Transcribed from E.F. Hollibaugh's Biographical history of Cloud County, Kansas biographies of representative citizens. Illustrated with portraits of prominent people, cuts of homes, stock, etc. [n.p., 1903] 919p. illus., ports. 28 cm. Scanned from a copy held by the State Library of Kansas.
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The firm of Raines & Nelson is composed of Dr. T.E. Raines and Dr. George E. Nelson, of the homeopathic school of medicine. Dr. Raines, the senior member of the combination, began his professional work in Concordia in the early 'eighties. His practice has steadily increased since that time until his services are constantly in demand. Dr. Raines is a skilled physician and surgeon and when his attention is not engaged in attending his patients he is delving deeper into the researches of science, thus keeping abreast of the times. Raines & Nelson constitute the health officials of Cloud county. The Raines residence is one of the most comfortable homes in the city; while modest without it is elegant in its interior appointments. He and his family are accorded a conspicuous place in the social ranks of Concordia's citizens.

Dr. George E. Nelson is a native of Republic county, Kansas. He is a son of James Nelson, a prominent farmer and stockman well known through his specialty as a breeder of pure Poland China hogs, having made one of the best records in this line as far west as Republic county. He is a grandson of the late Reverend Nels Nelson, Sr., of whom an extended account is given in the data of the Jamestown vicinity. James Nelson settled in Grant township, Cloud county, in 1869, but a year or more later traded his homestead for a team and pre-empted eighty acres of land in Republic county, two miles north of the Cloud county line. Dr. Nelson's mother was Mary Hansen before her marriage, and is a sister to John O. Hansen, the popular Jamestown postmaster. Dr. Nelson is the second of four children: Minnie is the widow of C.M. Houghton, who died 1902, leaving his wife, two sons and two daughters. Charles R., the third child, is a student of the Kansas City Homeopathic Medical College, where Dr. Nelson matriculated, and will complete his course in 1903. Dr. Nelson has been given superior educational advantages. After leaving the common school he entered the Manhattan Agricultural College, where he pursued a scientific course during the sessions of 1894-5, 1895-6 and 1896-7. To further his knowledge of Latin he entered the Emporia State Normal School. Medicine was Dr. Nelson's chosen profession; from boyhood he had dreamed of becoming a physician. In 1898 he entered the Kansas City Homeopathic Medical College and graduated from that institution in March, 1901; came to Concordia directly afterward and became associated with Dr. Raines, with whom he had practiced the year prior, on a student's license. Thus it will be seen Dr. Nelson has not had the obstacles to contend with that confront many young men. He seems to be one of fortune's favored ones, reaping the harvest sown by his prosperous father and distinguished grandfather. To many self-made young men his life would seem "a happy song."

Drs. Raines & Nelson have handsome office quarters on the second floor of the Caldwell Bank building.