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Biography of William Emmett Ham, M. D.

William Emmett Ham, M. D. The thirty-five years since he received his medical degree from Rush, Medical College of Chicago Doctor Ham had spent almost entirely in practice at Beattie, Kansas. He was the pioneer physician there, though the village had been established in 1870. He had remained throughout the years the leading general practitioner. of the town and a large surrounding country community, and he is the present president of the Marshall County Medical Society. Doctor Ham is of oldĀ AmericanĀ stock. His paternal ancestors came out of England and settled in New Hampshire in Colonial times, and some of the family fought in the Revolutionary war. His grandfather, John Ham, was born at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in 1808. He grew up and married there, and became a broker in grain, pork and other commodities. As a result of the severe panic in 1837 he suffered financial lossee, and seeking an opportunity to begin over again he went to what was then the far West, Northern Indiana, in the vicinity of the present great industrial city of South Bend. He established a home on a farm near Mishawaka and was quietly engaged in agriculture the rest of his active career. He died at Mishawaka in 1876. John Ham married Selina Clark, also a native of New Hampshire, who died at Mishawaka. Of their children the oldest was John Ham, the father of Doctor Ham. Joseph, the second in age, went out to California in 1849, became a gold miner, afterward fought in the Civil war as a Union soldier, and is still living in California, retired. Henry, the third son,...

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