Early Physicians & Medical-Related Employees of
List compiled through censuses, Davis History of 1887, Clarion Co. Centennial celebration Publication of 1940, newspaper clippings, and obituary notices. (See additional info below for more on those listed)
ARMSTRONG, William J. — Sligo, Physician, 1883-1885. Died in Kane, Pa.
Dr. W.J. Armstrong Dead — Kane Republican, 13th inst: The sudden death of Dr. William J. Armstrong, one
of Kane's oldest and best known physicians, occurred at his home, 150 Greeves street, this morning at about 7:30
o'clock. He had suffered from heart ailment for the past four years, and during the past few months he failed very
rapidly, although he was able to continue his practice. He was around yesterday as usual, and when he left his
office in the Temple Pharmacy, last evening, shortly before 9 o'clock, he stated to J.H. Gillis that he had not felt as
well in a long time. He went to his home and shortly after his arrival there retired for the night. He evidently slept
well during the night, and while his wife did not go to his room upon arising, as she usually does, she heard him up
and around after she had gone downstairs to prepare him an eggnog, which he had been in the habit of taking as a
stimulant before arising. When she entered the room a few minutes later, she found her husband lying in bed,
unconscious, and apparently in a dying condition. She summoned Dr. Baker by phone, but before he could arrive
at the home the well known physician had passed peacefully away. William J. Armstrong was 61 years of age and
was born at Clarington, Forest County and was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. William Armstrong. He received his
education at Allegany College, Meadville, and later graduated in medicine from Bellevue college, New York, in
1883. He first practiced medicine at Sligo, Clarion county, for about two years, and then came to Kane in the fall
of 1885, where he has since resided. Aside from his professional life he took great interest in municipal affairs, and
was always ready to assist in any project that would prove beneficial to the city. He was at one time a member of
the school board. He was a devoted member of the First Methodist Episcopal church and since his residence here
two edifices have been erected, which he primarily assisted in financing, and at the same time acting as one of the
building committee. He was a member of Kane lodge, No. 566, F. & A.M., under whose direction the funeral will
probably be held, announcement of which will be made later. He is survived by his wife, three daughters and one
son; namely, Mrs. Bruce Wright of Manila, Philippine Islands; Miss Minnie, of Philadelphia, and Miss Clare, and
William of this city, all of whom were away at the time of their father's death. Two sisters also survive, Mrs. C.C.
Baker, of Erie and Mrs. Margaret Hutchinson, of Tylersburg. McKean Democrat, Smethport, McKean Co., Pa.
May 20, 1915.
...was born at Clarington, Forest Co., Penn. December 12, 1853, and is a son of William and Margaret (Hepler) Armstrong, former a native of England, latter of Germany. The subject of these lines completed his literary studies at Allegheny College, Meadville, Penn., from which he graduated in 1881, with the degree of A. B., and in 1884 he received the degree of A. M. He began the study of medicine with Dr. C. C. Baker, and in the winter of 1881-82 attended the University of Philadelphia, and winter of 1882-83 the Bellevue Hospital Medical College, of New York City, graduating from the latter in 1883. He first located at Sligo, Clarion Co., Penn., and January 1, 1886, removed to Kane, where he has built up a good practice. The Doctor is a member of Kane Lodge, No. 566, F. & A. M. He was married, in 1882, to Hattie A. Bell, and they have three children: Madge, Minnie and Clare. In politics Dr. Armstrong is a Republican. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Source: CHAPTER XXVIII. WETMORE TOWNSHIP AND BOROUGH OF KANE—CORYDON AND HAMILTON TOWNSHIPS. Pages 554 - 568
BECK, Addison L. — Piney, Druggist, 1880, son of James N. Beck
ADDISON L. BECK, druggist, was born near Curllsville, Clarion Co., Penn., February 5, 1859, and is a son of
Dr. J. N. and Ella (Boyles) Beck, the former a native of Centre County, and his wife of Clarion County, Penn. Dr.
Beck practiced medicine in Curllsville till 1873, when he removed to Sligo in the same county, where he continued
practice until 1881, being actively engaged in his profession for a period of twenty-two years. In December, 1874,
Addison L. went into the drug business in Sligo and carried on the same until 1882, when he sold out and came to
Sharon in August of that year. He purchased his present store and has since done a successful business, devoting a
portion of his time to chemical analysis. His parents joined him in the spring of 1884, his father assisting in the
drug store until his death in June, 1888. In 1885-86 our subject attended the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy,
taking a special course in chemistry, in addition to the regular studies, and was graduated in the class of 1886-87.
In a class numbering 148 Mr. Beck was awarded three of nine prizes given for merit, and was named as
distinguished in the contest for the Proctor prize of a gold medal. He was awarded half of the H. C. Lea prize of
$100 for the best thesis; the chemistry prize of an analytical balance for original quantitative analysis; and the
theoretical pharmacy prize of a fine prescription balance and certificate for the best examination in theoretical
pharmacy. Mr. Beck was married January 30, 1884, to Miss Julia E. Lowe, of Sligo, Penn., of which union one
son, Harold, has been born. Mr. Beck is a Republican, a member of the P. H. C. and N. U., and with his wife
belongs to the Presbyterian Church. History of Mercer County, 1888, page 706
BECK, James N. — Curllsville in 1870. Sligo, Physician, pre 1887
BROWN, James A. — Piney, Physician 1880
COULTER, Nathaniel — Sligo, Druggist, 1900
State Pharmaceutical Examining Board: Coulter, N.S.... Sligo.... Clarion Co. Source: Annual Report of
the State Board of Health and Vital Statistics of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania By
Pennsylvania State Board of Health and Vital Statistics. Published by State Printer, 1900
ERICKSON, Ray — Sligo, mid 1900’s
FISHER, Dr. — Sligo, Physician, 1887-1880
GOHEEN, B.F. — Curllsville 1890s
Dr. B.F. Goheen, an eminent physician of Parker, Pa., and who was born and raised in this county and who
followed his profession at Curllsville and New Bethlehem, died on November 3rd last, his remains were buried at
New Bethlehem. Source: Republican Gazette 11/13/1896.
HESSON, ROBERT L. — Robert L. Hesson, of Philadelphia, class 1884, died at Curllsville, Clarion County, Pa., May 25, 1885. Source: American journal of pharmacy, Volume 61 by Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science 1889
HOWE, Dr. — Curllsville, Physician, abt 1850
KETNER, William A. — Sligo, Dr. of Osteopathy, 1930
W.A. Ketner, D.O. -- Dr. W.A. Ketner of Clarion is a life-long resident of this county. He was born July 21, 1904 in Clarion County, Pennsylvania, the son of William H. and Flora Burns Ketner. A graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathy in 1927, he has spent his professional career in this county opening his practice in Sligo before moving to Clarion. Dr. Ketner was instrumental in establishing the first, and so far the only, hospital in Clarion County when the Clarion Osteopathic Hospital was opened in June of 1954. He is still serving on the Hospital Board. He is also head of the obstetrical department of the hospital. However, his activities are not confined to medicine. He is a worker in his community as a member of the First Methodist Church and the Clarion Lions Club. He is also a mason with memberships in its affiliated bodies, the Clarion Chapter, Blue Lodge of St. Petersburg No. 520, the Knights Templer of Oil City, the Coudersport Consistory, and the Syria Shrine Temple in Pittsburgh. He also belongs to the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Association and the American Osteopathic Association. Married to the former Wilda Pauline Hindman, they have four children, Gwendolyn Ketner Burnsed, Cuyhoga Falls, Ohio born May 16, 1926; Dr. Donald W. Ketner of Detroit, Michigan, born March 1, 1928; Dr. Gerald M. Ketner, also of Detroit, born February 18, 1932, and Janet Ketner Hendricks of Cleveland, Ohio, born July 31, 1936. The Ketners have twelve grandchildren. Source: Reproduction of Caldwell's Illustrated Atlas of Clarion County Pennsylvania 1877 with supplemental data to 1964. Limited edition edited by Record Press, Rimersburg, PA. Page 231. Contributed by Pat Wiencek.
CLARION - Dr. William A. Ketner, well known local physician, has been named to serve on the Board of directors of the First National Bank in Clarion. The announcement was made at a meeting of the stockholders Tuesday afternoon. Dr. Ketner has been practicing his profession in Clarion for the past 24 years, coming here from Sligo where he. first began his practice in 1928. Dr. Ketner is a son of the late William H. Ketner and Mrs. Ketner, who resides at South Seventh Ave., Clarion. He was born on the farm of his parents in Monroe Township, Clarion County near Reidsburg. Dr. Ketner attended the elementary schools of Monroe Township, graduated from Sligo High School, then attended Thiel College at Greenville for a lime before entering the Philadelphia College of Osteopathy. He was graduated from the Philadelphia institution in 1927. His spacious office rooms in Clarion are located in the former home of the late Dr. J. T. Rimer, at the corner of Seventh Ave and Wood St. Dr. Ketner was one of the founders of the Clarion Osteopathic Community Hospital, is a member of the staff of the hospital, and was also one of the hospital incorporators. He is associated with the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Association and the American Osteopathic Association. He is a member of the St. Petersburg Masonic lodge; Syria Shrine in Pittsburgh and the Coudersport Consistory of Coudersport. He is also a member of the Clarion Lions Club and the Methodist church of Clarion. Mrs. Ketner was the former Wilda Hindman and the Ketner’s have two sons and two daughters. They are Dr. Donald Ketner, of Detroit, Mich., who specializes in orthopedic surgery and Max a senior at Philadelphia College of Osteopathy. Their daughters are Mrs. James (Gwendolyn) Burnsed, Cuyahoga Falls, 0., and Mrs. William (Janet) Hendricks, Danville. The Derrick (Oil City, Pa) Thursday, jan 12, 1961. Pg 5 via Paul Kifer.
MAST, Jacob — Piney, Dr. of Medicine, 1860 at age 23. Union soldier, and was killed in the battle of the Wilderness
McAULEY, AULEY — Sligo, Physician, pre 1887-1894
Dr. Auley McAuley died suddenly at his residence in Sligo, this county, on Friday morning. He was a good physician and his services were sought near and far, but unfortunately he was addicted to the use of intoxicants, and his demise is ascribed to alcoholism. It is said that he took the Keely treatment, and a permanent cure was supposed to have been effected in his case, but that afterward, while on a visit to this place, he was bantered by an acquaintance to take a drink of liquor, and was thus led to again plunge into the dark abyss of intemperance. He was about 40 years of age and leaves a wife and three children. (Clarion Democrat 8/9/1894)
Dr. Auley McCauley of Sligo died last Friday morning, it is said, from an overdose of morphine, taken to induce sleep, and from which he never awakened. He was an excellent physician, aged about 40 years. A wife and three children survive him. (Clarion Jacksonian 8/9/1894)
Dr. A. McCauley, a prominent physician of Sligo, died very suddenly on Friday morning of last week. He had been unwell, but not seriously sick, for some time previous, and his death was a surprise to all. He was about 40 years of age, and leaves a wife and two children to mourn his demise. His funeral took place on Sunday at Rimersburg. (Republican Gazette 8/9/1894)
McDOWELL, Ephraim [operated until 3 months prior to his death]...His last operation was performed
at Sligo, Clarion County, Pa., May 31, 1878. This was his three hundred and eighty-seventh case of
ovariotomy. As an operator, he was cool and fully prepared for all emergencies. He avoided a needless
array, and although having a full reserve of instruments, used but a few. His friend, Professor Gross, in
speaking of this says: "With the knife, he was, in his particular line, facile princeps. He appreciated the
aphorism of Desault, that simplicity is the perfection of an operation. He rarely used more than one
scalpel, one bistoury, one pair of forceps, one pair of scissors, and one needle. He had a just horror of
display. The duties having been duly assigned to his assistants, everything proceeded as silently as
possible, with the regularity of clockwork. Always self-possessed, his eye never quailed, his hand never
trembled." There was a remarkable originality displayed in his operations, a striking instance of which
may be seen in his operation for the removal of uterine fibroids. Source: Biography of Ephraim
McDowell, M.D. by Mary Young Ridenbaugh 1897 p 5-6
Dr. C. H. Miller Of Sligo Dies In His Home Monday — SLIGO — Dr. Connell Hutchison Miller died at 11:25 p.m. Monday at his home in Sligo. Born in Sligo July 21, 1907, his parents were Dr. John B. Miller and May Leone Hutchison Miller He was married March 14, 1941 to Nettie Pearl Stewart. Dr. Miller had been practicing as a physician from 1934 to his death. Surviving are his wife and six cousins. Dr. Miller graduated from Kiski Prep School, Washington-Jefferson College, the Jefferson Medical College and interned in WestPenn Hospital in Pittsburgh. He served with the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946 as a major in the Medical Corps. Dr. Miller had been past president and past secretary of the Clarion County Medical Society. At the time of his death he was a trustee and counselor of the Pennsylvania Medical Society and a member of the Pennsylvania Medical Educational Fund Committee. He belonged to the Canby Lodge, F. and A.M. at St. Petersburg and to the Coudersport Consistory. He was a member of the Syria Shrine, Pittsburgh and a charter member and the first commander to the Sligo American Legion Post. He belonged to the Rimersburg VFW. He was a member and trustee of the First Presbyterian Church in Sligo. Dr. Miller was well known and respected in medical circles. Friends are being received tonight and tomorrow at the family home. Services will be at the family home at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Rev. James Cummings of the Sligo Church will officiate. Burial will be in the Sligo Cemetery. The Masonic Order will have services at 7:30 p.m. today. Pallbearers will be Dr. Clinton Coulter of Parker, Dr. Charles Huston of Knox, Dr. Edward Keeling of Clarion, Dr. David Miller of New Bethlehem, Dr. Donald Brideland of Rimersburg and Dr. Fred Stahlman of Clarion. The Derrick, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 1963
MILLER, John B. — Sligo, Physician (Gen. Practice) 1907-1930
Clarion County Society. (organized May 5, 1865) — President...John B. Miller, Sligo.
Source: The Pennsylvania Medical Journal by Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania; Published
by Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania, 1907
NEWELL, John T.C. — John T. C. was a graduate of Worcester College, and also was graduated from the Baltimore Medical College in 1880, and is practicing in Curllsville, Clarion county. Source: Clarion County Pennsylvania Brief Personal Sketches & Biographies 1887, biography of David A. Rimer.
RANKIN, John M. (b 1792) — Piney, Physician, 1850-1960 (Doctor of PP)
REICHARD, William—Sligo/Curllsville, Physician, pre 1887
RIMER, Dr.—Curllsville, Physician, abt 1850
SHINDLEDECKER, Anna — Piney, Nurse, 1880
SILVIS, Frank P. — Sligo, Dentist, 1923-1972
Sligo Dentist Retires — SLIGO - When Dr. Frank Silvis ended his dental practice Saturday after practicing for 49
years in Sligo, the community no longer had a dentist to call its own. Dr. Silvis, a life-long Sligo native, offered
his equipment free of charge to the University of Pittsburgh Dental School to anyone who wanted to set up a
practice in Sligo. But there has been no response. The 1919 Clarion Normal School graduate and his wife have
one son, Richard, who is a physician in New York City. The 72 year old retired dentist is a member of the IOOF,
Sligo Lodge 365 and F&AM Clarion Lodge. 4/7/1972 The Derrick
SPENCER, George W. —Curllsville 1870. Sligo 1900
Sligo, Clarion, 505. Spencer, G.W. (R) Uni. Md., 76 Physicians and Dentists' Directory of the States of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
Spencer, Dr. George W. Callensburg p. o., Licking, was a son of John and Sus (Fogell) Spencer, and was born in Hampshire County, Pa., in 1842 ; was brought up until reaching manhood in Harrrison County, W. Va. He commenced the study of medicine in 1859, and was graduated from the Eclectic College of Cincinnati in 1868, and from the Cincinnati College of Medicine and Surgery in 1872, and from the medical department of the University of Maryland, at Baltimore, in 1876, and after that settled in Clarion County in 1865, some hundred dollars in debt, but is now estimated to be worth some thirty thousand dollars, and owns three hundred acres in Piney township, and fourteen lots in Callensburg. He was married in 1866 to Mary E. Wilson, a daughter of Robert M. Wilson. They have had one child—Leslie R., born in 1871. Source: Clarion County Pennsylvania Brief Personal Sketches & Biographies 1887
SPENCER, Robert Leslie —Sligo, Physician 1900-1910
Alumni Directory, University of Pittsburgh: Spencer, Robert Leslie, MD., 1892. Sligo, Clarion Co.,
Sligo, Clarion, 505. Spencer, R.L. (R) Western Pa., Col., 92. Physicians and Dentists' Directory of
the States of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
Note: Husband of Parepa Rosa (Craig) Spencer.
WOODS, Dr. George Brinton McClellan —Curllsville, Physician, about 1850
George was reared on a farm and remained there until the age of 19, when he engaged in teaching in the public
schools of his own district, during vacations attending the Clarion Collegiate Institute at Rimersburg. When 22
years of age he began attending lectures at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Baltimore, Maryland, with
honors, being granted a gold medal, the third memorial prize, and located in the practice at Leatherwood, where he
remained two and a half years, then went to Curllsville, where he remained successfully engaged in active practice.
He was an enterprising and progressive citizen, and was up with the times in all he undertook. Politically, he was a
Democrat, and while not aspiring for office, filled several of the minor local offices, as school Director and
Auditor, deeming it a duty as a citizen to yield to the expressed desire of his fellow townsmen. Socially, he was a
member of the Knights of Maccabees. Source: Wayne Hepler