Pages 288-289, 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.




DR. SAMUEL H. KELLAM, who located in LaHarpe about three years ago and who already enjoys a large and lucrative patronage in the line of his profession, was born in Shelby county, Illinois, May 6, 1865. His father, Nathan Kellam, was a farmer and stock raiser of Elk county, Kansas. He, too, is a native of Shelby county, Illinois, his birth having occurred there in 1827. In the place of his nativity he continued to reside until 1880, when he took up his abode in Kansas and has since become a prominent stock raiser and shipper of Elk county. Having acquired a comfortable competence he is now retired. He is a leading representative of the Democracy in that locality and is respected by all who know him. He married Ellen Yantis, a daughter of Isaac Yantis, a farmer of Marion county, Ohio, who at an early day removed to Illinois, carrying all his personal effects in a red handkerchief. In the Prairie state the latter prospered, becoming well-to-do. The paternal grandfather of our subject was born in Kentucky in 1790, and he also became a pioneer of Illinois, making the journey to Shelby county in a two wheeled cart. There he began the arduous task of transforming the wild land into a good farm. He married Nancy Smith and they became the parents of five sons and two daughters, namely: Samuel, William, Nathan, Logan, John, Mrs. Leran, James and Mrs. Matilda Handerly, the last named being still a resident of Shelby county. The Kellam and Yantis families were united through the marriage of Nathan Kellam and Ellen Yantis. Their union was blessed with six children who are still living: Flora, wife of W. T. Calon, of Elk county, Kansas: Sarah, wife of J. W. Donnell; William J., who died in 1892; Nora Belle, wife of J. G. Yantis, of Elk county; Metta Blanche and Aullendore, who are also residents of Elk county.

Into the mind of Dr. Kellam of this review were early instilled lessons of industry. When quite young he began work on his father's farm, remaining there until he was twenty-one years of age. His father retired and for four years he managed the ranch. In the meantime he secured a good foundation for his professional knowledge by a thorough English course, supplementing his preliminary studies by a course in the Howard high school, of which he is a graduate. For some time he occupied the position of department foreman of the Armour Packing Company, of Kansas City, but wishing to make the practice of medicine his life work he began reading in the office and under the direction of Dr. Strunen, with whom he remained for two years. Later he was graduated in the Kansas City College of Physicians and Surgeons and received practical training while acting as assistant in the free dispensary hospital at Bethany. Prior to coming to LaHarpe he practiced medicine in Kansas City for three


years, but since 1897 has been a valued member of the medical fraternity of Allen county.

Doctor Kellam married Miss Hattie Graham, who was born in Ohio in 1867, a daughter of James Graham, now a farmer of Elk county, Kansas. Two children grace their union: Marvelle and Lillian. The Doctor and his wife have many friends in Allen county where he is enjoying an excellent practice, having a patronage that many an older representative of the medical fraternity might well envy. As a citizen he is public spirited and progressive, and is therefore a welcome addition to LaHarpe.

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