son of John J. and Mary (Shine) O'Connell, since 1891 residents of Rosedale. John J. O'Connell is a native of Missouri, he having been born in Kansas City, March 20, 1862, and in his early life farmed on what is now a part of that great city. Subsequently he farmed in Miami county, Kansas, where he remained until 1890. That year he returned to Kansas City, Missouri, and the following year took up his residence in Rosedale, where he engaged in constructing sewers, and as a contractor in this line of activity became a prominent factor in the town. Politically he has always affiliated with the Democratic party. In religion he is a Catholic, and he also belongs to numerous fraternal organizations, including the Knights of Columbus, Knights of Father Mathew, Knights and Ladies of Security, and the Modern Woodmen of America. While in Miami county he served as a member of the school board. It was in Miami county, November 17, 1886, that he married, and of the six children born to him and his wife only two are living, Paul J. and Marie, both at home.
At the time the O'Connell family moved to Rosedale Paul J. was a small boy. Here he grew up, receiving his early training in the common and high schools. After his graduation from the high school he was sent to St. Mary's College, from which he received his diploma in 1905. The following year he entered the University Medical College, where he graduated in 1910, and that same year passed the examination of the Kansas State Board, receiving highest honors in that test. Thus equipped for his life work, he opened an office at Rosedale, where he started out in a professional career replete with bright prospects. He is examining physician for the following fraternal organizations, in which he has membership: Knights of Father Mathew, Knights and Ladies of Security, Woodmen of the World, Fraternal Aid and Life Annuity.
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