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Irven O. Buchtel. M. D. A physician and surgeon of the homeopathic school whose skill and abilities are widely appreciated over DeKalb County, Doctor Buchtel has practiced at Auburn many years and is a native of Northeast Indiana.

He was born at Ligonier August 6, 1862, a son of Charles C. and Sarah E. (Simmons) Buchtel. His parents were both natives of Stark County, Ohio, were married in that state, and coming to Indiana located in Ligonier, where they spent the rest of their lives. The father was a carpenter and contractor, was active in local affairs, serving as constable and member of the regulators, and was a democrat in politics, while his wife was a member of the Christian Church. Doctor Buchtel is one of six children and he has two brothers still living: S. E., a merchant at Knightstown, Indiana, and C. W., in business at Cleveland, Ohio.

Doctor Buchtel grew up at Ligonier, graduated from the high school there, and attended Buchtel College, now Akron University, in Ohio, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree and took his medical work in the Hahnemann Medical College in Chicago. He also had three years experience and training in New York City and one year in Chicago. Doctor Buchtel is a member of the State Institute of Homeopathy and the American Association of Orificial Surgeons. He is treasurer of the Auburn School Board, a democrat in politics, is a member of the Masonic lodge, the Commercial Club and a stockholder in the City National Bank of Auburn. April 28, 1889, Doctor Buchtel married Nettie E. Dowell. They have a daughter, Lucile, who has graduated from the Auburn High School and is at home.

("History of Northeast Indiana: LaGrange, Steuben, Noble and DeKalb Counties," Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1920)

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