WILLIAM DAVID HOGE, M.D., a well known medical practitioner of Rayland, O., and a lifelong resident of Jefferson County, was born June 1, 1862, on his father's farm near Mt. Pleasant, O., and is a son of Kenworthy and Eliza (Comly) Hoge.
Kenworthy Hoge was a native of Virginia and on account of being opposed to slavery came to Ohio in 1861, and settled on farm land in Pleasant Township, near Mt. Pleasant. His declining years were spent at Martin's Ferry, O., where he died in 1904 aged seventy-three years. He was first united in marriage with Emily Pettit, who died in Virginia, leaving two children: James C. and Mary, deceased. His second union was with Eliza Comly, who was born near Smithfield, Jefferson County, Ohio, a daughter of David Comly, who was one of the pioneers of the county. She died in 1866 leaving one child, William D., the subject of this record. Mr. Hoge subsequently married Sallie A. Jones and of their union were born three children: Ernest K.; Leila, who married Prof. E. A. Bedford; and Emily, who is the wife of Ira Sedwick.
William D. Hoge grew to man's estate on his father's farm and after an elementary education in the public schools at Mt. Pleasant, O., attended college at Adrian, Mich. In 1886 he became a student at the Western Reserve at Cleveland and graduated from the medical department in 1889. That same year he embarked in the practice of his profession at Rayland, O., and subsequently took a post-graduate course at the New York Polyclinic. He is a member of the County, State and American Medical Societies and is fraternally identified with the Masons and the Odd Fellows. In Politics he is an ardent Republican.
Dr. Hoge was married November 20, 1902, to Laura Edna Hodgens, a daughter of Robert W. and Anna (Walker) Hodgens, the former of whom is deceased. Dr. and Mrs. Hoge are members of the Prebyterian Church.