Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901

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Charles Rockhold

DR. CHARLES ROCKHOLD has been prominently identified with the affairs of Parsons, Kansas, where he located in 1872. He has been most successful in the practice of the medical profession, and enjoys a lucrative practice in Parsons and vicinity.

Dr. Rockhold was horn in Wayne county, Iowa, and at the age of nine years moved with his parents to Mercer county, Missouri. He attended a district school in Wayne county, Iowa, and received his tuition in the higher branches at Grand River College, in Grundy county, Missouri, having taught school for one year previous to entering that institution. In 1862, he enlisted in Company B, of what was called the Revanna Battalion, and served for a period of six months. He studied medicine at the Keokuk Medical College in Iowa, and was graduated in 1864. His first practice was in Wayne county, Iowa, where the remained but a short time, and afterward in Saline county, Missouri, where he successfully practiced for seven years. In September, 1872, he located at Parsons, Kansas, and engaged in the practice of medicine, and has thus continued with good success. He is careful in diagnosing cases and skillful in treating them, and enjoys the confidence of his patients to a remarkable degree. Personally, he is a man of pleasing characteristics, and is well liked by all with whom he comes in contact. He is a member of the Southeast Kansas Medical Society, of which he was formerly president, and also belongs to the Labette County Medical Society. Fraternally, he is a member of the Masonic order.

Dr. Rockhold was joined in marriage, in 1865, with Miss L. E. Nordyke, by whom he has two sons, Henry C., and John R. In politics, he is a strong Republican. He has served on the board of pension examiners for twelve years, and is also county health officer. He served in the city council for eight years, and was elected mayor in the spring of 1899, in which office he displayed much executive ability. His term expired in the spring of 1901.