SAMUEL S. GLASSCOCK, M. D. - As founder and proprietor of the Grand View Sanitarium, in Kansas City, Kansas, Dr. Glasscock has provided one of the noble institutions of the state, and its facilities and management are of the best modern standard. Under his able direction this sanitarium has attained to high reputation and of its privileges many from Kansas and neighboring states have availed themselves, with the result that they have regained that greatest of boons, good health. The Doctor is recognized as a man of the highest professional attainments and as a gentleman whose character dignifies and honors the exacting vocation which he has adopted as his life work and in which his success has been of unequivocal order.
Dr. Samuel S. Glasscock was born in Ray county, Missouri, on the 13th of April, 1862, and is a son of Archibald and Rachel (Titus) Glasscock, of whose five children three are now living. The father was born in Tennessee in 1822, and in 1832 his parents moved thence to Missouri, of which state they became pioneers and in which they passed the remainder of their lives. There Archibald Glasscock was reared and educated and his active career was one of close and duly successful identification with the great basic industry of agriculture. Both he and his wife continued to reside in Ray county, Missouri, until their death, and both were summoned to the life eternal in the year 1898, even as both were born in 1822, Mrs. Glasscock having been a native of North Carolina and both families having early been founded in the southern portion of our great national domain. In politics Archibald Glasscock was a stanch and intelligent supporter of the cause of the Democratic party, and both he and his wife were consistent members of the Methodist church.
Dr. Glasscock was reared to the sturdy discipline of the farm and thus gained the physical vitality and buoyancy that have enabled him to bear so well the labors and manifold exactions of his chosen profession. He gained his preliminary education in the schools of his native state and supplemented this by a course of study in the University of Missouri, though he was not graduated in the literary or academic department of any institution. In preparation for his chosen profession he entered Rush Medical College, in the city of Chicago, one of the greatest medical schools of the country, and in the same he was graduated as a member of the class of 1887, with the well earned degree of Doctor of Medicine. He soon afterward engaged in active general practice at Excelsior Springs, Missouri, where he remained until 1889, when he went to Vienna, Austria, and took a special post-graduate course in the diagnosis and treatment of nervous diseases in the celebrated medical department of the great University of Vienna. Upon his return to the United States in 1890, Dr. Glasscock established his residence in Kansas City, Kansas, where he has since maintained his home and where he has gained splendid success in the work of his profession, in which he has specialized in the treatment of nervous and mental diseases. More particularly for the treatment of this most deplorable class of human disorders he established his fine sanitarium, in 1903, and the institution, in its beneficent work, has well justified his appreciation of the need for the same and his liberality and enterprise in providing so admirable accommodations and facilities. The Doctor is also a valued member of the staff of Bethany Hospital, in which he has charge of the treatment of nervous and mental disorders. He has been a close and appreciative student, has done a large amount of original research work and has made valuable contributions to the standard and periodical literature of his profession. He is a member of the Wyandotte County Medical Society, the Kansas State Medical Society, the Southwestern Medical Society, the American Medical Association and the Kansas City Academy of Medicine. Devoted to his profession and appreciative of its dignity and responsibilities, he has been an exponent of its best ethical code and has retained the inviolable confidence and regards of his confreres.
Notwithstanding the demands made upon him in connection with the work of his profession, Dr. Glasscock is signally alert and public-spirited in his civic attitude and has shown a loyal interest in all that touches the well-being of the community. He is aligned as a stanch supporter of the cause of the Republican party and has given effective service in its behalf. In 1904 he was elected to represent Wyandotte county in the state legislature, in which he made an excellent record, but he refused to become a candidate for re-election. He is affiliated with Wyandotte Lodge, No. 3, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and in this time-honored fraternity he has attained to the thirty-second degree of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, in which his affiliation is with Caswell Consistory, No. 5, in his home city.
On the 29th of November, 1888, was recorded the marriage of Dr. Glasscock to Miss Ollie Hunter, who was born in the state of Illinois and who is a daughter of Milton B. and Sallie (Reed) Hunter, both of whom were natives of Ohio and both of whom passed the closing years of their lives in Kansas City, Missouri, the father having been a carriage manufacturer by vocation. Dr. and Mrs. Glasscock have three daughters, - Edith, Rachel and Catherine. Edith is a student at the University of Kansas. Dr. and Mrs. Glasscock are active members of Washington Avenue Methodist church, and the Doctor has been for years president of the official board, while Mrs. Glasscock is president of the Foreign Missionary Society.
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