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Biography of Joseph H. McGauhey, M. D.

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Joseph H. McGauhey, M. D.,had been in the general practice of medicine at White Cloud, twenty-eight years, and is also identified with the banking business of his town, and had farming interests in Brown County.

The McGauhey ancestors were Scolch-Irish, and Doctor McGauhey’s great-grandfather was the immigrant to this country. His grandfather was Archibald McGauhey, who spent most of his life as a farmer in Indiana, where he died.

John McGauhey, father of Doctor McGauhey, was born in Pennsylvania in 1809. For a time during his childhood his parents lived in North Carolina and afterward moved to Indiana, where he grew to manhood and where he married. For several years he lived on a farm near Paoli, Indiana. About the time the Platte purchase in Northwest Missouri was opened to settlement he removed to that frontier region in 1837 and established a home in what is now Buchanan County. There he homesteaded 160 acres, developed it as a farm, and it was still his property when he died at Agency, Missouri, in February, 1888. He was a democratic voter, an elder and active supporter of the Christian Church, and during the war with Mexico he served the government in the freighting service. During the Civil war he was a staunch supporter of the Union. His first wife was Miss Fulton, whom he married in Indiana. She died in Buchanan County, Missouri, and her children, all deceased, were named William, Thomas, David, James, Benjamin, John, Elizabeth and Mary. For his second wife John McGauhey married Elizabeth Williams, who was born in Kentucky in 1830 and died at the home of her son George, near Troy, Kansas, in July, 1912. She was the mother of four children: Dr. Joseph H.; George W., who was a farmer near Troy, Kansas, until 1914, when he removed to Nettleton, Missouri; Arch, a physician and surgeon at Robinson, Kansas; and Sarah Elizabeth, who died in young girlhood in 1884.

Doctor McGauhey grew up on the old farm in Buchanan County, Missouri, attended the rural schools, and subsequently entered the Missouri Medical College of St. Louis, where he was gradnated M. D. in 1888. For a brief few months he practiced in Mound City, Missouri, but in September, 1888 located at White Cloud, Kansas, where he had continued to serve the public as a general practitioner and surgeon.

He is now serving his fourth consecutive term as mayor of the City of White Cloud. He also belongs to the school board. He is a member of the Doniphan County and the State Medical societies, of the American Medical Association, is independent in politics, and fraternally is affiliated with White Cloud Lodge No. 78, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, which he served several terms as master, and is a thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason, with membership in Caswell Consistory No. 5 at Kansas City, Kansas. Doctor McGauhey is unmarried.


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