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FRANK D. JOHNSON, M.D., is one of the latest comers of his professional brethren to Hale, Carroll County, but has already made many friends and is developing a fine practice. His father, William Johnson, was also a doctor and surgeon and was born in Baltimore, Md. In that city he married the lady who afterward became the mother of our subject, who before her marriage was known as Susan Evans, daughter of Job Evans, one of the respected residents of Baltimore. After their marriage the Doctor and his wife removed to Dubuque, Iowa, in which city our subject was born August 13, 1846. He was one of six children, who received their education in the Dubuque common and High Schools. When fifteen years of age our subject entered the Upper Iowa University, located at Fayette, where he continued his studies for two years, after which he took one year’s course in Cornell College, at Mt. Vernon, Iowa.
Upon the completion of his collegiate course Dr. Johnson concluded to adopt the profession to which his father had devoted his best years, and in pursuance of that decision commenced studying under Dr. Maxwell, a prominent physician of Davenport, Iowa. He then became a student at Rush Medical College of Chicago, which he attended for two years. He completed the required years of study in the Ainsworth Medical College in St. Joseph, Mo., graduating there from in 1878. Desiring practical experience, the Doctor for two years was City Physician in the Atchison (Kan.) City Hospital. In the spring of 1881, going to Cunningham, Chariton County, in this State, he conducted a general practice in that vicinity for the succeeding eight years. In 1890 he finally located in Hale, where he is doing very well and is rapidly enlarging his practice.
In the year 1867, the marriage ceremony of Dr. Johnson and Miss Kate E. Sawyer was solemnized. Mrs. Johnson is a daughter of Calvin Sawyer, of Mt. Vernon, Iowa, and by her marriage has become the mother of one daughter, Bertha E., a young lady of good education and social attributes.
The Doctor and his wife are devoted members of the Methodist Episcopal Church North, in which they are active workers. Politically, he is an ardent Republican and one who has the welfare of his country and fellow-citizens at heart. He is a member of Hale Lodge No. 361, I.O.O.F., and of the Knights of Pythias in Hale.
(Source: Portrait and Biographical Record of Clay, Ray, Carroll, Chariton and Linn Counties, Missouri, Chapman Bros.1893 Pages 121 - 122)


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