Page 437-438, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


Anna A. Perkins, M. D., El Dorado, Kans., is a prominent member of the medical profession of Butler county. Dr. Perkins was born near Amboy, Ill., in 1871, and when six years of age came to Kansas with her parents, Ansel A. and Orilla (Van Hausen) Perkins. The father was a native of Connecticut, and the mother was born near Montrose, Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania. After their marriage they removed to Illinois in the sixties, where they remained until 1877, when they


came to Harvey county, Kansas, and located on a farm about nine miles northwest of Halstead. In 1881 they removed to Halstead and a short time afterwards to Newton, where the mother died in 1887. Some years later the father removed to North Dakota, but returned to Illinois, where he died in 1910. They were the parents of the following children: Floyd, Coldwater, Kans.; Ford L., Newton, Kans.; Hattie married L. C. Helbie, Coldwater, Kans.; Lida married B. P. Philip, and Anna A., the subject of this sketch.

Dr. Perkins received a good common school education in the public schools of Harvey county, and began teaching when she was sixteen years of age, and after teaching five terms took a course in nursing in Axtell Hospital, Newton. She then entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Kansas City, Kans., where she was graduated with a degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1897, and immediately opened an office in El Dorado and began the practice of her profession. She has been uniformly successful in her professional work from the start, and for a number of years has ranked as one of the leading physicians of Butler county. Her practice is of a general nature and extends over a large area surrounding El Dorado as well as in the city of El Dorado. She is a close student of the science of her profession and aims to keep posted in the rapid strides that are constantly being made in that most important of all professions.

Since she began the practice, Dr. Perkins has taken post-graduate work in the Post-Graduate Medical College of Chicago, and in 1914 she was a member of a party of American physicians who made a clinical tour of Europe, visiting the leading hospitals of the principal cities of the Old World. Before embarking on their trip for Europe they visited the principal hospitals of Philadelphia and New York. While in Europe they visited Paris, Berne, Zurich, Munich, Vienna, Dresden, Leipsic, Berlin, Jena, Heidelberg, Frankfort on the Maine, Cologne, Brussels, Amsterdam, London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Liverpool, and from there sailed for New York. While on this tour they saw some of the most eminent surgeons of the world operate. Notable among whom was the man who is now chief surgeon of the German army, and another is now chief surgeon of the Austrian army. This was an interesting and instructive trip and of inestimable value to those who were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to take it.

Dr. Perkins is a member of the County, State and American Medical Association and at various times has held all the different offices of the county association. She is a member of the El Dorado school board.

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