Pages 215-216, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




DOCTOR JAMES E. JEWELL, of Moran, a member of the Board of Pension Examiners for Allen County and for two terms Health Officer of the county, is a gentleman most honorable, and highly esteemed. His attitude and bearing are in themselves a moral lesson and his professional integrity and professional competency are matters of general recognition.

Dr. Jewell came into Allen County permanently Oct. 9, 1892, and located in the new village of Moran. He came from McMinn County, Tennessee, where he had located in 1871. In 1868 he went into the South with his father-in-law and engaged in the saw-mill and lumber business in Talledego, County, Alabama. After he had remained there three years he went into East Tennessee and was located near Athens eleven years.

Dr. Jewell was born in Chenango, County, New York, not far from Norwich, December 26, 1846. His father, Dr. James Jewell, was born at Durham, Green County, New York, December 6, 1818, and died in Catskill, N. J., May 15, 1884. The latter was schooled and trained for an educator and graduated in the Vermont Medical College. He was engaged in regular practice, in New York, from graduation to his death. He possesed a fine intellect and an inordinate love for his profession and his entire makeup rendered him one of the marked men of his county. He was descended from Massachusetts stock and from Revolutionary ancestors. His father was a Congregational minister.

Among the Revolutionary patriots who aided in the capture of the first British soldiers who ever surrendered to Americans was Seth Clark, our subject's great-grandfather. He was one of General Warren's men at Boston and, while awaiting the turn in events which forced the English to hand the city over to the Americans, he made, and decorated with Boston scenes, a powderhorn which our subject possesses and which is to descend to successive generations of the family.

Dr. James Jewell married Almyra Day, a lady of New England stock, but born in Schoharrie County, New York. Her birth occurred in 1818 and her death the year of her husband's. Both lie in Moran cemetery. Their children are: Dr. J. E. Jewell; Mary A., wife of Henry L. Bassett, of Moran; Rev. Stanley D. Jewell, of Butler, Missouri, and the late Anson Jewell.

Dr. Jewell's youth was passed chiefly in school. From fifteen to twenty years of age he was a photographer in Catskill and Prattsville, New York. February 11, 1868, he married May R. Coe, whose father, Daniel Coe, founded and endowed Coe College at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was a successful farmer in the Catskills of New York and died in Talledego, County, Alabama. He was twice married, his second wife being Mrs. Mercy (Wattles) Cowles, the mother of Mrs. Jewell.

It seems but natural that our subject should become a physician. His father's prominence and success in the craft and his own associations with the latter during his bringing up led him to a determination to prepare for a life of medicine. It was rather late in life that he began the


actual work of preparation but it was better, thus, on the whole, for his faculties were then fully developed and matured. He entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Baltimore, Maryland, and took the highest honors in a class of one hundred and forty-three at graduation. In appreciation of this mark of excellence the faculty presented him with a gold medal, properly inscribed, which is his constant companion, as it were. The Doctor completed his course in 1881 and opened an office first at Athens, Tennessee, where he remained until his location in Moran.

Dr. Jewell's only surviving child is a son, James Ralph Jewell, a student in Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A son, Walter Jewell, died in Moran in 1892 at the age of twenty-two years.

The Presbyterians of Moran have had an active aid in Dr. Jewell. He has been connected with that church officially many years and much of its substantial progress has been due to his efforts. The Republican party of Allen County has felt the beneficent effect of his influence and cooperation and has honored him twice with election to the office of Coroner. His own little city has called him to the Mayoralty and all his official acts have been inspired by a desire to do absolute and accurate justice at all times and to all men.

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