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Atchison County Kansas Bio Sketches 


Davis W. Collins, M.D., a prominent physician of Arrington, Atchison County, Kansas is one of the leading professional men of his town. He is a Pennsylvanian, having been born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, March 9, 1875. His parents, James C. and Phoebe (WOODWARD) Collins, were the parents of four children as follows: Elizabeth ROWLAND, Lane, Kan.; Effie MOCHERMAN, Wellsville, Kan.; Davis, the subject of this sketch; Roy, operator Yale Okla. The father was born in Ohio and spent his early years on the farm. In 1878 he came to Kansas and settled in Franklin County, where he is now engaged in farming at the advanced age of seventy, an example of good health through right living. The mother was born in Pennsylvania and lives with her husband on the farm.

Dr. Collins grew up on his father's farm in Kansas and attended the district school near the home place. Later he attended the high school at Wellsville, Kan. and then took a business course at Dixon, Ill. In 1894 he entered the Kansas City Medical College and was graduated from that institution with the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1898. He was at Baldwin, Kan., a short time and then came to Arrington where he has built up a large practice by his excellent skill and high ethical standards. He owns stock in the Arrington bank and holds considerable property in the vicinity of Arrington.

In 1900 he was united in marriage with Minnie CASE, who was born November 20, 1880 in Atchison County, Kansas. She is the daughter of Frank and Anna (HIGH) Case, early settlers of Kansas. The father was a merchant in Arrington. Both parents are now dead. Mr. and Mrs Collins have two children: Claire and Carmen, both living at home. Mr. Collins is a Republican and belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Modern Woodmen of America. Although he is not a church member, he is a regular attendant at church and contributes liberally to the support of religious activities.

Taken from:

History of Atchison County, Kansas

by Sheffield Ingalls - 1916

Submitted by:

Clemi Higley Blackburn, April 2002

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