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John W. Abner, M.D. although recently locating in Atchison, his skill and ability as a capable and painstaking physician has met with ready recognition and he has a large and growing practice. Dr. Abner is a native of Kentucky. He was born in Clay County in 1867, a son of John and Matilda (ROBINSON) Abner, both natives of Kentucky. Dr. John W. Abner was one of a family of three children whose parents died when they were very young and the children were reared by friends and neighbors.

When Dr. Abner was fifteen years old, he started out to make his own way in life. He was always of a studious turn of mind and by his own efforts obtained a very good education. At an early age he determined to be a physician and bent his every effort in that direction. He learned the carpenter and cabinet maker's trade, and after working at his trade for some time he entered the Eclectic Medical College of Kansas City, where he was graduated in the class of 1912 with the degree of Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy. He engaged in the practice of his profession in Kansas City, MO., where he remained until February 1915, when he located in Atchison, Kan. He has a fine suite of offices at 712 1-2 Commercial Street and is meeting with well-merited success. Doctor Abner was married in 1902 to Ada Pearl WADE of Kansas City, MO, and they have one child, Dorothy, born January 6, 1905. Dr. Abner is a member of the Christian Church and takes an active part in the work of his denomination and has served on the board of trustees. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Woodmen of the World, Dr. Abner is a past noble grand and senior warden of Subordinate Lodge, No. 577, Independent Order of Odd Fellows and past chief patriarch of Encampment, No. 27 of Kansas City, MO and is a member of the Patriarchs Militant, No 14, Kansas City, MO.

Politically he is an independent Republican and takes a keen interest in political as well as current events generally. He is a close student of the science of his profession and aims to keep himself thoroughly posted in the rapid advances that are constantly being made in the world of medicine and surgery.

Taken from:

History of Atchison County, Kansas

by Sheffield Ingalls - 1916

Submitted by:

Clemi Higley Blackburn, August 2001

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