A. CHENOWETH, M.D.,

of the firm of A. & C. Chenoweth, druggists of Wellington, Kan., was born in Pike County, Ill., April 11, 1848. He was reared on his father's farm until he was about sixteen years of age; in the meantime attending the district school of his neighborhood; about two years of his later boyhood were spent at the High School of Decatur, Ill.; at the age of nineteen, his father having died and being thrown upon his own resources, he began the study of medicine under Dr. W. H. Walters, now of Freeport, Ill., at the same time spending his winters in teaching, to enable him to pay his College expenses. A few months before attaining his majority, having studied one year and a half, and having spent one term at a Medical College, he began the practice of medicine in Macon County, Ill., but after a few months being unwilling to assume the responsibilities of a practice without full preparation, he returned to Rush Medical College, Chicago, where he graduated in January, 1872. Having received his degree, he went before the board of examiners and passed a competitive examination for the position of House Physician and Surgeon of Cook County Hospital Chicago. Receiving a majority of the votes cast, he entered upon his duties February 1, 1872, for a period of one and a half year's service. During his term of service at the hospital he was profesor of Physical Diagnosis, lecturing to a class of students upon diseases of the heart, lungs, etc., accompanying his lectures with ample illustrations on the dead subject; two of his students afterwards became house physicians to the Hospital, and one of the two a member of the legislature. Dr. Chenoweth also passed a competitive examination before the faculty of Rush Medical College, for the position of Professor of Dermatology, coming in second of the three applicants. After spending three years in private practice in Chicago, he entered the regular army as Acting Assistant Surgeon, serving in the Department of the Platte, under Gen. Crook, during the Sioux war of 1876-77; entered the service about the date of the Custer massacre; being held in high esteem by his superior officers, his promotion was only a question of time; however disliking the enforced separation from his family he resigned and returned to practice at Oreana, Ill., where he remained five years doing an extensive but laborious practice, resulting in injury to his health which necessitated removal to a dryer climate; consequently in 1882, the Dr. removed to Wellington, Kan., where he is now doing a lucrative practice and at the same time has a half interest in the drug firm of A. & C. Chenoweth, which business to them has opened out with flattering prospects. While at Oreana, Ill, the Dr. was examining physician for the Home Life Insurance Company of New York and is now a member as well as examining physician of the United Order of Ancient Templars; he is also a member, and soon to be president of the Cook County Hospital Alumni Association of Chicago, Ill. Dr. C. owns a nice residence property in Wellington. His brothers and sisters are among the oldest and most respectable residents of Sumner County, Kan. He was married in June, 1874, to Miss Maria Adams Prosser, who was born of wealthy parents in Calcutta, Hindostan, where her father was a merchant. Mrs. C. came to America from England in 1872, and is a member of the Reformed Episcopal Church, having her membership with Bishop Cheney's church of Chicago. Dr. C. has three children, the eldest of whom is dead--Alice Louise, Ethel Vivian and Mabel Grace.


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