Kansas City Veterinary College History
KCVC Graduates 1892-1918
Thomas A. Bray (1892) was born in London, England, January 4, 1858 (Salmon 1901). He attended boarding schools in India where his father was an officer in the British Army. At the age of seventeen, he and his sister Ella and a black dog named Sanka sailed from Bombay to rejoin their father who had relocated to Chicago (Dethloff and Dyal 2000). He studied at the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in London, England; Ontario Veterinary College; New York Veterinary College; Chicago Veterinary College; Kansas City Veterinary College; College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York; Kansas City Medical College; and the University Medical College of Kansas City (Salmon 1901). He was one of three students who received a D.V.S. degree in the first class to graduate from the KCVC in 1892. Bray was also on the faculty of the KCVC from 1896-1899 and taught clinical diagnosis, lameness, and shoeing. He practiced veterinary medicine for about fifteen years before he was appointed to the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) from Kansas City in the meat inspection service of Kansas City on November 20, 1893. He was transferred to the quarantine force on April 10, 1897, and stationed at El Paso, Texas, inspecting Mexican livestock for importation (Salmon 1901). According to Dethloff and Dyal (2000), Mexico exported 75,000 cattle per year to the U. S. Dethloff and Dyal also note that Bray studied veterinary medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and served with the BAI until his retirement in 1930. He was a strong supporter of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association from its inception and served as president in 1906. He organized the El Paso Humane Society in 1907, one of the first societies in Texas.
Onesimus G. Atherton (1893) was born at Maysville, Kentucky, April 13, 1846. From 1861 to 1865, he served in the U.S. Army during the Civil War as a private in Company A, 40th Kentucky Infantry. On January 21, 1869, he married Amanda A. Parks in McClean County, Illinois. He was postmaster in McClean County, Illinois, from 1890 to 1893. He attended the Kansas City Veterinary College and graduated in the second class of four students on April 17, 1893, with the D.V.S. degree. The Journal of Comparative Medicine and Surgery, Volume 14, page 431, 1893, lists the graduates. He was a demonstrator of anatomy in the KCVC in 1894 and 1895; Lee notes that he also taught the materia medica lab and pharmacy lab from 1894-1897. In 1896, he was a Captain of Veteran Company E of the Kansas National Guard. On November 10, 1896, he was appointed through a civil service examination, an assistant inspector in the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) in Chicago. He was promoted to inspector in February 1900. During October and November, 1900, he was detailed for sheep inspection in Oregon, returning to meat inspection service in Chicago on November 1, 1900. (See picture on page 62 of BAI Century Souvenir Book). In the Proceedings of the AVMA 46:386, 1910, he gave his residence as 3100 Groveland Avenue, Chicago.
Charles G. Saunders (1893) was one of four students who graduated in the second class from the KCVC in 1893. He was a prominent general practitioner in Eldorado, Kansas, the Treasurer of the KVMA in 1894 and also one of the charter members of the Missouri Valley Veterinary Association when it was formed in 1894. According to the KSAC Veterinary Alumni News on Jan 1, 1926, Dr. Saunders donated a very fine collection of polished horse-shoes to KSAC when he died in 1925 (Dykstra 1953).
Benjamin Franklin Kaupp (1895) was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, March 16, 1874. His higher education, an M.S. degree, was obtained at Odessa College and the KCVC, graduating from the latter in 1895 with the D.V.S. degree. He practiced veterinary medicine in Missouri until his appointment in the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) as assistant inspector, February 10, 1896, through civil service examination. He was promoted to the position of inspector, June 2, 1900. He was an active member of the Missouri Valley Veterinary Association and of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, serving as secretary of the latter organization (Salmon 1901). He served as First Vice-President of the KCVC from 1902-1909, a trustee of the KCVC from 1895-1909, and taught parasitology, feeds and feeding, and poultry diseases (Lee 1956). In 1908, he published Animal Parasites and Parasitic Diseases. In July 1910 the American Veterinary Review notes that Dr. B. F. Kaupp recently investigated swamp fever in the neighborhood of Colorado Springs, Colorado. In the same issue, it was noted that Dr. B. F. Kaupp would be busily engaged investigating the diseases of poultry in Colorado during the summer. Dr. Kaupp and Dr. George H. Glover tuberculin-tested the dairy cows in Leadville, Colorado, during the early part of June 1910.
In 1912, Dr. Benjamin F. Kaupp was Director of the new Pathology Laboratory at Colorado Agricultural College, and helped stop a devastating outbreak in horses in the Arkansas Valley of an unknown disease by developing an experimental vaccine from infected brain tissue. The disease was later identified as cerebrospinal meningitis (CSU Equine Hospital Newsletter, Volume 1, Edition 1, Spring 2006). Kaupp was Professor of Pathology and Parasitology in the Veterinary Department, Colorado Agricultural College.
About 1914, he moved to the North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station. He became an authority on poultry diseases, publishing Bulletin No. 185 from the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station in 1912. In 1918, he authored Anatomy of the Domestic Fowl which was published by W.B. Saunders and sold for $3.00 (JAVMA 54:567, 1918). In 1922, he published Poultry diseases, including diseases of other domesticated birds.
The North American Veterinarian reported in June 1950 under “Forty Years Ago” that “The second edition of Kaupp’s ‘Animal Parasites and Parasitic Diseases’ made its appearance.” (The North American Veterinarian 31:414, 1950)
William Nicholas Hobbs (1896) was one of ten students who graduated from the KCVC in 1896. In Dykstra’s review of veterinary pioneers in Kansas (1953), he notes that Dr. W.N. Hobbs was a charter member in 1904 of the KVMA, as was his brother, Dr. Charles Wesley Hobbs (Western Veterinary College, Kansas City, Missouri, 1901). According to Blackmar (1912) in Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Dr. W. N. Hobbs was one of the leading veterinary surgeons of the State of Kansas and a member of a pioneer family of Smith County. The Hobbs family moved from Pike County, Illinois, to Kansas in 1872 and staked a claim in Smith County in the spring of 1872 where they lived in an 18x20 foot log house. The roof was made of poles covered with the bark of cottonwood trees, which was covered with sod and earth, and made a very comfortable pioneer home. There were eight children in the Hobbs family and three of them became veterinarians: Dr. William N. Hobbs (KCVC 1896), Dr. Charles Wesley Hobbs (WVC 1901), and Dr. Daniel H. Hobbs. The Hobbs children began their education in a subscription school in a primitive sod school house in Smith County. They were taught by Miss Nancy Dinwiddie. At that time the school year consisted of a term of only three months, but young Hobbs and his brothers were anxious to obtain an education and improved themselves by self-study, in addition to attending school. Early in life he became interested in the study of medicine, and he and his brother, began reading along medical lines by themselves. Later, they took up the study of veterinary medicine, and when mere boys were considered very capable practical veterinarians and were frequently called to attend sick horses and stock in the neighborhood, and in this way got a great deal of practical experience in early life.
In 1894, William Hobbs entered the KCVC, and graduated in the class of 1896 with the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Science. He then located in Holton, Kansas, where he opened a veterinary hospital. He remained in Holton until 1908, when he disposed of his business and moved to Lebanon in Smith County, forming a partnership with his brother, Dr. Daniel H. Hobbs, in the practice of veterinary surgery. From 1911 until 1913 he was also professor of surgery, dentistry and obstetrics at the St. Joseph Veterinary College in St. Joseph, Missouri. In 1911-12 he was president of the KVMA, serving two terms. In 1912 he was appointed by the Kansas Livestock Sanitary Commission to study the horse plague, which swept over the State of Kansas in that year. In 1913 he went to Omaha as manager of the Hawkeye Serum Company and in July 1913 disposed of his interests there, and came to Topeka and established the Topeka Serum Company, which he conducted in partnership with his brother, Dr. Daniel H. Hobbs.
James C. Keeley (1896) was born in Dungarvan, County of Waterford, Ireland, on February 4, 1868. He went through public schools in that country and came to the United States in 1889. He attended the Harvey Medical College in Chicago for one term. The Harvey Medical College offered night classes and attempted to provide quality medical education to working-class men and women. Keeley was a bookkeeper and salesman with a grocery and provision company for three years and for two years he prospected for gold and silver in Colorado. He enlisted in the 6th U.S. Cavalry in 1892 and afterwards served in the U.S. Army hospital corps. He subsequently entered the KCVC and graduated in 1896 with a D.V.S. degree. He was appointed to the Bureau of Animal industry in Chicago on March 1, 1898, through the civil service examination. He was transferred to the quarantine division at Kansas City on July 12, 1898, and to Indianapolis on February 1, 1900, where he was an Assistant Inspector (Salmon 1901).
John B. Wright (1897) was born October 21, 1866, in Scotland. He was one of five to graduate from the KCVC in 1897 with a D.V.S. degree. He received his appointment as an Assistant Inspector in the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) from Kansas City, Missouri, through a civil service examination on April 18, 1898 (Salmon 1901). According to the Journal of Comparative Medicine and Veterinary Archives, he attended the nineteenth annual meeting of the Missouri Valley Veterinary Association at the KCVC on February 27, 1898.
William Noble Davis Bird (1898) was born in Oswego, Illinois, August 14, 1858. He attended public schools in Chicago and Ithaca (New York) academy and high school. In 1876, he entered Cornell University, taking a four year course in agriculture and veterinary science. He was engaged in stock farming and practiced veterinary medicine and surgery in Kansas for fifteen years, first in Madison, Kansas, from 1880-83 and then in Emporia, Kansas, from 1883-95. He served as county commissioner in Lyon County, Kansas, from 1890 to 1895. On March 15, 1895, he was appointed to the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) as stock examiner in the cattle quarantine service at Kansas City. He took a course at the Kansas City Veterinary College, receiving the D.V.S. degree in 1898. On June 1, 1898, he was promoted to Assistant Inspector, after passing the civil service examination. On January 16, 1899, he was sent to Nashville, Tennessee, to supervise movement of southern cattle. He was transferred to St. Louis on October 30, 1899, and to Buffalo, New York on April 9, 1900 (Salmon 1901). Dr. Bird was a student in Cornell University from 1876 till 1880, but he did not take a degree. After he left college he ran a ranch near Emporia, Kansas, for several years. As an inspector with the BAI, he was stationed successively in Joplin, Mo.; Arkansas City, Kan.; along the Mexican border; in Kansas City, Mo.; Nashville, Tenn.; St. Louis, Mo., and finally Buffalo, to which city he went in 1900. Buffalo was the home of Dr. Bird's family. His grandfather, William Augustus Bird, was one of the early settlers of the town and was the first president of the Erie County Savings Bank. Dr. Bird was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity. He belonged to many veterinary medical societies, the Missouri Valley Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, honorary member of the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Society, and a life member of the Kansas City Veterinary College Society. The Cornell Alumni News reported on December 4, 1913, that Dr. Bird, of Buffalo, was struck and killed by a street car in East Buffalo on Sunday night, November 30, 1913. Dr. Bird was a federal inspector at the stockyards in East Buffalo and was on his way home when the accident occurred. His wife, a daughter, and three sons survived him. One of the sons is Frederick H. Bird, M.E., 1911. (Cornell Alumni News, Volume XVI, No. 10, page 127, December 4, 1913).
John David Cooper (1898) was born in Kentucky on April 13, 1844. He received his education in the public schools in Kentucky and for several years was engaged in farming and raising livestock, and afterwards in merchandising. He was appointed to the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) at Kansas City on November 15, 1894, as a stock examiner. He earned his D.V.S. degree from the KCVC in 1898 when he was nearly 54 years old. On March 1, 1900, he was transferred to Leavenworth, Kansas, and back to Kansas City a month later (Salmon 1901).
Charles H. Davies (1898) was born at Piqua, Ohio, February 4, 1853. He graduated from Piqua High School in 1871, from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia with an M.D. degree in 1877, and from the KCVC with a D.V.S. degree in 1898 at the age of 45. He practiced medicine in Eldorado for fourteen years prior to entering the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI); he was appointed on September 18, 1891 (Salmon 1901). He was on the faculty of the KCVC from 1898-1902, teaching comparative anatomy and comparative therapeutics (Lee 1956). On November 4, 1939, the JAMA reported that Charles H. Davies, Kansas City, Kansas, died on September 16, 1939 at the age of 86 from pernicious anemia and hypostatic pneumonia (JAMA 113:1751, 1939)
James L. Otterman (1898) was born in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, March 15, 1848. He served in the Civil War as a private in Company D., 193rd Regiment, and Company H, 61st Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. He graduated from Scio College in Ohio in 1869, American Medical College in St. Louis in 1877, Kansas City Medical College in 1894, and the Kansas City Veterinary College in 1898 at the age of 50. He held degrees of M.S., M.D., and D.V.S., and was a registered pharmacist in Missouri and Kansas. He practiced both medicine and pharmacy. He received his appointment in the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) through a civil service examination on August 18, 1898, and was stationed in Louisville, Kentucky. He was transferred to South St. Joseph, Missouri, on December 20, 1898, and to Kansas City on April 8, 1899 (Salmon 1901). He attended the nineteenth regular meeting of the Missouri Valley Veterinary Association on February 27, 1899, at the KCVC and was accepted into membership of the Association at that meeting (J. Comp. Med. Vet. Archives 20:241, 1899; JAVMA 23:136-137, 1899). From 1899-1901, he was on the faculty of the KCVC where he taught materia medica and therapeutics (Lee 1956). He died May 15, 1929 in Emporia, Kansas, from heart disease (JAMA, page 2120, June 22, 1929).
Nelson V. Boyce (1899) was born in Preble County, Ohio, October 29, 1857. After completing high school, he attended National Normal College at Lebanon, Ohio, and Central Normal College at Danville, Indiana. He taught school in Ohio and Indiana. He then studied at the Medical College of Ohio in Cincinnati, graduating with an M.D. degree and practiced medicine for 12 years. He then enrolled in the KCVC, graduating in 1899 with a D.V.S. degree at the age of 42. He was appointed to the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) from Kansas City, Kansas, through a civil service examination on June 1, 1900 (Salmon 1901). In 1919, the JAVMA lists Dr. Boyce at 610 Sandusky Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas (JAVMA 54:496, 1919).
Charles E. Steel (1899) was born at North Topeka, Kansas, May 30, 1873. His professional education was acquired at the Ontario Veterinary College (one term) and the Kansas City Veterinary College (two terms), receiving from the latter the D.V.S. degree in 1899. He was appointed to the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) at South St. Joseph, Missouri, from Topeka, Kansas, on August 1, 1899, through a civil service examination. On September 15, 1900, he was transferred to the quarantine force at Las Animas, Colorado, inspecting sheep for interstate shipment (Salmon 1901).
Claude M. McFarland (1900) was born in Ness County, Kansas, July 9, 1877. He attended high school in Kansas City and was first appointed in the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) as a laborer at Kansas City on March 21, 1897. He resigned to enter the KCVC and graduated from the KCVC in 1900 with a D.V.S. degree. He was appointed Assistant Inspector at Cincinnati on June 6, 1900, after a civil service examination (Salmon 1901). In 1902, it was reported that Dr. McFarland of Billings, Montana, had entered the meat inspection service of the BAI and was now stationed at South St. Joseph, Missouri (J. Comp. Med. Vet. Arch. 22:466, 1902). In 1911, McFarland was serving as inspector of stock in St. Joseph, Missouri (Morgan 1911). In 1921, the JAVMA reported that McFarland, formerly located at Fort Worth, Texas, as Vice-President of the Purity Serum Company, has moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where he is associated with the Sihler Serum Company as Sales Manager.
Willis H. Meadors (1900) was born at Lafayette, Alabama, February 21, 1874. He attended the KCVC, graduating in 1900 with a D.V.S. degree. The Journal of Comparative Medicine and Veterinary Archives notes that the ninth annual commencement and banquet of the KCVC were held in the Midland Hotel, Kansas City, on March 14, 1900 at 8 p.m. He was appointed an Assistant Inspector in the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) in Kansas City on June 1, 1900, after a civil service examination (Salmon 1901). He died in 1955.
Joseph W. Parker (1900) was born in Moniteau County, Missouri, October 30, 1867. He attended the public schools and took a teacher’s course at Otterville College, Otterville, Missouri, receiving a B.S. degree. He taught school for eight terms and was engaged in newspaper work for four years. On May 1, 1897, he was appointed from Green Ridge, Missouri, as a clerk in the quarantine service in Kansas City. He subsequently entered the KCVC, graduating in 1900 with a D.V.S. degree. He was promoted to Assistant Inspector on June 12, 1900, after passing the civil service examination. On September 10, 1900, he was transferred to South St. Joseph, Missouri (Salmon 1901). From 1900-1901, he also was on the faculty of the KCVC where he taught comparative anatomy (Lee 1956). In 1906, he was an Inspector with the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) in Texas and reported on the use of an arsenical cattle dip for ticks.
Richard Frederick Eagle (1901) was born in Kansas City, Kansas, on June 17, 1879. “Fred,” as he was known to his host of friends, grew to manhood in that city and it was quite natural, in that stockyards and packing-house environment, that his interests turned towards livestock and he decided upon veterinary medicine as a life career. He graduated from the KCVC in 1901 in a class of 12 students. Soon after graduation, he accepted a contract as civilian veterinarian with the Remount Division of the British Army in connection with the shipment of 1,147 horses to Africa. After delivery of these animals at Port Elizabeth, with only a very insignificant loss, he turned his journey into a “round-the-world” tour.
While on the African trip he was offered an appointment in the United States Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) and upon his return to this country accepted and began his Bureau service at the National Stock Yards, East Saint Louis, Illinois, on August 16, 1901. Between this date and January 26, 1913, he served the Bureau in various capacities in connection with the meat inspection service at National Stock Yards, South St. Joseph, Kansas City, Chicago, and Fort Worth. Also during this period, in 1905-06, he was assigned to sheep scabies work in North Dakota, and in 1908 did foot-and-mouth disease work in Pennsylvania.
Following his resignation from the Bureau, Dr. Engle entered the service of Schwarzchild and Sulzberger, packers, with which firm and its successor, Wilson and Company, he continued working and eventually occupied the position of vice-president.
Dr. Eagle’s principal interest was in the packing industry; however, he never lost contact with, or interest in, the veterinary profession. An outstanding example of this interest occurred in 1917, when he was instrumental in interesting Mr. Thomas E. Wilson, president of Wilson and Company, in a plan to establish a veterinary section in the gallery of the Saddle and Sirloin Club in Chicago. Mr. Wilson not only took a personal interest in the plan but contributed a fund as a basis for its establishment.
At the meeting of the AVMA in Philadelphia in August 1918, the portraits of Drs. Daniel E. Salmon, Alonzo D. Melvin, and John R. Mohler were presented by Dr. Eagle on behalf of the Art Committee of the Saddle and Sirloin Club, with the understanding that the association would return the portraits to the club for the gallery it had opened for distinguished veterinarians. Later, in addition to the above, the portrait of Dr. James Law, contributed by the alumni of the New York State Veterinary College at Cornell University, and that of Dr. Leonard Pearson, contributed by the alumni of the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania, were presented to the club and received by its President, Mr. A.H. Sanders. Canada also contributed an oil painting of Dr. J.G. Rutherford. Later, portraits of Drs. M. Dorset, S.E. Bennett, H.J. Detmers and Mark Francis were added to the gallery and all were in one group in the southwest corner of the Main Hall of the Saddle and Sirloin Club at the Union Stock Yards in Chicago as a lasting tribute to these men and the profession that had done so much to better the livestock industry of the country.
Fred Eagle managed to find the time to attend most of the important veterinary meetings and seldom missed the opportunities to meet and mingle with his colleagues. On such occasions his genial personality, his unlimited fund of appropriate stories, and his well-known ability in the role of toastmaster invariably
added to the success and enjoyment of the gathering. His selection for this position at the AVMA banquet on the occasion of the 75th annual meeting in
New York, July 5-9, 1938, insured an affair that no one in attendance at the meeting wanted to miss.
Arthur W. Miller (1901) was born in 1876 in Manchester, New Hampshire, and was one of 12 students to graduate from the KCVC in 1901. From 1901 to 1917, he was involved in meat inspection and livestock disease eradication or control. In 1917, he was transferred to Washington, DC, to become chief of the Field Inspection Division where he directed work with eradication or control, inspection of public stockyards for sanitation, and enforcement of the 28-Hour Law and quarantine regulations. In January 1928, Dr. Miller was placed in charge of the newly established Packers and Stockyards Division and was appointed assistant chief of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) in charge of regulatory activities. This Division was transferred to the Agricultural Marketing Service when it was established in the 1938/1939 departmental reorganization. Miller then became chief of the Interstate Inspection Division, still continuing as assistant chief of the BAI. Upon the retirement of J.R. Mohler as chief of the Bureau in 1943, Arthur W. Miller succeeded him. He, in turn, retired two years later because of ill health. He died on September 1, 1955, after a long illness (Wiser 1986).
Orville Ashford Stingley (1902) earned a B.S. degree from KSAC in 1896. He was employed by the Union Pacific Railway in 1897, a bank clerk in 1898, an Inspector’s Assistant in the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) in the USDA from 1899-1900 and a Stock Examiner for the BAI in 1901. Stingley earned a DVS degree from the KCVC in 1902. In 1902, he was appointed a Veterinary Inspector, BAI, USDA, 1317 E. Twenty-ninth St., Kansas City, Missouri, serving until 1903. In 1904, he worked for the Southwest Quarantine, BAI, USDA. He returned to Meat Inspection with the BAI Kansas City, Kansas 1905-07 and then Meat inspection, East St. Louis, Illinois, 1908-09; and Supervising Veterinary Inspector, Morris & Co. Plant, Kansas City, Kansas., 1910- (From: Record of the Alumni of the Kansas State Agricultural College, Manhattan, Kansas, Department of Printing, 1914)
J. Flue Barnett (1903) According to Hornsby (1993), Dr. Barnett’s interest in veterinary medicine was developed from his association with Dr. Charlie Horn, an 1897 graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College. Barnett enrolled in the KCVC in September 1899 with three other boys from Leake County, Mississippi (Hudson Chadwick, Fred Hays, and Irvin Owens); all were influenced by Dr. Horn. They took a mule wagon to Kosciusko about 40 miles away to catch a train. None had ever ridden a train and some had never seen a train. Leake County was the only county in Mississippi that had no railroad. The train went through Memphis, Tennessee, and the four saw electric lights for the first time. When they arrived in Kansas City, they found the KCVC on 1404 Holmes Street and met Dr. R.C. Moore, President of the College. Dr. Moore told them where they might find rooms and meals, but Kansas City was a new world to all four of them. None had ever seen a sanitary toilet and did not know how to use one. They did not know how to turn off the electric light, so Flue Barnett said he would show them how to do it. He tied a knot in the electric cord. They had to get the land lady to show them how to turn off the electric light.
Atvill Byrd (1903) of Kansas City, Missouri, filed an application on May 15, 1911, for a sanitary drinking fountain for horses and other quadrupeds. The principal object was to provide a fountain which can be safely used on public thoroughfares without danger of spreading contagious diseases, such as glanders, etc., common to equines. The patent was approved on March 12, 1912. Byrd filed an application to patent an obstetrical instrument on May 20, 1920. The instrument was patented on August 8, 1922.
Henry Luther Feistner (1903), son of Johann Michael Feistner and Anna Barbara Mueller, was born on December 3, 1875, in Farm Home, Johnson, Nemaha County, Nebraska, died on July 4, 1941, in Auburn, Nemaha County, Nebraska, at age 65, and was buried in Sheridan Cemetery, Auburn, Nemaha County, Nebraska. Both his mother and father were born in Bavaria. He was baptized in Stone Church by his uncle, the Reverend Leonard Feistner. He was educated in the rural schools in Nemaha County. He worked with William Ernst of Wolf Creek Stock Farm, importers of horses from 1898-1900 before he began his study of veterinary medicine.
Lemonds notes that Feistner graduated from the Kansas City Veterinary College in 1903, Who’s Who in Nebraska also notes this, but the Nebraskana notes that he graduated from the University Veterinary College in Kansas City, receiving the degree of D.V.S. in 1903. His name is not on the roster of graduates from the KCVC, but he may have received a degree from there later. He studied at the Western Normal College, Shenandoah, Iowa, from 1904-05. He practiced veterinary medicine first in Johnson and then in Auburn, Nebraska, beginning in 1905. In 1931, Dr. Feistner was appointed the State Veterinarian for Nebraska by Governor Charles W. Bryan (brother of William Jennings Bryan) and held the office for four years, 1931-35. On his return to Auburn in 1935, he was forced to discontinue his professional activities because of ill health.
Dr. Feistner was a member of the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association, a member of the Nebraska State Veterinary Examining Board from 1922-27, the Red Cross, chairman of the Nemaha County Democratic Central Committee from 1920-30, the local Masonic Lodge and served several years as president of the Auburn Board of Education. He was very interested in youth and assisted in the sponsorship of the Boy Scouts and DeMolay organizations in his community.
H.L. Feistner, of Sun City, Arizona, a son of Dr. Feistner, wrote the following about life as the son of a Nebraska veterinarian in the early days:
“The years of 1929-30-31 were tough and several times dad and I would come home with eggs, chickens, or a slab of bacon for the call and be happy; those days made a barterer out of almost any professional man.
“The hardest thing in the world for Dad to do was inform a farmer that his tests on his dairy herd were positive for T.B. and they would have to be branded and shipped out—this really hurt because it usually meant a friendship lost.
“In the 1920’s we castrated lots of horses, Dad could cut them standing or thrown, we could cut 5 to 15 head at each stop, and after Dad finished each colt he would say, ‘Well, that’s the best job I can do on this colt.’
“Sometimes farmers would tell Dad about remedies for animals he was treating, lots of suggestions but really no help. Dad would listen to all of them and when they would say ‘What do you think about that, Doc?’ Dad would turn to them with a half-smile and say ‘You might as well grease a dog’s ass for a bone in his throat.’
“When winter came to southeast Nebraska it really would stay. When the phone rang in the night Dad would go down stairs to answer. When he hung up the phone and I heard water being drawn in the tea kettle and put on the stove I knew it was time to start dressing as we were going out on a call. He would put his head in the bedroom door and say ‘Let’s go.’ With the hot tea kettle of water, the Model T Ford rear wheel jacked up, Dad on the electric starter, and guess who on the hand crank, with water on the manifold, the old Model T would start to shake and the wheel with chains on it hit the garage floor and we were off on a cold ride with isinglass curtains and a manifold heater. Modernization took the fun out of veterinary medicine.
“One time we vaccinated several pigs and cut three colts for a farmer and after the work was done the farmer said, ‘I haven’t any money but a piggy sow due in about three weeks.’ We loaded her in the back of the Model T and home we went. In three weeks, we had one sow and 13 pigs to take care of. At least the trip wasn’t a dry run.
“I have seen Dad offered a case of home brew, or corn whisky for his trip but the person never offered it again. Liquor was one item Dad hated with a passion, never mention liquor or show it around the farm after a job and he would blow his mind. Just a word to the farmer and they understood each other.
“I have books (ledgers) which Dad kept in the early 1900’s about his Livery Stable. He kept horses overnight for travelers for 25 cents for the evening, feeding, night stall, morning oats and hay. He also rented a team of horses and buggy to doctors in Auburn for 50 cents a trip to the country.”
Henry C. Babcock, M.D., (1904) was Second Vice-President from 1900-1901 and 1903-06; he taught Clinical Diagnosis and Examination for Soundness from 1898-1902. He earned his D.V.S. degree from the KCVC in1904.
Emert Carter (1904) In the audience at one of Dr. Flynn’s presentations was Dr. Emert Carter, Kansas City Veterinary College Class of 1904, and a World War I Army Veterinary Corps veteran. Dr. Carter had returned to Missouri as a partner in a Springfield practice. When his colleague died, he became the owner of a practice at 511 Convention Street, renaming it Carter’s Animal Hospital. Here he built a practice largely specializing in the treatment of dogs and cats. Dr. Carter did not forget Dr. Flynn’s lecture. In 1929, on a lot at 1009 St. Louis Street, he designed his version of Dr. Flynn’s modern animal hospital. It was among the first, if not the first, Missouri clinic built from the ground up for the purpose—and maybe one of the first in the nation. This was no informal barn. Here, Dr. Flynn’s clients were greeted by a receptionist in a separate room, a new concept in 1929. Clients were then led to a specialized examination room, another innovation. Dr. Carter’s private office was nearby, for consultation. Away from the public’s gaze were an instrument and drug storage room, operating room, general ward, isolation ward, laboratory, pharmacy, and exercise wards. The layout allowed one veterinarian to see several patients in an efficient, almost assembly line way. This new clinic was self-contained as well as efficient. In the pharmacy, Dr. Carter made his own medicines while still in hearing distance of his client. In the laboratory, he performed urine and blood analysis. He probably had one of the first x-ray machines dedicated to veterinary work in Missouri. As a purpose-built structure, the building featured extensive tile floors and walls for better sanitation and to convey the look of a hospital. A garage had a door that opened directly to the clinic, allowing Dr. Carter to rush sick patients in from his personal car or ambulance. As the clinic fronted the famous Route 66, he could buzz quickly to an injured animal and back again. A kitchen was located near the wards. Hospital staff members would prepare meals for clients and patients as the quality and availability of nearby restaurant food was undependable. A second floor was used as the living quarters for the veterinarian and his family. Dr. Carter operated the small animal clinic, and a related large animal practice, for 15 years before the stress of being on call 24/7 caused him to sell the business and get a job with the US Department of Agriculture. He died in 1971 at the age of 84 (From University of Missouri Veterinary Medical Review, pp. 16-17, Spring/Summer, 2005).
Frederick Cleveland Cater (1904) was born in Missouri on November 19, 1882, enrolling in the KCVC in 1902. The American Journal of Veterinary Medicine, Vol. 8, page 700, notes that Dr. Fred C. Cater, formerly of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) Rinderpest-Serum Laboratory in Manilla, has associated himself with Dr. J.H. Oesterhaus of the “Big O” Serum Company in the manufacture of antihog-cholera serum. Cater may have also served in World War I, and he practiced in Sedalia, Missouri. In the American Journal of Veterinary Medicine, May 1916, page 435, Dr. Cater is listed as being associated with the Big Serum Company, Office 465, Livestock Exchange, Kansas City; the ad indicates that he was formerly the veterinarian with the Government Serum Laboratories in the Philippines. Also associated with the Big Serum Company was Dr. J.H. Oesterhaus, a graduate of KSAC, KCVC (1905), and a Late Veterinarian in the U.S. Army. Dr. Cater was the Deputy State Veterinarian for Missouri with the State Board of Agriculture from 1919-20. The January 1922 issue of “Veterinary Medicine” published a report of a meeting of the Missouri Valley Veterinary Medical Association in June 1921 where Dr. Cater made a presentation titled, “The Revision of Ethics to Meet the Needs of the Modern Veterinarian.” Dr. Cater’s granddaughter, Meg Berrian, donated his composite photograph for the Class of 1904 and other documents to the Kansas State University Archives. (Photo: Fred and Alma Cater, Sedalia, MO)
Charles B. Eastman (1904) served in the Spanish American War and was on "strike breaking" duty during the silver miners' strike in Leadville, Colorado, in 1896. He earned a B.S. degree from KSAC in 1902 and a D.V.S. degree from the KCVC in 1904. He was a practitioner of veterinary medicine and surgery from 1904-06 and Professor of Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology, San Francisco Veterinary College, 1906-08. He was a Veterinary Inspector, Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1908-1912. From 1912 to 1914, he was a veterinarian and stockman, 668 Marsh Street, San Luis Obispo, California. (From: Record of the Alumni of the Kansas State Agricultural College, Manhattan, Kansas, Kansas State Agricultural College, Department of Printing, 1914)
Logan Barnett Huff (1904) was born in Quinton, Missouri, a town between Rockport and Maryville, and north of St. Joseph. He had two brothers who graduated from the KCVC: T.B. Huff graduated in 1908 and John in 1910. Riding on the coattails of the federal Meat Inspection Act of 1906, the Huff brothers found work with the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) as meat inspectors. Although they may have been lured to college by the promise of good work at the BAI, they soon found new opportunities in industry in the manufacture of hog cholera antiserum (Lofflin 2009).
Albert Thomas Kinsley (1904) was born in Independence, Iowa, February 26, 1877. He received his B.S. degree from KSAC in 1899 and M.S. degree in 1901. He studied pathology at the University of Chicago and graduated from the KCVC in 1904. The KCVC Bulletin No. 12 (1906) has a report on rabies by Dr. Kinsley. On June 19, 1908, Kinsley was one of the speakers at a KSAC banquet in Manhattan, Kansas (KCVC Bulletin No.20, 1908). In 1910, Kinsley was President of the American Serum Company and was filling numerous orders for anti-hog cholera serum (KSCV Bulletin No. 27, 1910). He also had a text book in veterinary pathology, published by Alexander Eger of Chicago in press (KCVC Bulletin No. 27, 1910). A successful practitioner, he purchased an interest in the KCVC in 1912, became its president in 1913, and taught pathology, bacteriology, and parasitology from 1902-18. Kinsley served as Second Vice-President of the KCVC from 1909-13, President from 1913-17, and Dean from 1918-27 when the corporation was dissolved. On May 1, 1917, the laboratories of Dr. Kinsley became the firm of The Kinsley Laboratories, Ashe Lockhart (KCVC 1915) having become associated with Dr. Kinsley (KCVC Bulletin No.56, 1917). Beginning in 1918 he devoted his time to the Kinsley Laboratories in Kansas City and an extensive consultation practice. He is the author of a textbook on veterinary pathology and two on the diseases of swine. A frequent contributor to the veterinary periodicals, he pioneered a section on swine practice in Veterinary Medicine at a time when very little was known outside the Midwest. He was president of the AVMA in 1921-22. He died December 8, 1941.
Robert Logan Allen (1905) was a veterinarian and farmer, according to the Henry County, Missouri, Biographies. He was born on June 28, 1882, in Tebo Township, Henry County, Missouri, on the farm where he resided most of his life. He was the son of Robert W. Allen, a sketch of whom can also be found in the Henry County Biographies. Robert L. Allen was educated in district school number nine and the Windsor High School, where he graduated in 1900. In 1902 he entered the KCVC graduating in 1905. He began the active practice of his profession in 1905 and for a year he was engaged in the service of the Government with the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), at South Omaha, Nebraska. In 1906 he located at Columbia, Missouri, and was employed by the State veterinarian's office for two years. In 1907 he located in Windsor and soon built up a lucrative practice. In 1909 he settled upon the Allen home place in section 12 of Tebo Township. Dr. Allen was a well-known breeder of Hereford cattle and farmed 400 acres of land, being owner of 120 acres in Tebo Township. He continued his successful practice in addition to his farming operations. On April 4, 1909, Dr. Allen was married to Miss Myrtle Bell, who was born in Pettis County, Missouri, the daughter of John H. and Mary H. (McDaniel) Bell. Mr. and Mrs. Allen had one child, Robert Bell Allen, born August 21, 1910. Mrs. Myrtle Allen was also a graduate of Windsor High School and taught grade school for a number of years in Windsor, Weatherford, Oklahoma, and Clinton, Missouri. Doctor Allen was a member of the Missouri State Veterinary Association and the Missouri Valley Veterinary Association. He was also a member of the Presbyterian Church.
Richard Franklin Bourne (1906) was born on a farm near Delphos, Kansas, in 1881. He was a direct descendent of the original Mayflower party. He entered KSAC in 1898 and graduated in 1903 with a B.S. degree in general science. He taught physiology and took graduate work at KSAC until 1904 when he enrolled in the KCVC where he received his D.V.S. degree in 1906. A record of the alumni of KSAC published in 1914 notes that Bourne was a veterinary practitioner in 1906 and a Veterinary Inspector with the USDA in 1908. From 1906 to 1918, he taught physiology and histology in the KCVC. When the College closed in 1918, Dr. Bourne joined the faculty at the Agricultural College of Colorado, now Colorado State University. He became head of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology in 1934, a position he held until he retired in 1948. Dr. Bourne was also the Director of the ROTC Band at Colorado A&M for many years (Dykstra 1953). The fight song known today at Colorado State University was written in the late 1920’s or early 1930’s by ROTC Marching Band Director, Dr. Richard F. Bourne.
James Arthur Goodwin (1906) a native of Pointe Coupee Parish, Mississippi, was born on May 21, 1877. He attended public school and received a diploma from St. Stanislaus College of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. After graduation, he was involved in several commercial ventures until September 1903 when he entered the KCVC. For many years, Dr. Goodwin was involved in the general practice of veterinary medicine in New Iberia, Louisiana. He was active in local, state, and national professional associations and was president of the Louisiana State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners from 1908 to 1917. As secretary of the Iberia-St. Mary Livestock Association, he assisted in organizing local cattlemen to participate in the state’s tick eradication program to control Texas cattle fever and helped establish the Louisiana Livestock Experiment Station in New Iberia. Dr. Goodwin gave a talk during the dedication of the Louisiana State University Department of Veterinary Science, Veterinary Research Center, and the addition to the Dalrymple Memorial Laboratory on January 29, 1957 (Hornsby, 1993).
John Victor Lacroix (1906) was born in 1882. He was a prominent early graduate of the KCVC who established a general practice in Hiawatha, Kansas, in 1906. In 1908, he built a hospital with box and tie stalls for 10 large animal patients. This was the first hospital in Kansas built especially for the hospitalization of animal patients. The 1910-11 catalogue of the KCVC lists Dr. Lacroix as occupying the chair of “Obstetrics and Clinical Medicine.” He remained on the faculty as Professor of Surgery and Obstetrics until the KCVC closed its doors in 1918. In 1920, he established in Evanston, Illinois, the North American Veterinarian and served as senior editor for a number of years. He was the founder of the North Shore Animal Hospital in Evanston, Illinois. He is the author of “Animal Castration and Lameness in the Horse” published in 1915 and 1916, respectively in the American Journal of Veterinary Medicine (Dykstra 1953).
Daniel B. Leininger (1906) was born in Pennsylvania and received his D.V.S. degree from the KCVC in 1906. He became the first post veterinarian at Fort Riley when the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps was established in 1916. The Department of Hippology at Fort Riley was established in 1902. It consisted of a veterinary hospital, a school for stable sergeants, and the school for horse-shoers. Initially, the instructors were civilian veterinarians and enlisted farriers. In 1918, Captain Daniel B. Leininger became the senior instructor in the Department of Hippology. He was promoted to colonel in 1937 and retired in 1943. (From An Army Hospital: From Horses to Helicopters—Fort Riley, 1904-1957--Concluded, by George E. Omer Jr., Kansas Historical Quarterly 24, No. 1, Spring 1958).
Clinton H. Bugbee (1907) was from Keene, New Hampshire, and had a V.S. degree before he graduated from the KCVC in 1907. In 1915, Bugbee was associated with the Imperial Serum Company, 756 Livestock Exchange, Kansas City, Missouri. He had prepared a booklet called Anti-Hog-Cholera Serum—Its Production and Field Uses. The product was prepared by skilled pathologists under U.S. Veterinary License No. 14 (Veterinary Medicine 10:215, 1915). In 1935, he was granted Arizona License # 43 and worked for the Phoenix Department of Health (Gillespie and Ellsworth 2007).
Delwin Morton Campbell (1907) Dykstra in Veterinary Medicine in Kansas (1953) states that Campbell undoubtedly was better and more widely known, and he personally knew more veterinarians than any other veterinarian in America. He was born at Big Spring, Kansas, near Topeka, on January 19, 1880, attended the local schools near Meriden, completed one year in Kansas State Normal College in Emporia, Kansas (1901-1902), and four terms in KSAC (1902-1904). From 1898 to about 1903 he taught school—two years of this period as principal of the village schools. His summers were spent on fruit and dairy farms, and during the 1903 and 1904 summers he served as a tagger for the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI). He was an instructor in the anatomy laboratory at the KCVC from 1906-07. Immediately after graduation from the KCVC in 1907, he engaged in general practice in partnership with Dr. J. V. Lacroix (KCVC 1906) in Hiawatha, Kansas. In April 1908, Drs. Campbell and Lacroix revived the Missouri Valley Veterinary Bulletin, the official organ of the Missouri Valley Veterinary Association which had suspended publication for several months. Later it was published in Topeka, Kansas, until June, 1910, when it ceased to exist as a Kansas published “Bulletin.” Then under the editorship of Dr. Campbell, it was issued from Chicago first as the American Journal of Veterinary Medicine, and ten years later simply Veterinary Medicine. It is said that he inspired American veterinarians to read the current literature of their profession and, with literary and technical values uppermost in mind, furnished the type of reading material required to achieve that end. Dr. Campbell is best known for his editorial work; however, as a practitioner he was second only to Dr. Leonard Pearson of Pennsylvania in the recognition of Johne’s disease in the United States in February, 1908, in Brown County, Kansas. Unknown to Dr. Campbell at that time (February 1908) the American Veterinary Review at a later date indicated that Dr. Pearson had diagnosed Johne’s disease in Pennsylvania in December, 1907. Dr. Campbell served as milk inspector (1909) of Topeka, Kansas, and for a short period on the staff of Abbott Laboratories in Chicago. He played an active part in the launching of a milk and dairy inspection program for Topeka and Kansas City. He was also on active duty as a Lt. Colonel in the Veterinary Reserve Corps of the U.S. Army and served as the commanding officer of the 30th General Veterinary Hospital, De Quincy, Louisiana, in 1941. He retired with the rank of colonel in 1944. One of his most noteworthy contributions was the compilation of the two-volume work Veterinary Military History of the United States, published in 1935; Lt. Col. Louis A. Merillat was the senior author and Lt. Col. D.M. Campbell the junior author. Dr. Campbell joined the AVMA in 1909, served as secretary of the Section on Military Medicine in 1931-1932 and as chairman of the Committee on Public Relations from 1935-1938. At the Diamond Jubilee of the AVMA in New York City in 1938, Campbell presented Veterinary Medicine in New York City (JAVMA JAVMA 45(6):782-800, 1938.
He died at his home, 7632 Crandon Avenue, Chicago, the victim of renal carcinoma, March 27, 1952. He was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery, April 1, 1952.
Thomas B. Jones (1907) was granted Arizona License # 31 in 1924. He practiced in the Phoenix area on West Van Buren. He was the State Veterinarian and president of the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association (Gillespie and Ellsworth 2007).
John S. Koen (1907) graduated from the KCVC in 1907. Although Dr. Koen described swine flu in 1918, his work was not accepted until many years later (Koen, J.S. Am. J. Vet. Med. 14:468-470, 1919). On May 22, 1922, Dr. Koen, Bloomington, Illinois, was the guest speaker at the commencement exercises for the St. Joseph Veterinary College (VM/SAC 17:418, 1922). In 1931 Dr. Koen designed the original meat inspection program for the City of St. Louis. Dr. Koen had a very distinguished veterinary career. In 1933, he is listed as a City Health Officer and specifically as Chief of Food Control for the City of St. Louis. The Dr. John S. Koen Memorial Award is presented each year at Kansas State University for demonstrated proficiency in porcine medicine and surgery.
Hugh Curry (1908) was born in Kansas City in 1885 and received his D.V.S. degree from the KCVC in 1908. He was an instructor in the KCVC from 1917-18. He also served as State Veterinarian for Missouri with office in the capitol building in Jefferson City.
Robert B. Doty (1908) was granted Arizona License # 1 in 1923. He was first listed as practicing in Safford, Arizona (Gillespie and Ellsworth 2007).
Pete Phillipson (1908) was born September 1, 1880, in Gosper County, Nebraska, the son of Andrew Phillipson and Pettrena Olson. He attended Holbrook High School and graduated from the KCVC in 1908. He married Anna S. Olson on December 28, 1902, in Holbrook (Who’s Who in Nebraska 1940). According to Lemonds (1995), Dr. Phillipson of Holbrook, Nebraska, epitomized the pioneer Nebraska veterinarian. In 1983, at the age of 102, he had served 75 years as a veterinarian. On May 4, 1986, the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association dedicated the Dr. Phillipson Veterinary Infirmary at the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer in Grand Island, Nebraska. The Infirmary, a barn-like structure, is one of the largest buildings in Railroad Town. It is believed to be the largest full-scale pioneer veterinary hospital in the United States. There are examination and treatment rooms for both large and small animals. The majority of the veterinary artifacts, tools and equipment that you see in the building came from Dr. Phillipson’s Infirmary in Holbrook. He was president of the Security State Bank, a partner with his brother in buying and feeding cattle, owned 1,280 acres of land in Furnas County and was president of the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Phillipson died on August 8, 1983, in Holbrook, where he had spent his entire life. His veterinary practice of 75 years began with a horse and buggy and he lived to see man on the moon. (Photo: Dr. Phillipson ca. 1925)
Wirt R. Barnard (1909) was a native Kansan, born in 1880, and a son of W.A. and Hannah Barnard. His parents were from Illinois and in September 1878, came to Kansas. Dr. Barnard was educated in the public schools and from an early age showed an interest in livestock and veterinary surgery as a vocation. He entered the KCVC, graduated in 1909, and began an active practice in Belleville, Kansas. In 1915, he formed a partnership with Dr. F.W. Galley, a 1912 graduate of the Chicago Veterinary College. On January 22, 1915, the State Board of Agriculture honored Dr. Barnard by appointment to the office of veterinarian. He was also secretary of the Republic County Agricultural Association and a member of the city council of Belleville.
Williard Lee Boyd (1909) was born September 27, 1883, in Batavia, Illinois. After graduation from the KCVC in 1909, Boyd taught at the University of Minnesota beginning in 1911. The Annual Register of 1918-1919 for the University of Minnesota notes that Boyd was a Professor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery and Associate Veterinarian in charge of the Section of Veterinary Medicine and Pathology, Agricultural Experiment Station. He received the Borden Award for his cattle pathology work in 1945. He was associated with C.P. Fitch in brucellosis research. He was promoted to Director in 1947, serving until 1952. He was president of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association and president of the AVMA in 1952-53. The Kansas Veterinarian, March-April 1963, noted there were nine AVMA past-presidents who were from Kansas or had a Kansas connection.
Reuben A. Button (1909) “formerly of the class of 1908, but who engaged in practice in Seattle, Washington, during the past year and a half, was afflicted with chronic appendicitis and journeyed to Morris, Illinois, the last week in June to be operated upon for this malady. He made a rapid and complete recovery following this operation, and was a visitor at the KCVC the first week in August. Reuben will take up his studies anew at the College during the coming session” (From the Kansas City Veterinary College Quarterly Bulletin, issue 1 p 523). Button later was the president of the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association.
Henry Oscar Kelpe (1909) was born in Centaur or West St. Louis (the homestead is in what is now Babler State Park) July 14, 1877, according to his grandson, Ronald M. Kelpe (ISU 1984). He graduated from the St. Louis Veterinary Dental College in 1906 and the KCVC in 1909. The St. Louis Veterinary Dental College was a short, popular, practical and scientific course taught in eleven weeks. J.W. Watson, V.S., was the dean of the college, located at 2301 Locust Street in St. Louis, Missouri. Following graduation from the KCVC, Kelpe applied and was accepted for a position with the U.S. Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI). The family moved to Albuquerque and later to Roswell (where Ronald Kelpe’s father was born in 1912); Kelpe worked for 4+ years in what was then called the New Mexico Territory, doing disease eradication. During his 4+ years in the New Mexico Territory, Kelpe was involved in foot and mouth and sheep scabies eradication programs. He was essentially shooting cattle that were suspected of having foot and mouth disease and burning their carcasses. He also herded sheep through dips that were diagnosed with scabies. His address was listed as 500 North Richardson Street, Roswell, New Mexico, in the Proceedings of the AVMA 49:69-71. The family returned to St. Louis before moving to Omaha in 1914, where Kelpe worked as the Omaha Stockyards veterinarian until his death at home (3632 South Twenty-third Street) on October 21, 1932. Kelpe also helped the neighborhood dogs, cats, and birds; he performed surgery on days off and in the evenings in the basement of the house, the house where Ronald Kelpe grew up in South Omaha. Ronald Kelpe’s father, as the oldest son, had some good stories as the ten-year-old anesthesiologist. Ronald M. Kelpe (ISU 1984) still has his grandfather’s veterinary dental diploma from 1906 and the composite class picture of 1909 which are remarkably well preserved and hang in one of the exam rooms of his hospital in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. Kelpe joined the AVMA in 1910 and was also a member of the National Association of BAI Veterinarians (Ref: JAVMA 82(2):281, 1933).
Dr. James W. McGinnis (1909), was born November 20, 1885, at Wymore, Nebraska, but grew up in Maywood, Nebraska. He attended York Business College before enrolling in the KCVC in the fall of 1906. Following graduation in 1909, he started his practice of veterinary medicine in Ord, Nebraska, in a livery stable some place in the area of the present day Sack Lumber Company. Most early calls were made with horse and buggy or they caught the train to North Loop or Scotia, hired a team at the livery stable, made the call and came back home by train which had 2-3 times a day service. In the early days for communication, there were many local farmer-owned telephone lines maintained by the farmers and connected to a central office, then a general all-inclusive system with telephone operators at the switchboard then dial phones. Dr. McGinnis served as president of the NVMA in 1915, on the Board of Examiners from 1917-18, was a member of the Ord Methodist Church, IOOF Lodge, Ord City Council, Ord School Board, and North Loup Public Power and Irrigation District. He retired in 1959 (Karre 2009; Lemonds 1982).
Dr. John S. Vinnedge (1909) of Sargent, Nebraska, joined Dr. McGinnis in Ord in 1912. In 1918, Dr. Vinnedge was working near Central City, Nebraska, doing some tuberculosis testing for the government, when he died from the effects of the flu epidemic. Dr. McGinnis (1909) and Dr. Ferguson (1913), known as “Mac” and “Fergy,” continued to practice together for another 30 years (Karre 2009).
Simon Wayne Alford (1910) was born January 23, 1886, at Leanna, Kansas. He graduated from Chanute High School in 1904 and from the KCVC in 1910. He practiced veterinary medicine in Medford and Fremont, Nebraska, from 1910-1913. In 1913, he was appointed Director of the hog cholera serum laboratory at the University of Nebraska Department of Veterinary Science in the College of Agriculture, serving 20 years as Superintendent of the plant. In 1939, he was appointed pathologist and livestock sanitation specialist with the University of Nebraska Extension Department. He served as vice president of the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association in 1914, secretary-treasurer from 1916-19, and was elected president in 1920. He was on the Nebraska Veterinary Examining Board from 1917 to 1923. Alford also served with the Nebraska National Guard beginning in 1923 and in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps during World War II. He retired from the Army in 1946 with the rank of Colonel. Dr. Alford died in Lincoln on May 14, 1955, at the age of 69 (Lemonds 1982).
Dr. Elmer Calvin Eisenhower (1910) According to Dan Holt at the Eisenhower Foundation in Abilene, Kansas, Dr. E.C. Eisenhower (1884-1937) was a second cousin of President (General) Dwight D. Eisenhower. His grandfather Samuel was a brother of Ike’s grandfather Jacob. According to the KCVC Quarterly Bulletin No. 28, June 1910, following graduation, he took up a new a practice he had established at Gypsum, Kansas. His previous service to that community had paved the way for an extensive practice immediately upon his return following his graduation. Dykstra’s KSAC Veterinary Alumni News, October 1, 1925, notes “E.C. Eisenhower, KCVC 1910, after having spent several years in practice in Gypsum City, Kansas, decided opportunities were better in a larger city and moved to Salina, where he is established in general practice.”
Dr. James Monroe Eisenhower (1910) According to Dan Holt, Dr. J.M. Eisenhower may have been an uncle of Dr. E.C. Eisenhower and a first cousin once removed from President Eisenhower. According to the KCVC Quarterly Bulletin, No. 28, June, 1910, Dr. J.M. Eisenhower returned to Schell City, Missouri, after graduation where a splendid practice had already been established. The June 1911 KCVC Quarterly Bulletin, No. 32, June 1911, notes that he was a recent Kansas City visitor to purchase an automobile in order that he might respond to the calls of a rapidly increasing clientele. Eisenhower practiced large animal medicine in Schell City and Nevada, Missouri until 1927, when they moved to Los Angeles, California. From 1927 to 1928, he was in a mixed practice of small animal and dairy. For the next ten years (1929-1939), he practiced in Hollywood, California, at the Beverly Dog and Cat Hospital. He then moved to the Van Nuys Small Animal Hospital from 1939 to 1951. His son Arthur John Eisenhower graduated from the University of California at Davis in 1953 (Gillespie and Ellsworth 2007).
Dr. Joseph Charles Flynn (1910) was born in York, Nebraska, in 1878. He graduated from the Kansas City Veterinary College in 1910 and opened a practice on Spring Street in the West Bottoms in Kansas City. Within a few years he moved to 3038 Main Street where he operated a mixed practice out of a barn. He was among the first to set up a practice devoted exclusively to small animals. As his companion animal practice grew, Dr. Flynn realized that he need a more sophisticated structure to better isolate diseased patients, to handle multiple clients, and to provide sterile care. In 1915, he modified a brick building at 3026 Main Street into the prototype of today’s veterinary clinic. Flynn’s pet hospital in Kansas City, established in 1915, was considered a model; he became a spokesman for this new concept and became a popular speaker on the efficient design of pet hospitals and how companion animal medicine could provide a good living. Flynn had an ultra-modern limousine type of ambulance built by the Holcker Manufacturing Company for his hospital on Main Street in Kansas City. The cost of the ambulance was about $1,500. The body was divided into upper and lower compartments. The upper part was also fitted with adjustable partitions, allowing dogs and cats to be accommodated without danger of physical conflict. The interior was electrically lighted. Electric lights on the sides gave the ambulance a luxurious appearance. Flynn organized the American Society of Veterinary Therapy, was an associate editor of the North American Veterinarian, and contributed articles on small animal topics. He proposed the idea of a section on small animal practice within the AVMA, and with the aid of Dr. L. A. Merillat, this section was created over the objections of those who had previously opposed Dr. Flynn on this question. The first meeting of this section was held at Portland, Oregon, in 1925. Early in his career and in order to best to meet prevailing prices for spaying bitches, he developed the technic for the operation which bears his name. It was referred to by the originator at the “suture-less spaying operation.” Flynn was the president of the AVMA in 1935-36. At the 73rd annual convention of the AVMA, August 10-14, 1936, Flynn in his presidential address advocated, among other things, a campaign against doping racehorses. Flynn retired from practice in 1940, but resumed active work a year later when his successor was called to military service in World War II in the wake of Pearl Harbor. Flynn died of a heart attack on April 26, 1954 (from the University of Missouri Veterinary Medical Review, Vol. 20, No. 2, Spring/Summer, 2005; KCVMA News & Notes, May/June, 2010 and March/April 2011; The North American Veterinarian June, 1954, p. 418).
John Neal Huff (1910) John’s son, Major, reported to Dr. Ole Stalheim in 1986 that he knew of hundreds of companies working in the hog cholera antiserum business nationwide at the turn of the century. Kansas City supported at least 10 manufacturing plants in the proximity of the thriving stockyards on the city’s west side. John Huff started his first serum company in 1913 in Sioux City, Iowa, in partnership with the owner of the Henri Packing Company. Over the next decade, he started four serum companies, several other ventures, and a hog-feeding operation. He also spun off two other serum companies, including Anchor Serum Company. Over the next 10 years, John Huff was involved with several other companies: the Peters Serum Company, the Union Serum Company, the American Serum Company, the Globe Serum Company, and the Colorado Serum Company. Dr. J.N. Huff moved to Denver, Colorado, in 1922 to open a satellite manufacturing plant to the original “American Serum Company” founded in Sioux City, Iowa. Denver’s high altitude provided hogs with enriched blood, so Colorado was considered an ideal environment for producing a new antiserum for Hog Cholera. In 1923, the small Denver plant began production and shortly thereafter separated from American Serum to become Colorado Serum Company. Hog Cholera was eventually eradicated from the United States. Colorado Serum Company went on to expand its product lines to include a full range of large animal biologicals, large animal veterinary instruments, veterinary diagnostics, specialty products, and laboratory reagents. The facilities now cover 22 acres in Denver and contain all manufacturing as well as administrative offices. Products are marketed and distributed by numerous animal health companies across the globe. Colorado Serum Company is a 4th generation family-owned company, on the cutting edge of modern science while continuing the valuable and time honored traditions of personal and responsive service (Gillespie and Ellsworth 2007).
Toby W. Crump (1911) was granted Arizona License # 49 in 1937. Dr. Crump practiced in the Glendale area around 1918 and was employed as a Federal Veterinarian around 1939 (Gillespie and Ellsworth 2007).
David M. Dill (1911) was granted Arizona License # 53 in 1937 (Gillespie and Ellsworth 2007).
Floyd L. Marney (1911) was granted Arizona License # 29 in 1924. He practiced in Chino Valley and Prescott around 1944 (Gillespie and Ellsworth 2007).
Dr. Carl J. Norden (1911) The Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teaching Award is named in honor of Dr. Norden, founder of Norden Laboratories, and is sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health. It is given annually to a teacher at each veterinary college in the United States. According to Lemonds (1982), Dr. Norden was born at Norra Halsingland (Norland), Sweden, on December 18, 1888. The family came to the United States in 1896 and settled in Polk County, Nebraska. After attending Grand Island Business College, Carl Norden enrolled in the KCVC. While a veterinary student, Carl was a student representative for Jensen-Salsbery Laboratories. The KCVC Quarterly Bulletin No. 25, September 1909, reports that Carl Norden selected Spencer, Nebraska, for a summer practice and was making trips to all neighboring towns, finding plenty of work and good success. The KCVC Quarterly Bulletin No. 33, September 1911, reported that following graduation from the KCVC, Dr. Norden found an opening at Nebraska City with which he was well pleased. The KCVC Quarterly Bulletin No. 36, June 1912, notes that Dr. Norden was recently made a member of the health board for Nebraska City. The KCVC Quarterly Bulletin No. 44, June 1914 reported that Dr. Norden fractured his right leg just below the knee when his car overturned while making a trip from Nebraska City to Weeping Water, Nebraska. The KCVC Quarterly Bulletin No. 52, June 1916 notes that Dr. Norden had associated himself with the American Veterinary Supply Company in Kansas City. His address was 1401 East Fifteenth Street, Kansas City, Missouri. After serving in the U. S. Army Veterinary Corps, Dr. Norden became the Assistant State Veterinarian in Nebraska. In 1919, Dr. Norden established Norden Laboratories in Lincoln, Nebraska. Dykstra’s KSAC Veterinary Alumni News, Oct 1, 1926, reports that Dr. Norden was elected president of the Missouri Valley Veterinary Association at the meeting held in Kansas City during the summer months. In 1960, Norden Laboratories became a subsidiary of SmithKline and French laboratories (later GlaxoSmithKline Corporation).
Charles E. Salsbery (1911) After Dr. Salsbery graduated from the KCVC, he was employed as an assistant to Dr. A.T. Kinsley in the pathology department. In 1914, he left the KCVC to establish, with Dr. Jensen, the Jensen-Salsbery laboratories, one of the largest veterinary supply houses in its day. Dr. Salsbery was in charge of the production of biological products, including anti-hog cholera serum. Dr. Salsbery died at the age of 57 from an infection with equine encephalomyelitis. He was vice-president of Jensen-Salsbery Laboratories at the time (Lindley 1973).
Walter Hayward Spencer (1911) earned a B.S. degree in agronomy from KSAC in 1902 and then was a farmer and stockman near Yates Center, Kansas, from 1902-08. In the fall of 1908, he enrolled in the KCVC and earned a D.V.S. degree in 1911. He returned to Yates Center and worked as a veterinary surgeon (From: Record of the Alumni of the Kansas State Agricultural College, Manhattan, Kansas, Kansas State Agricultural College, Department of Printing, 1914).
Anton W. Bohaboy (1912) was born in Czechoslovakia on September 8, 1888. He came to the United States when he was quite young. He graduated from the KCVC in 1912 and practiced veterinary medicine at Prague, Nebraska, until his retirement in 1967. During WWI, he served in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 119, Royal Arch Masons Chapter 43, and American Legion Post 254. The American Legion Post No. 254 of Prague, Nebraska was chartered on April 26, 1920, by 34 Veterans of World War I. Its first commander was Dr. Bohaboy. He died on January 26, 1963, at Prague, Nebraska, at age 74. Military graveside services were held by Masonic Lodge 119 and burial was at the Bohemian National Cemetery in Prague (Lemonds 1982).
John H. Copenhaver (1912) was the Laboratory Supervisor for the Corn States Serum Company in 1917. An advertisement in the American Journal of Veterinary Medicine in 1917 noted that Dr. G.R. Tinkham was the General Manager and that Corn States serum conferred immediate and lasting immunity against hog cholera. The main office and laboratories were in Omaha, Nebraska (Am. J. Vet. Med. 12:196, 1917) The Norden News reported in 1946 that Copenhaver, formerly of Houston, Iowa and Nebraska, retired from general practice to manage a ranch near Burton, Texas (Norden News 20 (5):11, November-December, 1946).
Arthur Winston Ewing (1912) was born on February 4, 1882, at Morrisville, Missouri, where his father was the Methodist minister. He completed his grade school and high school education in Morrisville and attended Morrisville Methodist College. Dr. Ewing practiced for 45 years in Morrisville until he became ill, except for two years with the Bureau of Animal Industry in tuberculosis eradication in Missouri and Arkansas. According to the Missouri Year Book of Agriculture published in 1918, pages 139 and 142, he was appointed a deputy to the Missouri State Veterinarian for the year 1918 and perhaps other years as well. On December 15, 1920, he married Emma May Briley. They raised two sons, Morris B., 1024 Pine Valley Road, Little Rock, Arkansas, a dairyman, University of Arkansas, and Winston of Morrisville who was a marketing expert for the Agricultural Department for the State of Missouri. During this whole time he also farmed and raised shorthorn cattle. Dr. Ewing was a member of the Masonic Lodge, which he served as Master; he was also active in the Methodist church. He died September 13, 1957, at his home in Morrisville after an extended illness of three years (KCVC Alumni Quarterly 42 (2):13, 1959; JAVMA 135:45, 1958).
Carl F. Fischer (1912) According to his son, Dr. George F. Fischer (a retired Colonel, U.S. Army Veterinary Corps and a 1954 graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine), Carl Fischer was born near Hopedale, Illinois, on January 6, 1887, the second child of George and Henrietta (Ahl) Fischer. Carl’s parents emigrated from Germany; they met aboard ship and married after arriving in the US. They first settled in Illinois in 1883 and were farmers. In 1906 the family moved to 100 acres they purchased approximately two miles southwest of Garden City, Missouri. During the move, Carl’s parents and his two sisters rode the rail coach and Carl and his brother Eugene rode with the livestock and household belongings. Carl and his brother returned to Illinois the fall of 1906-1908 to work for former neighbors to assist with the harvest.
In the fall of 1909 both Carl and Eugene entered the KCVC. Neither of the boys had much formal education but they were avid readers. Dr. George Fischer has a photo copy of a postcard Carl wrote his older sister on January 21, 1910, saying that Eugene had quit college, had caught the train for home at 9:50 pm the night before, and that he sure hated to see him leave. Carl spoke frequently of the extracurricular activities of the KCVC, the YMCA and the assistance the college provided in finding living accommodations and some part time work to assist financially. He talked of going to the Kansas City Star/Times and loading papers for distribution. After completion of the first year, students could take an examination for clinical proficiency and if found acceptable, they were granted a certificate or license to practice; this was valid for three years and provided students an opportunity to earn funds to return to college to complete their degrees. Carl passed the examination in the spring of 1910; he practiced plus went to school, graduating in 1912. He completed his DVM requirements in three six-month college years.
Dr. Carl Fischer returned to Garden City, lived with his parents for a year or two and then moved into Garden City, a community of about 1200 people today, where he purchased property with a house and barn. He occupied a living space in the house and had his office there but he also rented most of the house to another family. The barn was used to stable his horse and house his buggy. He had a full length horsehide coat (in possession of Dr. George Fischer’s older sister) and horse blankets (one is in possession of Dr. George Fischer’s younger sister) that he used for body comfort during the winter when making farm calls. When he arrived at a farm, he would take the blanket off himself and cover the horse until he was ready to return to town. Dr. George Fischer said that horse blanket still smells of horse perspiration if it gets wet. Dr. Carl Fischer’s first automobile was a 1917 Model “T” Ford Doctor's Coupe. His second auto was a 1924 Model “T” Ford Doctor's Coupe. This car was his practice vehicle until the spring of 1936. Dr. George Fischer said he can attest to the stamina of the vehicle. He spent his young formative years riding the country roads primarily in Cass County, Missouri, doing a junior apprenticeship in veterinary medicine.
Carl met Edith M. Webb in the fall of 1924 and they were married in April 1925. During the 1930's, many farmers lost their farms and livestock. During the depression of the 1930's and the drought, there were many frantic calls because cattle had breached fences, seeking something green to eat, and were in fields of sorghum; prussic acid poisoning claimed many animals. It was not unusual for a farmer with no money and little feed for livestock to offer a sack or two of corn or oats or bring some hay to the home as we had an acre of ground, kept a cow, chickens (both for eggs and meat), and sometimes a pig for butchering. Sacks of grain traveled well on the back deck of the Doctor's coupe and there was adequate space in the floor board to haul a shoat. Dad would arrive home and tell Mom, "I didn't collect any money but we will have something to eat."
Even though it has been 75 years, Dr. George Fischer said he can still drive to within a few hundred yards of where his dad saw his first case of Western Equine Encephalomyelitis in Bates County, Missouri. In those years, the primary source of agricultural power was the horse, and spring time surgery to castrate horses was a major activity. Dr. George Fischer recalls a Saturday morning in 1932 or 1933; they headed out around 5:30 am and returned home around 3:00 pm. Many of these animals were three-year-olds and when the casting harness was removed, a collar and harness were placed on the gelded animals and placed in a hitch with broken horses on a plow. With a good casting harness used for anesthesia (Dr. George Fischer still has the casting harness), Dr. Carl Fischer had earned $33.00 dollars for his day’s efforts. They said they probably only visited 5 or 6 farms, all in the same neighborhood. Dr. Carl Fischer also did extensive testing in both Cass and Bates Counties in the eradication of tuberculosis in the early 1930's. After some of the farmers regained some fiscal solvency after WWII, several of them came to the house and settled their accounts, some 15-20 years of being active but never paid in full.
He was active in the KCVC Alumni Association, and Dr. George Fischer has his dad’s membership cards in the AVMA, Missouri Veterinary Medical Association and the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. George Fischer had the privilege to meet many of the pillars of the veterinary profession because he had the opportunity to attend many of the meetings with his dad even before he finished high school. Dr. Carl Fischer practiced to the end of his life, suffering a coronary while delivering a calf. He died a week later, February 26, 1968.
Dr. Carl Fischer spent his entire career, predominately in food animal and equine practice, in Garden City, Missouri. Dr. George Fischer has the graduation announcement for his father’s class of 1912, graduation photo, his dad’s license to practice in both Kansas and Missouri, and other memorabilia.
Mason A. Harp (1912) was granted Arizona License # 15. He worked for the Federal Government in Phoenix around 1919 (Gillespie and Ellsworth, 2007).
Hugh H. Hervey (1912) graduated from the KCVC in 1912 in a class of some 130 students. According to congressional documents, he was appointed a tagger with the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) on December 1, 1906, at $720 per annum, to take effect on December 10, 1906. His services were needed on the force at Nebraska City, Nebraska, in the enforcement of the meat inspection regulations. Hervey had two sons who studied veterinary medicine at Kansas State University, William H. Hervey (KSC 1937) and James Sterling Hervey (KSC 1947). Dr. William Hervey was in regulatory veterinary medicine, and served in the U.S. Air Force. Dr. James Hervey practiced in Wichita first on Pawnee Street east of Washington Street. In 1960-61, the practice moved to 3036 South Broadway. Dr. Walter Cash, Professor of Anatomy, and Roy Walter Upham, Professor of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, worked in Dr. Hervey’s practice in Wichita as students and knew both Drs. James Hervey and his father, Dr. Hugh H. Hervey.
S. Hendricks Woods, Sr. (1912) According to Kirkeminde (1976), Dr. Woods was born in Rutherford County, Tennessee, in March 1885. He was the son of Steven H. Woods, M.D., and Sarah Catherine Hoffa; he was one of nineteen children. As a youngster he worked on a farm and hauled logs to Murfreesboro. He attended public schools in Murfreesboro. Before entering veterinary school, he worked for Dr. George White and Dr. Joseph Plaskett in Nashville. He was licensed to practice in Tennessee on December 16, 1912, at the age of twenty-seven. He held Tennessee license number 153. Raising and racing horses was a great pastime for Dr. Woods. One of the horses he bred and raised held the track record at Murfreesboro for the fastest mile. He served as Livestock Inspector for Rutherford County from 1914-1916. He was twice president of the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association and first vice president from 1938-39. He was named “Veterinarian of the Year” for Tennessee in 1959 and honored with life membership.
An interesting story told in Kirkeminde’s History of Veterinary Medicine in Tennessee is about a female coon Dr. Woods owned which was quite a pet. Her name was Lula Belle. One night she pried herself from her cage and went into the pharmacy where she knocked over the telephone. Lula Belle proceeded to remove the tops from many of the bottles and compound her own prescription. The telephone operator heard the commotion and could not figure out what was happening. She called the police and they came to discover what had happened. They called Dr. Woods who spent the remainder of the night cleaning up after Lula Belle. Many coon hunters would come into the office with their dogs and tell stories about how their dogs could whip any coon. Dr. Woods would delight in betting them that their dog would not even fight a coon. After a heated argument, Dr. Woods would get Lula Belle and turn her loose in the room with the coon hounds. Of course Lula Belle was not afraid of dogs since she was raised with dogs. She would walk right up to the hounds and make loving advances. The dog owners simply could not believe this. There is a folk tale that coons do not breed in captivity, but Lula Belle proved this wrong on several occasions. Dr. Woods died June 15, 1976 (Kirkeminde 1976).
Dr. Burt Lyle Currier (1913) was born December 6, 1891, Mantorville Township, Dodge County, Minnesota, according to his nephew, Dr. Russell W. Currier (Minnesota 1967), Executive Vice President Emeritus, American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. As a student, he lived at 1413 Forest Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri. He practiced veterinary medicine in Hayfield, Minnesota, for several years, but later took a meat inspection job with the USDA and worked in the turkey plant in Faribault, Minnesota, for several years before retirement. He died October 9, 1961. Dr. Russell Currier recalls meeting his uncle once about 1949 when he was around 9 or 10 years old, and according to a cousin he made pretty good money and always had a nice car. The turkey plant is still in operation and Dr. Currier said he went through it during his student days, circa 1966. He told the inspector that his Uncle Burt used to work in the plant and indeed he confirmed this by seeing his name on some old papers. Dr. Currier said he was in the Army at time of Burt's passing and it totally eclipsed his recall. The veterinarian in charge of the plant during his student tour was a character and made the observation that this was not a job for anyone who could not make a decision. He offered that he was hammered by his supervisors for letting too many birds through with mild air sacculitis so he promptly condemned a larger numbers of birds and they stopped the line and called Washington [probably Senator Humphrey] and there was a little 'dust up' after which the issue was resolved and he went back to using good judgment again.
Later, Dr. Russ Currier said while he was still with CDC and before he came to Iowa a year later, he was asked to investigate a large psittacosis episode emanating out of Texas in 1974 in processing plant workers in Waco and Lampasas, Texas, a Norbest plant in Nebraska and yet a fourth plant in southwest Missouri. In the conclusion, Dr. Currier traveled to Washington, DC, USDA headquarters for FSIS, at the invitation of Mike Pullen who investigated the turkey producers involved in the outbreak, and met Dr. Ed Merritt, chief of poultry meat inspection, and he informed me that his first assignment in meat inspection was the turkey plant in Faribault and that Dr. Burt Currier was his supervisor. Dr. Russ Currier donated many of the books that Dr. Burt Currier used as a student at the KCVC.
Dr. Allan J. Ferguson (1913) was born May 17, 1888, in Taylor, Nebraska. He joined Dr. McGinnis and Dr. Vinnedge in Ord, Nebraska, in 1913 after graduating from the KCVC. In 1913, Dr. McGinnis (1909), Dr. Vinnedge (1909), and Dr. Ferguson remodeled the old Methodist Church at the corner of 14th and L Streets and converted it into an animal hospital. The stucco building still stands and if you look real close, you can still see high on the front painted “McGinnis & Ferguson, Animal Hospital.” Dr. Ferguson served in World War I, but returned to Ord after his discharge from active duty. In their early years, their practice was mainly draft and carriage horses. Also, every farmer milked some cows and raised hogs, sheep, and chickens, which gave the veterinarians a variety of interests. During the 1930’s, with the drought and depression, it was a real challenge for them to keep the practice going. During that time, Dr. McGinnis contracted with the State of Nebraska to test cattle for tuberculosis in central and western Nebraska, while Dr. Ferguson kept the practice going at home. During that time, there was a sleeping sickness outbreak in horses and Dr. Ferguson would go all day and night, hiring a driver and sleeping between calls, trying to keep up with treatments and vaccinations. When the drought ended and the economy improved, the two partners were both kept busy again with more hogs, more dairy cattle and more beef cattle. During World War II, with a shortage of veterinarians in the area, they were extremely busy. Every auction market had to have a Veterinary Inspector on hand. So in addition to their own practice, they were inspecting six auction markets every week. In 1948, Dr. Dale Karre, a native of Scotia, Nebraska, and a graduate of Colorado State University, joined the practice. Dr. Ferguson retired in 1951. He was a member of the Ord Presbyterian Church. He died July 5, 1963, and is buried in the Ord City Cemetery (Karre 2009; Lemonds 1982).
Dr. Owen H. Person (1913) According to Lemonds (1995), Dr. Person was born on a farm near West Point, Nebraska, on November 28, 1888. He graduated from West Point High School in 1906 and farmed in Cuming County from 1906-10. Dr. Person entered the KCVC in 1910 and graduated in 1913 in a class of 103 graduates. He immediately located a practice in Wahoo, Nebraska, forming a partnership with Dr. W. E. Nordheim (Chicago Veterinary College, 1905). He was mayor of Wahoo for 16 years (1922-38), president of the Chamber of Commerce, Saunders County Fair Board, and League of Nebraska Municipalities. Dr. Person was president of the NVMA in 1947. He was one of two Nebraska veterinarians who served in the Nebraska Unicameral legislature. He served as State Senator from Wahoo from 1947 through 1956. Following this he became State Veterinarian from 1957 to 1958. As a state legislator for ten years, Dr. Person introduced bills to provide for improved swine and bovine brucellosis control and narcotics regulations. He sponsored legislation for both the medical and veterinary professions including agreements made by the University of Nebraska with other states for the acceptance of Nebraska students in their schools of veterinary medicine. Dr. Person was chairman of the Public Health Committee for eight years, and introduced legislation which required the appointment of a veterinarian on the State Board of Health. In 1956, he was presented a meritorious service award by the AVMA. Following his retirement, he became race track veterinarian at AkSarBen in Omaha from 1960 to 1973 while in his 80s.
Dr. Joseph E. Weinman (1913) According to the KCVC Quarterly Bulletin, No. 41, September, 1913, Dr. Weinman was in practice in Loup City, Nebraska, in addition to weekly trips to his old location at Arcadia. He taught anatomy for several years at the St. Joseph Veterinary College, and then practiced in Nebraska until he was hired to teach anatomy at the University of Missouri. He is also listed as a 1921 graduate of the St. Joseph Veterinary College. Dr. Weinman’s son, Dr. Donald E. Weinman was a 1946 graduate of Kansas State College and taught microanatomy at Kansas State.
In 1946, The Norden News reported that Dr. J. E. Weinman, KCVC, 1913, Lincoln, Nebraska, after 27 years of practice, had accepted the position as Chairman, Department of Anatomy in the new College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Dr. Weinman, an experienced anatomy instructor, taught anatomy at the KCVC from 1914-15 and at St. Joseph Veterinary College in 1920-23. He served in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps during World War I, was president of the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association in 1933 and was on the Nebraska Board of Veterinary Examiners for 7 years. He recently completed a small animal hospital in Lincoln. His son-in-law, Dr. R. W. White, CSC, 1943, is now in charge of the hospital and is being assisted by Dr. R. H. Cook, KSC, 1943 (Norden News 20(5):3, 1946).
Henry E. Kemper (1914) was granted Arizona License # 19 in 1925 (Gillespie and Ellsworth).
Dr. Joseph Edward Salsbury (1914) was born in Long Eaton, England, in 1887 and came to America when he was 21 years old. 1n 1912, he worked for Dr. McCloud in Charles City, Iowa, and graduated from the KCVC in 1914. He practiced in western Nebraska until the fall of 1922, leaving because of the drought. In November 1922, he moved his family to Menno, South Dakota, because of the large hog population where he practiced veterinary medicine until December 1923. Mrs. Salsbury was not satisfied with the school system for her children and also the lack of water available for Dr. Salsbury’s experiments. Dr. Salsbury moved his family to Charles City, Iowa, and took over Dr. McCloud’s practice after Dr. McCloud left to do government work. He founded Dr. Salsbury Laboratories in 1929 to produce chemical based products for parasite and disease control in poultry. Later, it included biological products for the animal health industry. Salsbury Laboratories evolved into two companies, Fort Dodge Animal Health and Salsbury Chemicals, both located in Charles City, Iowa. Fort Dodge Animal Health is a leading national and international manufacturer and distributor of prescription and over the counter animal health care products for livestock and companion animal industries. Salsbury Chemicals is dedicated to providing services and products in the life science industry that aid in the treatment of prostate cancer, cholesterol reduction and kidney dialysis. Dr. Salsbury’s son, Dr. John G. Salsbury, graduated from Iowa State University in 1940 and served as president and chairman of Salsbury Laboratories. Dr. Joseph Salsbury died in 1967, but his good works continued with the establishment of the Salsbury Foundation. In 1985, the foundation gave each of the 27 colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States an endowment to support scholarships. That gift was the greatest single undertaking of the foundation, which was then dissolved in 1986. (Ludgate and Kitzler) See also Dr. Ole Stalheim’s book, The Winning of Animal Health.
Dr. Clyde E. Ackerman (1915) was born in Brainard, Nebraska, January 19 or 20, 1881 (Lemonds 1982). He taught school in Nebraska for several years, one year in a soddy (sod hut); he also lived in a soddy that winter. They burned hay and cow chips to keep warm. Clyde Ackerman later moved to Kansas City with his family. He was one of 112 students in the class of 1915 (Lee 1956). The list of graduates notes that he already had a B.Pd. degree which stands for Bachelor of Pedagogy. Pedagogy is the art or profession of teaching. There were graduates with B.Sc. degrees, M.S. degrees and even some with M.D. degrees in the class of 1915. He practiced veterinary medicine in Rosedale, Missouri, southeast of Kansas City, for about two years. He then taught in the St Joseph Veterinary College in Missouri. He later moved back to Nebraska to practice veterinary medicine, first in Wilber, then Crete, and possibly Stapleton. From Nebraska, he went to Windsor, Colorado, then to Fort Collins where he was on the faculty at Colorado State University. He later moved to New Mexico and then to California where he died.
The name Ackerman became one of Nebraska’s three generation veterinary families (Lemonds 1982). Dr. Clyde Ackerman’s son, Grant Albert Ackerman, was born in Brainard, Nebraska, January 12, 1902. In the St. Joseph alumni records, there is a Grant Ackerman with the year 1923 and the note that he left St. Joseph and graduated from Colorado State University in 1928 where his father was teaching. He was probably midway through his veterinary education when the school closed. Grant Ackerman’s son, Ed Ackerman, was a 1955 graduate from Kansas State College; he practiced veterinary medicine in Lincoln, Nebraska, and also worked for the USDA.
Dr. Ashe Lockhart (1915) was born in Wadesboro, North Carolina, in 1891. He received his B.S. degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg and then entered the Kansas City Veterinary College, graduating in 1915. After serving on the faculty of the KCVC from 1916-18 where he taught hygiene, microscopy, and bacteriology, he became associated with Dr. A.T. Kinsley of Kinsley Laboratories. Dr. Lockhart established his own firm, Ashe Lockhart, Inc., in 1927 which manufactured biological products. The firm was sold in 1955 to Cutter Laboratories. Dr. Lockhart made many contributions to veterinary science; he was especially interested and successful in developing and improving a number of biological products, including a canine distemper vaccine on which Laidlaw and Dunkin later based some of their well-known work. Dr. Lockhart was an active member and loyal supporter of veterinary medical associations, local, state, and national. He was a member of the AVMA Executive Board (District VIII) in 1935-36 and later was elected for a five-year term, 1941-46. He was a member of the Society of American Bacteriologists and an associate member of the Jackson County Medical Association. Dr. Lockhart died at his home, 610 West 57th Street Terrace, Kansas City, Missouri. He was married to Marguerite Mayo, daughter of Dr. N.S. Mayo (Chicago Veterinary College 1889).
Warren Mines Roth (1915) was born on July 24, 1882, in Plymouth, Lyon County, Kansas. He worked as a farmhand, farmer, and barber in Lyon, Chase, and Montgomery counties until entering the KCVC in 1912. He married Miranda Cornelius Phillips from Howard, Elk County, Kansas, on July 28, 1909. A daughter, Thayal Flora Roth, was born on October 16, 1915, in Conway Springs, Sumner County, Kansas, the year he graduated from the KCVC. During World War I, Roth was commissioned a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps and discharged on December 20, 1918. In 1920, he was residing in Lincolnville, Marion County, Kansas. A son, Jack Wilford Roth, was born on October 15, 1921, in Lincolnville. Another son, Dick David Roth was born on October 15, 1926, in Lincolnville. Roth moved to Dell Rapids, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, in 1940. He served various counties of South Dakota, working for the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), specializing in the eradication of tuberculosis. He died on Saturday, January 2, 1943, in Miller, Hand County, South Dakota, from a stroke sustained at a hotel in Miller on Christmas Day. His wife and son, Dick, were with him, having gone to that place to spend the holidays. Roth was a member of the George A. Fitzgerald Post of the American Legion and also a 32nd degree Mason. He was survived by his widow, the former Miranda C. Phillips; one daughter, Mrs. Thayal Hall, Wilmette, Illinois; and two sons, Staff Sgt. Jack Roth on duty in India and Dick David at home; and his aged mother, Mrs. Gabriel Roth, Lincolnville, Kansas. Last rites were held on Wednesday afternoon, with a service at Hermanson Chapel at 1:30 p.m., followed by a service in the Methodist Church with the Rev. A. L. Walter, officiating. Interment was January 6, 1943, in Dell Rapids Cemetery Plot P11. Full military honors were conducted at the grave by members of the George A. Fitzgerald Post (From Dell Rapids Tribune, January 7, 1943, and his grandson, Bruce Roth, 11 Kathy Circle, Conway, Arkansas 72032).
Fred L. Seevers (1915) The obituary of Dr. Seevers is in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (Dec. 15, 1973). He was a 1915 graduate of the Kansas City Veterinary College. The obituary states among other things that he was a past president of the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association, President of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association (1946-47), and State Veterinarian in 1946-47. He also played a role in helping establish the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri. He was also honored by the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association at the 73rd annual convention in 1965. (His picture appears in the 1965 issue of the Show Me Veterinarian.)
John Lysle Wells (1915), according to the 1946 Norden News, was born in Paris, Texas, in 1891 and graduated from the KCVC in 1915. Wells was a veteran of World War I; he entered the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant with a cavalry regiment on the Mexican border and rose to the rank of Major, was assigned as Corps Veterinarian to the I Corps of the First Army, which engaged in many of the decisive European battles. Dr. Wells was a member of the American Legion, War Dads, and the Kansas City Area Council of the Boy Scouts. He was engaged in general practice in Southwestern Missouri and the Kansas City milk shed area until beginning his association with Haver-Glover Laboratories in 1937. He was an active member of the AVMA, a charter member and first president of the Southwestern Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, president of the Kansas City and Missouri associations, and Secretary of the Missouri VMA from 1941-46 (Norden News 20(5): 7, November-December, 1946).
Albert Wempe (1915) spent most of his career operating the Wempe Animal Clinic in Marysville, Kansas, which specialized in the care of large animals, especially horses. It was Albert’s passion for horses that led him to raise and show American Saddle horses. Albert served on the Kansas State Board of Veterinary Examiners during the early 1930s. Albert died in January 1984. An astounding fourteen members of the Wempe family became veterinarians. Nine graduated from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Floyd Eugene Carroll (1916) was born on June 20, 1893, in La Grange, Wyoming. His father was a pioneer Wyoming cattleman. He graduated from the KCVC in 1916 in a class of more than 140 students. In 1914, while still a student at the KCVC, he won the title of “World’s Champion Bronco Buster.” He was the youngest contestant ever to enter the championship event. The Examiner, Big Piney, Wyoming, reported on September 10, 1914, “Wyoming Lad Wins – Gets $1,000 in Gold in Bronco Busting Contest – Floyd Carroll, a youth of Wheatland, Wyoming, won the world’s rough riding championship in the ride off of the Frontier Days’ contest, receiving $1,000 in gold, a $500 saddle, and $500 in other prizes.” The Kansas City Veterinary College Quarterly Bulletin (No. 51, March, 1916, page 1293) reported that “Floyd E. Carroll, 1916, is spending the summer investigating Dourine for the State of Wyoming. Worland is his present headquarters.” The American Journal of Veterinary Medicine (Vol 11, No. 4, April, 1916, page 329) reported “The Kansas City Veterinary College Senior Class of this year claims the distinction of having among its number the champion saddle rider of the world. He is Floyd E. Carroll of Wheatland, Wyoming. Carroll won his title in a contest against a big field of expert horsemen at the 1914 Frontier Day celebration in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He is 24 years old, and following his graduation from college will enter the employ of the State of Wyoming as a veterinary inspector.”
Carroll was a cavalry officer during WWI. According to Merillat and Campbell (page 1001) he was commissioned a second lieutenant on August 29, 1917, and promoted to first lieutenant on May 3, 1918; his first duty station was the Remount Depot, Front Royal, Virginia, and in February 1918 he was assigned to Camp Johnston, Florida, with the A.E.F. Carroll won a riding trophy at an event for Allied Officers in Tulles, France. He was discharged on October 31, 1919. Carroll was also a stunt rider in western movies. According to Carroll’s grandson, Mike Palmer, Carroll had six children and was a stunt rider in California after WWI in silent western movies. Palmer said Dr. Carroll moved his family to Remount Ranch, Wyoming, about 1930. Dr. Carroll had met a Swede, Helge Sture-Vasa, who had experience working horses in the U.S. Army’s Remount Service. Vasa’s wife went by the pen name Mary O’Hara, a Hollywood screen writer in the 1920’s. The couple bought Remount Ranch in 1930 and stocked it with sheep and Dr. Carroll moved his family there to run the ranch. They went broke during the depression and Carroll moved to Cheyenne with his family. Mary O’Hara wrote My Friend Flicka in 1941, Thunderhead in 1943, The Green Grass of Wyoming in 1946, and Wyoming Summer, based on her experiences at the Ranch. Carroll’s children were schooled by a teacher sent by the state to live on the Ranch.
He maintained a practice in Albany County and Laramie, Wyoming, for many years and he also practiced in Pinedale, Wyoming, for several years. The North American Veterinarian, Volume 37, No. 8, page 716, August, 1956, reported “Dr. Floyd E. Carroll (KCVC 1916), of Laramie, Wyoming, has been appointed a deputy state veterinarian for the southwestern district of Wyoming.” In 1956, he was living in Green River, Wyoming, and serving as deputy state veterinarian (Pinedale Roundup, Pinedale, Wyoming, Sep 27, 1956). He gave up his practice in the 1950’s in Laramie and entered the employment of the Wyoming Livestock and Sanitary Board, from which he retired in 1963. At a meeting of the Wyoming Veterinary Medical Association in Cheyenne on June 24-25, 1963, Dr. Floyd E. Carroll (KCVC 1916) was made a life member of the Wyoming Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA 143: 778, 1963). He was the first county commissioner to be appointed to Platte County, Wyoming. He was heavily involved in Cheyenne Frontier Days.
On April 4, 1998, Carroll was inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame at the 37th Annual Western Heritage Awards Ceremony in the National Cowboy and Great Western Museum in Oklahoma City as reported in the Las Vegas Review-Journal on April 20, 1998. Carroll was honored with the Great Westerner’s Award, the highest honor bestowed during the ceremony. Carroll’s eldest daughter, Isabel Christoffersen, of Chicago, accepted the award, a handsome bronze statue “The Wrangler.” Masters of ceremonies for the evening were Bruce Boxleitner and Melissa Gilbert. Musical host was Larry Gatlin, and co-host presenters included Charlton Heston, Harry Carey Jr., Wilford Brimley, and Brad Johnson. In all, there were 20 bronzes awarded in the categories of outstanding Western books, music, art work, and three individuals were awarded the Great Westerners Award. “Doc” Carroll’s part of the program began with a short film of Carroll’s life beginning with winning the World’s Bucking Horse Championship in 1914; he had the distinction of being the youngest cowboy to win. Then on to his days as a Cavalry Officer in World War I when he won a riding trophy at an officers’ meet for all Allied Officers in Tulles, France. Hollywood was the next career where Carroll was a stunt rider for the famous cowboys of the early movies. The film presentation concluded with his 40 years of being a veterinarian and covering hundreds of miles weekly to attend to his large animal practice. A highlight of the event was the unveiling of a magnificent bronze of President Ronald Reagan sculpted by Glenna Goodacre and acknowledged at the ceremony by Reagan’s daughter, Maureen Reagan. Attending the event were Carroll’s daughter, Colleen Schoeder with her two sons, Scott and Steve of Las Vegas. Also Colleen’s three sisters, Isabel and husband Chris Christofferson of Chicago, Colonel (Retired) Bruce and Mary Palmer of Washington, DC; Colonel (Retired) Tom and Beverly Ball of El Paso, Texas; and Carroll’s son, Thomas J. and Vanda Carroll of Cheyenne, Wyoming. He died January 15, 1969 (JAVMA 154:864, 1969).
Willie C. Dillard (1916) was in practice in Farmington, Missouri (Norden News 20(5): 13, November-December, 1946).
Marshall Harvey Gandy (1916) According to Hornsby (1993), Marshall Gandy was born on December 6, 1886, in Sabine Parish, Louisiana. He grew up on a farm in north Louisiana and liked to recall he had traveled out of the state only once before he entered Louisiana State University (LSU). On this occasion, he swam across the Sabine River to Texas. He entered LSU as a sub-freshman (individuals who were admitted to the university without the qualification of a high school background) in 1906 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1911. When he entered LSU, someone suggested he go out for football. When he asked “What is football?” they showed him a football and told him to tackle the man with the ball, i.e., to ground him. So he threw the man like he had learned to throw cattle. The surprised player that was tackled became very angry and Gandy, who became concerned about the response to his football activity, began packing up to leave school when someone intervened. He played football for LSU and captained the famed 1908 team that was undefeated. As a result of his football fame, he became known to many people as “Cap” Gandy and this name stuck for the rest of his life. Dr. Gandy was employed by the Louisiana Hog Cholera Serum Plant from 1916 to 1926, with military leave from the plant to serve as a lieutenant in the United States Army Cavalry from 1917 to 1918. In 1926, Dr. Gandy established a general practice of veterinary medicine in Baton Rouge and continued to practice until 1956 when illness forced his retirement. Dr. Charles M. Heflin (KCVC 1917) joined him in practice and together they formed the corporation known as the Louisiana Laboratory and Supply of Baton Rouge. This company was the first to offer pet and livestock veterinary supplies to veterinarians practicing in a wide area surrounding Baton Rouge.
Harold J. Rollins (1916), Rockingham, North Carolina, newly appointed State Veterinarian of North Carolina, will have supervision over enforcement of state laws regarding the control and eradication of livestock and poultry diseases. He was formerly in practice in Rockingham and served in the army during World War I (Jen-Sal Journal, Page 28, October, 1949)
Ward R. Lee (1916) was granted Arizona License # 55 in 1939. He was a Federal Veterinarian and Inspector-in-Charge for Arizona for a time around 1948 (Gillespie and Ellsworth 2007).
Edward P. Anderson (1917) was born in 1890 in a sod house near Akron, Colorado. His parents emigrated from Sweden and his father was recruited from Sweden to work for the Great Northern Railroad. He was later employed by the Burlington Railroad and located near Akron, Colorado. The father became a track maintenance foreman for the railroad and the family was moved to Nebraska. During his younger years, Edward Anderson lived in Lincoln and Kearney and eventually moved with his parents to Mason City, Nebraska. When he was a young man, he purchased, owned, and operated a meat market. He was encouraged to become a veterinarian and was tutored until he qualified for admission to the KCVC. Following graduation in 1917, he was admitted to practice veterinary medicine in Nebraska and returned to Mason City. In September 1917, he was commissioned a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps; he was responsible for the purchase of horses and mules for the Army. After WWI ended, he returned to Mason City to practice veterinary medicine; he later moved to Ansley and then to Loup City. In 1933, while living in Loup City, he became a Federal Veterinarian and was responsible for testing cattle for tuberculosis and brucellosis. In 1939, Anderson moved to North Dakota and continued his work of disease eradication in livestock. During WWII, he returned to Lincoln, Nebraska, and became a member of the staff of the Nebraska State Veterinarian. After WWII, Governor Val Peterson appointed Anderson State Veterinarian. He received certificates of commendation for his work from Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson. He died November 28, 1973 (Lemonds 1982).
Fred Barta (1917) was born in Czechoslovakia to Joseph and Louise Barta on September 15, 1893, the first of four boys (Lemonds 1982). The family immigrated to the United States when Fred was a young boy. They settled in a Czech neighborhood in Omaha, a factor which reinforced his strong ethnic character. Barta was an active gymnast and a regular patron of polka dances at the Sokal Hall. He graduated from Central High School in Omaha and subsequently the KCVC in 1917. He worked his way through college, but also found time to play on the KCVC football team. During his senior year in college, he met and later married Miss Frances Shestak, a nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Omaha. After graduation from the KCVC, the Bartas moved to Wilber, Nebraska; however, he was soon called into military service and served in the U.S. Army Cavalry in San Antonio, Texas. Following honorable discharge from the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, he returned to Wilber where he opened a pharmacy. After about five years, he moved to Denison, Iowa, where he practiced veterinary medicine for about three years. They moved back to Omaha where Dr. Barta was a federal meat inspector at the Swift Packing House. Four years later, the Bartas moved to DeWitt, Nebraska, where Dr. Barta practiced veterinary medicine for many years. The Bartas retired to California; however, Mrs. Barta was not happy, so they moved back to Wilber, the Czech capital of the USA. Dr. Barta worked for the state of Nebraska in the Division of Animal Disease Control; he helped establish a state-wide program to eradicate brucellosis in cattle. Dr. Barta died at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Omaha in August of 1973 (Lemonds 1982).
Claude Dudley Crawford (1917) was born in Ashland, Benton County, Mississippi, on April 20, 1892. His great-grandfather, Evan Crawford, was a raftsman on the Mississippi River in pioneer times and two of his brothers died with David Crockett in the Alamo. Dr. Crawford attended the public schools in Benton County and continued his education in Mississippi State College. Following graduation from the KCVC in 1917, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps in August 1917. Following the War, he was discharged at Camp Lee, Virginia (Lindley 1973).
Charles Marshall Heflin (1917) According to Hornsby (1993), Charles Heflin was born in Yellow Pine, Louisiana, on August 6, 1895, but grew up in Winnfield where his father, W.T. Heflin, was sheriff for 16 years. Dr. Heflin graduated from Winnfield High School in 1914 and three years later graduated with the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the KCVC. After establishing his practice, World War I began and Dr. Heflin served as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Veterinary Corps and was stationed at Greenleaf, Georgia. Shortly after his discharge, he was appointed as assistant to Dr. E.P. Flower, State Veterinarian, moving to Baton Rouge. After almost a decade of state service, Dr. Heflin became associated with Dr. M.H. Gandy (KCVC 1916). They formed a partnership and established the Louisiana Laboratory and Supply Company in Baton Rouge. He served as president of the Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine, as secretary-treasurer of the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association for 13 years, and as its president from 1950 to 1951. In 1967, the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association named Dr. Heflin as the “Louisiana Veterinarian of the Year.”
Rosser Lane (1917) was born in North Carolina in 1892 to Benjamin Franklin Lane and Clara Faircloth. Rosser married Martha Aveline Poindexter and had a child. He passed away in 1961 in Wilson, North Carolina.
Dr. James Kellogg Northway (1917) was born in San Antonio, Texas, on April 3, 1894. His family lived in Texas since before the Battle of San Jacinto where his grandfather fought with General Sam Houston in 1836. Northway worked for a short time on the King Ranch in Texas before attending the KCVC. After graduation from the KCVC in 1917, he returned to the King Ranch, but was called to active duty in 1918 and served as an officer in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps in France during World War I. Dr. Northway returned to the King Ranch in January 1919 and focused much of his time on the breeding programs to improve the quality of cattle and horses. He is credited with the success of the Santa Gertrudis breed of cattle and the King Ranch Quarter Horse. Dr. Northway was an active supporter of local livestock shows, 4-H, and the agriculture program at Texas A&M University – Kingsville. He served as president of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Board of Examiners. He received many accolades during his career, including nomination for the Hoblitzelle award for his contribution to agriculture and rural living in South Texas in 1953. The Exposition Center at Dick Kleberg Park, Kingsville, Texas, was named in his honor in 1971. Dr. Northway died on April 20, 1973, at the age of 79.
Walter G. Port (1917), formerly Assistant State Veterinarian of Iowa, became Veterinary Inspector with the Department of Agriculture, Olympia, Washington (Norden News 20(5):13, November-December, 1946).
Heber Holbrook Carter, Sr. (1918) was born in Cherry Creek, Mississippi, September 22, 1893, the son of Professor and Mrs. John Thomas Carter. He earned a B.S. degree from Mississippi State Agricultural and Mechanical College in 1915 and a D.V.M. degree from the KCVC in 1918. He served as city veterinarian for Memphis in 1918, a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps during World War I and was associated with the Dixie Stockyards and South Memphis Stockyards. He was in general practice in Memphis and Chairman of the Board of Burnette-Carter Commission Company, South Memphis Stockyards. In 1938, Dr. Carter bought the Fullilove Place, a worn out cotton farm that consisted of 1800 acres. It was completely redone and became a show place for soil conservation practices and proper animal management. He was also director of the National Livestock Exchange and a director of the Memphis Union Mission. In 1958, Dr. Carter was honored by Mississippi State University “as an outstanding graduate of Mississippi State University because of his contribution to agriculture.” His picture hangs in the Husbandry Service Building at the University (Kirkeminde 1976).
James E. Coberly (1918) was granted Arizona License # 5. He died in 1957 in Mesa, Arizona (Gillespie and Ellsworth 2007).
Benjamin Glenn Darling (1918) was born May 14, 1889, at Bradshaw, Nebraska, a community in southeastern Nebraska of some 330 people today. He enrolled in the KCVC in 1915 and graduated in 1918. His entire class joined the new U.S. Army Veterinary Corps to serve in the U.S. Cavalry. After he was called to active duty, he was trained at Camp Greenleaf, Oglethorpe, Georgia; however, the war was over before he was sent overseas. Prior to service in WWI, Darling had worked for Dr. Peter Simonson, Hooper, Nebraska, in his serum plant and in private practice. After WWI, Darling returned to Hooper to work in the serum plant and to practice veterinary medicine until 1948. While in Hooper, Darling was very active in the community Commercial Club and he served as Mayor. He was also active in the American Legion Club Post #18, the Lions Club, and served on the Hooper School Board. In 1948, he became employed by the federal government as a meat inspector in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Darling was married to Charlotte Monnich on June 30, 1920. There were four children: Bernard B. of Mill Valley, California; Mary Ann (Watchorn) who married a veterinarian, Dr. Merle Watchorn; Jane who married Dr. M.B. Delk, an oral surgeon; and Dean who followed in his father’s footsteps and became a veterinarian, graduating from Kansas State College in 1954. Dr. Darling died unexpectedly at his home in Huntington Park, California, on February 9, 1950. His burial was at the Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood Park, California (From Lemonds and Mary Ann Watchorn).
Dr. Dean Darling, KSC 1954, married Edith Payne, the daughter of Professor Loyal and Mary Payne at K-State; Loyal Payne was a Professor of Poultry Science at K-State. The Paynes lived in the Goodnow House on Claflin Road until 1971. Isaac Goodnow was one of the founders of Bluemont Central College which became Kansas State Agricultural College in 1863. The Goodnows had no children, but they adopted his niece, Hattie Parkerson, when her mother died. Except for six years spent in Neosho Falls, the Goodnows lived in this house until their deaths at the end of the century. Hattie never married. She adopted one of her sister Etta's sons, Louis. When Hattie died in 1940, the house passed to Mary Payne, a friend of Hattie's, who later donated it and many of the Goodnows’ belongings to the Kansas Historical Society. The house was approved for listing in the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 and today operates as Goodnow House Historic Site.
William Nolan Hall (1918) Dr. Hall graduated from the Kansas City Veterinary College in 1918. He practiced veterinary medicine in the Millington, Tennessee, area for 53 years. Dr. Hall was a native of Shelby County. He retired in 1973 (From History of Veterinary Medicine in Tennessee with picture on page 320).
Forrest L. Hart (1918) Forrest Hart was born in Great Bend, Kansas, and received his degree in Veterinary Medicine from the KCVC in 1918. He served in the Veterinary Corps of the United States Army during World War I, seeing most of his duty at Camp Greenleaf, Georgia, where his primary task was care of the cavalry horses used by the U.S. Army. After the war, Dr. Hart was a community leader in the City of Hiawatha for many years. He maintained an active practice from the early 1920’s until the late 1970’s. Dr. Hart was named Kansas Veterinarian of the Year in 1958. He served as vice president of the AVMA in 1958-59; president of the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association; delegate from the KVMA to the AVMA; and a member of the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association (The Hiawatha Daily 1981).
Donald Munn Walker (1918) was born December 3, 1896, at Dunbar, Nebraska, a small town south of Omaha. According to Lemonds (1982), he grew up on a farm near Dunbar. He quit school year during his junior year because he did not like Latin. His parents were well educated and tried to persuade him to finish high school, but it was to no avail. He was very interested in veterinary medicine so his parents consented to let him go to Kansas City in 1915 to take the entrance exam for admission to the KCVC. He passed the exam with excellent grades and graduated in 1918. After graduation, Walker was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps and assigned to a Cavalry Division at Fort Greenleaf, Georgia. Following his discharge from the Army, he went to work for the Grain Belt Serum and Supply Company in Omaha. He worked for the company for over 45 year until it was sold to Rohm and Haas in 1965. He died June 12, 1974. According to Gentry (2005), Walker inspired Helen S. Richt to study veterinary medicine at Kansas State College. Walker was a good friend of the Richt family and a partner with Helen’s father in a feedlot operation on the Richt farm. Helen Richt Irwin was the first woman to graduate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State in 1932.
Ralph Leland West (1918) was the fourth of 14 children of Willis Mason West, an educator and Head of the Department of History at the University of Minnesota and also a prolific author of history textbooks. His son, Dr. R. Leland West (Iowa State College 1936) was three years old on the day his father graduated from the KCVC. He entered the KCVC with a B.S. degree in Agriculture from the University of Minnesota, so he graduated from the KCVC after two years of study. Following the graduation ceremony at the KCVC, Dr. West and essentially all of his classmates went down town to the recruiting office to volunteer for the newly formed U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. He enlisted on September 21, 1917, and reported for duty on October 27, 1918. Most were assigned to Camp Greenleaf, Georgia, and were trained there until Armistice Day, November 11, 1918. Camp Greenleaf was designated as a training school for veterinary officers and on May 2, 1918, Veterinary Company No. 1 was organized. To this Company were sent those men of the 1918 class who enlisted in the Medical Reserve and other veterinarians that for various and sufficient reasons had not been commissioned officers in the Medical Reserve. Following WWI, Dr. West established a practice in Waseca, Minnesota, and built a hospital in 1923 which consisted of three box stalls and three tie-stalls. His son sold the building in 1951 and built a hospital better suited to his practice. Dr. West was a leader in the American Legion, City Council, and the local school board. He was a noted speaker at veterinary meetings across the country and a member of a team appointed by President Harry Truman to investigate an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Mexico that was very near the U.S. border. Dr. West also developed the Minnesota system to eradicate tuberculosis and brucellosis.