Transcribed from History of Wyandotte County Kansas and its people ed. and comp. by Perl W. Morgan. Chicago, The Lewis publishing company, 1911. 2 v. front., illus., plates, ports., fold. map. 28 cm. [Vol. 2 contains biographical data. Paged continuously.] p. 690-691 transcribed by Britney Coleman and Katy Ryman, students from USD 508, Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, on December 1, 2000.

C. B. Stevens

C. B. STEVENS, D. V. S. - The professional career of Dr. Charles B. Stevens, who is a prominent veterinary surgeon at Rosedale, Kansas, excites the admiration and has won the respect of all who know him and in a calling in which one has to gain prestige by merit alone, he has advanced steadily until he is recognized as one of the foremost members of his profession in the entire state of Kansas. He has ever evinced a deep and sincere interest in community affairs and as a citizen his loyalty and public spirit have ever been of the most insistent order. In addition to an extensive practice throughout Wyandotte county Dr. Stevens is well known in Jackson county, where his services have been required on different occasions.

Dr. Charles B. Stevens is a native of the fine old Wolverine state of the Union, his birth having occurred in Clinton county, Michigan, on the 9th of March, 1860. At the age of six years he accompanied his parents on their removal to Fort Scott, Kansas, where the family home was maintained for the ensuing four years. Removal was then made to Lamar, Missouri, and thence to Nevada, Missouri, in 1872. In 1874 the family returned to Michigan, where the father, B. E. Stevens, was engaged in veterinary surgery during the remainder of his life, his demise having occurred in the year 1894, as a result of injuries received in a wreck of the Big Four railroad fifteen miles from St. Johns, Michigan. The mother of the subject of this review was May Britton in her girlhood days and she was summoned to the life eternal in 1886. The father was born in Massachusetts and after being graduated in a veterinary college at Montreal, Canada, he entered upon the practice of his profession. During his residence in Fort Scott he was in the employ of the government and for a time he was associated in a partnership alliance with Dr. Geo W. Diamand in the livery business.

The third in order of birth in a family of nine children, Dr. Charles B. Stevens received his educational training in the different cities in which the family home was maintained during his early youth. In 1876 he left Michigan and returned to Nevada, Missouri, where he had formerly lived, and in that place he remained until he had attained to the age of twenty-six years. He had long, been associated with his father in the latter's work and in that way had acquired a great deal of knowledge in connection with veterinary surgery. In 1902 he took the examination in the veterinary college, at Kansas City and in that institution was graduated with the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Surgery. He had been engaged in the practice of this profession previously to his graduation, however, and has now been identified with this particular line of work for a period of twenty-five years. As a youth he learned the harness maker's trade and he also is a carriage trimmer, along which lines of enterprise he has worked a great deal. In connection with his professional work he carries a line of harness and his place of business is located at 1180, Kansas City avenue, at Rosedale. Dr. Stevens is well known throughout Wyandotte and Jackson counties and he is everywhere accorded the unqualified confidence and esteem of his fellow citizens, who honor him for his sterling integrity and worth.

At Nevada, Missouri, on the 20th of May, 1886, was solemnized the marriage of Dr. Stevens to Miss Catherine Patton, who was born and reared at Goodland, Indiana, and who is a daughter of T. R. Patton. Dr. and Mrs. Stevens have no children. They are consistent members of the Methodist church South, in their religious faith and are popular and prominent factors in connection with the best social activities of Rosedale.

Dr. Stevens is affiliated with Vernon Lodge, No. 194, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and for a time he was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. In politics he is an unswerving advocate of the cause of the Democratic party and while he does not participate actively in public affairs he is ever on the alert and enthusiastically in sympathy with all measures and enterprises advanced for the good of the general welfare. The Doctor is an old time horseman, having been a jockey in his younger days. In this connection he was well known in National horse racing circles and during his early life in the west he was well acquainted with the James boys, the Younger brothers and other notorious characters, hence the more credit to him for having lived an exemplary life and having held aloof from their practices. Dr. Stevens has traveled extensively, is a man of broad and definite information and in the various walks of life has so conducted himself as to win the full confidence and esteem of his fellow men. He is a man of generous impulse and his charity knows only the bounds of his opportunities.

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