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Title: Alvin R. McCollough, M. D.
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Among the leading physicians of Warren county, Indiana, was the late Dr. Alvin R. McCollough, of Williamsport, who achieved marked prestige in his profession besides becoming widely and favorably known for his success in other lines of activity. Belonging to a generation of medical men distinguished for profound thought and investigation, he won the confidence of all who took advantage of his professional services and by his candid mien, generous heart and freedom from duplicity and deceit gained a place in the confidence of the public such as few men attain. Paternally, Dr. McCollough was of Scotch descent and combined in his persnality many of the sterling characteristics for which that sturdy nationality has ever been noted. His father, Maxwell McCollough, a native of Scotland, came to American many years ago and settled in Montgomery county, Indiana, where, in due time, he became a successful farmer, having purchased large bodies of land in that county and the county of Benton, nearly all of which he reduced to cultivation and otherwise improved. He died at his home near Crawfordsville a number of years ago and is remembered in that locality as a man of industrious habits and sterling worth whose reputation was ever above reproach. The wife of Maxwell McCollough and mother of the Doctor was Jennette Sidner, a lady of excellent character, who nobly co-operated with her husband in all of his undertakings and contributed not a little to his financial success.

Dr. McCollough and mother of the Doctor was Jennette Sidner, a lady of excellent character, who nobly co-operated with her husband in all of his undertakings and contributed not a little to his financial success.

Dr. McCollough was born in Montgomery county, Indiana, November 1, 1853, and spent his early life on the family homestead. After obtaining a liberal education, he turned his attention to teaching and was thus engaged for several years in the public schools of Benton county, subsequently discontinuing this line of work for the gospel ministry, which he entered in young manhood and followed with marked success for about fifteen years. He united with the Church of Christ at Remington, Indiana, in January, 1871, and not long thereafter began preaching and during the period above indicated he held pastorates at West Lebanon, Williamsport and Marion, Indiana, and at various points in California, to which state he moved in the year 1880. When he first engaged in the duties of the ministry, he was actuated by a strong desire to enter the medical profession and in due time he began his preliminary study of the same in the office of Dr. Maxwell, of Remington. Later, in 1894, while a resident of California, he entered the Hahnemann College of Physicians and Surgeons in san Francisco, where he took the full course, graduating three years later with highest honors of his class and making a record seldom equaled by any student of that institution.

After practicing about two years in California, Dr. McCollough returned to Indiana and located at Flora, where he remained for a short time, removing then in 1901 to a more favorable field for the exercise of his talents in the city of Williamsport. His reputation as a successful physician and skillful surgeon preceding him to the latter place, he soon built up a lucrative practice and in due time gained distinctive prestige among the leading medical men of the city and county. He identified himself with the leading medical societies of Indiana, also the society of Warren coutny, and availed himself of every opportunity to extend his professional knowledge and became a true healer of suffering humanity. While attending to his large and growing practice, he did not neglect the claims of religion, which was always as a light to his feet and a guide to his pathway. He continued to preach from time to time as opportunities afforded, usually as a supply, and contributed his services freely to such churches as were without pastors and not in financial condition to provide for regular services. He measured up to a high standard of manhood, having ever been honorable in his profession, courteous and kind in his relations with the public, and wherever known "he stood four square to every wind that blew," a model Christian gentleman and a credit to the city and county that claim his citizenship. A Mason of high degree, he manifested an abiding interest in the affairs of the order and he was also public spirited in matters relating to the material growth and prosperity of Williamsport, having been identified with all enterprises with this object in view and a leader in movements for the intellectual, moral and religious advancement of the community.

On July 1, 1889, Dr. McCollough was united in marriage with Catherine Schlosser, daughter of John H. and Minerva (Woodward) Schlosser, the union resulting in the birth of two children, John Naxwell, who was born in Watsonville, California, and Mae Ruth, whose birth occured after the family returned to Indiana. After a very active and useful life of fifty-five years, seven months and five days, filled with good to his fellow man, Dr. McCollough was called to his final rest, dying on the 2d day of June, 1909, and being followed to the grave by a large concourse of sympathizing friends and neighbors, all of whom felt his death as a personal loss.

John Maxwell McCollough, the older of Dr. McCollough's two children, was reared in Williamsport and at a comparatively early age was graduated with an honorable record from the city high school. While still young he engaged with the Carmichael Construction Company, one of the largest concerns of the kind in the state, and the confidence reposed in his ability is indicated by the fact of his having been advanced to the position of foreman, being the youngest man to hold a place of so much responsibility and trust in the line of work such as the company performs. He is also the youngest member of the Elks lodge in Lafayette and an influential worker in the order, and he occupies a prominent place among the popular young men of Williamsport, where he sill lives with his mother.

Mae Ruth, the daughter, who is likewise a member of the home circle, was graduated from the Williamsport high school at the head of her class, following which she pursued her studies two summers in the normal school at Marion, where she fitted herself for teaching. She had already taught two terms in the public school and will soon enter Indiana State University, where she will take the full course, to be followed later by a finishing course at Leland Stanford University, California. Miss McCollough is a remarkably intelligent young lady of varied culture, highly accomplished, and has before her a bright and promising future.


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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00000973
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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