Pages 364-365, 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. WILLIAM LITTLEJOHN, whose prestige as a medical practitioner is an unmistakable evidence of his ability, was born in Scotland, on the 20th of August, 1864, His father, James Littlejohn, was also a native of the land of hills and heather, as was his wife, who bore the


maiden name of Elizabeth Walker Scott. The father was a minister of the old-school Presbyterian church, and devoted his entire life to that holy calling. In 1896 he came to America to visit his children who had preceded him to the new world, and died in Missouri in the winter of 1899, at the age of sixty-nine years. His widow still survives him, and now resides in Chicago with her sons. They had eight children, of whom five are now living, namely: William, of this review; John Martin, a prominent medical practitioner of Chicago; James B., who held the position of surgeon under the British government five years; and David, who is also a member of the medical fraternity; and Elizabeth M., wife of Thomas Anthony, a resident of England.

Dr. Littlejohn, whose name introduces this record, was reared and educated in Scotland, and was afforded excellent educational privileges, studying both theology and medicine in the Glasgow University. He was ordained to preach the gospel in 1886, and in 1888 came to America, settling in Iowa, where he was engaged to fill the pulpit of some of the best churches in that state. In 1895 he came to Kansas to accept the pastorate of the church in Denison, Jackson county, where he remained for four years, on the expiration of which period he removed to Topeka. Having his degree of M. D. and his diploma from the Glasgow University, he then gave up the ministry and after taking a post-graduate course of study entered upon the practice of medicine in Topeka, where he remained three years. Since that time he has resided in Savonburg, and his patronage is all that he can conveniently attend to. His ability, both natural and acquired, well fits him for the responsible duties of one who devotes his life to the restoration of health and to the alleviation of human sufferings.

Dr. Littlejohn was married in Iowa to Miss Maggie A. Orr, of Mediapolis, a daughter of William M. and Catherine Orr. The Doctor and his wife now have two children: Catherine Elizabeth and James Martin. They are members of the United Presbyterian church, and the Doctor belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America and the Royal Neighbors, at Savonburg. He is a man of scholarly attainments, of broad culture and of strong mentality, and his thorough preparation for his chosen calling well qualifies him for the successful practice of medicine.

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