HARRY M. STILL, O. P.

Source: Album of Genealogy and Biography, Cook County, Illinois with Portraits 3rd ed. revised and extended (Chicago: Calumet Book & Engraving Co., 1895), pp. 103-104

HARRY MIX STILL, O. P., who has recently attained a remarkable degree of celebrity through the practice of the great modern school of medicine known as Osteopathy, was born on the 26th of May, 1867, near Lawrence, Kansas, a locality famous at that time for the scenes of strife and bloodshed which had been enacted there during and just preceding the great Civil War.  This city, which is now one of the most peaceful and orderly towns to be found in the West, is widely known as “the Athens of Kansas,” and noted for its handsome buildings and intelligent people.

The subject of this notice is a son of Dr. Andrew T. Still, whose biography, as well as an extended genealogy of the family, appears elsewhere in this volume.

Harry M. Still was about seven years of age when the family located at Kirksville, Mo.  After completing the course of study at the public school, he became a student at the State Normal School, located in that city.  His general precocity and natural aptitude for the healing art were noticeable from an early age, and upon attaining his majority he became a student and the leading assistant of his father, who was then engaged in developing the science of osteopathy.  He was the first graduate of the American School of Osteopathy at Kirksville, after the institution was chartered, in 1893, and was immediately installed as one of the instructors therein.  This position he held for the next three years, and during two years of this time he was one of the examining physicians of the school.  The rapid development of this science required his father’s presence at other points during the greater part of this period, and the management of the institution devolved largely upon our subject.  He also took an active part in founding branch establishments at other points, and was one of the pioneers in introducing this art at Minneapolis, Kansas City, St. Louis and other places, and still retains an interest in the infirmary at the last-named city.  His fame rapidly spread to places which he had never visited, and the demand for his services by people in Cook County soon made it necessary for him to visit Chicago at regular intervals, and in the spring of 1895, at the solicitation of many of the citizens of that city and Evanston, he became permanently located here.   He makes his home at the latter place and maintains offices in both cities.  He is assisted by Doctors Steele and McConnell and several other skilled operators, all of whom are graduates of the American School of Osteopathy at Kirksville, the only institution of the kind in the world; but so great is the reputation already acquired for this system of treatment that their combined services are taxed to the utmost to attend the patients who daily throng their offices.  These being the only places east of the Mississippi River where the science of osteopathy is practiced, their patronage cannot fail to increase as fast as the unparalleled success of their system of treatment becomes known to the people.

Dr. Still was married, October 7, 1892, to Miss Nannie Miller, daughter of Lighter and Fannie Miller, of Nevada, Missouri.  Mrs. Still was born at Lexington, Kentucky.  The Doctor devotes his time almost exclusively to his professional work, and finds little opportunity for social recreation.  He is identified with the Knights of Pythias lodge at Kirksville, and has always been a stanch Republican in political sentiment, though he sagely declines every overture of his friends to enlist him in the strife for official honors.

                                -- Submitted on February 26, 2000 by Sherri Hessick ( shessick@flash.net )