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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John W. Tinder

DR. JOHN W. TINDER, a distinguished member of the medical profession at Parsons, Kansas, was for many years engaged in general practice, but in more recent years has made a specialty of the treatment of diseases of the eye, ear, nose, and throat. He was born at Danville, Hendricks county, Indiana, in 1864, and is a son of William Tinder, and grandson of Joel Tinder.

Joel Tinder was born in Virginia and there married Martha Johnson, a cousin of President Andrew Johnson. They moved to Shelby county, Kentucky, and lived there until 1830, when they moved to Hendricks county, Indiana, where both died.

William Tinder was born June 11, 1821, in Kentucky, and died in Indiana, in March. 1884. He located on a farm in Hendricks county, Indiana, which his father had entered as government land; and there he lived the remainder of his days. He married Catherine Kennedy, a native of Kentucky, and a daughter of Jesse Kennedy, who was a native of England. In politics, he was a Democrat. The mother of Dr. Tinder still resides in Danville, Indiana. They reared a family of 12 children, 11 of whom reached maturity, and 10 of whom are now living.

Dr. John W. Tinder received his mental training in the district schools, and in Danville Normal School. He engaged in teaching for a period of four years, during which time he also pursued the study of medicine. He took a course of lectures at the Indiana Medical College, in Indianapolis, and graduated with the class of 1892. He spent the summer of 1889 and 1890 in Parsons, Kansas, where, after his graduation in 1892, he located permanently. Until 1895 he followed a general practice, and then took a post-graduate course in New York City. Since that time he has been a specialist in diseases of the eye, ear, nose and throat, and has acquired a remunerative practice. In September, 1899, he established the Parsons School of Suggestive Therapeutics. The purpose of this institution is to instruct physicians, dentists, lawyers, clergymen, teachers, trained nurses and other well educated people, in the science and art of suggestive Therapeutics. A complete exposition of psychological medicine is given as expounded by Liebeault, Bernheim, Moll, Hudson, Pitzer, and others. The psychological treatment of diseases and the production of anesthesia for surgical operations through hypnotic influence, are thoroughly elucidated by didactic lectures and practical demonstrations upon subjects before the classes.

Dr. Tinder was united in marriage, December 22, 1897, to Lottie M. Horr, of Parsons, and they have two children: Oneta F. and Jean K. The Doctor has been secretary of the board of health for a period of six years. Fraternally, he is a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen; Modern Woodmen of America; Modern Tontines; Endowment. Rank, K. of P.; and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.