John C. Lardner, M. D., is one of the leading physicians and surgeons of Fort Scott, has been a resident of Kansas since 1879, and represents a prominent family of Bourbon County. His parents were highly respected people and reared a family of educated men. Doctor Lardner’s brother Hubert is a prominent member of the Fort Scott bar and two other brothers have also become well known in Kansas.
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Doctor Lardner was born in Muscatine, Iowa, April 1, 1869, of Irish parents. His parents were John and Mary (Butler) Lardner, both natives of County Galway. They came to Kansas in 1879, settled on a farm in Bourbon County, and the father followed farming until his retirement. He died at Bronson, Kansas, in 1903, at the age of seventy-four. The mother passed away at Manhattan December 24, 1915, at the age of eighty-three.
Doctor Lardner from the age of ten years lived on a Kansas farm, acquired his higher literary training in the Kansas Normal College at Fort Scott, where he was graduated Bachelor of Science in June, 1891. From 1888 to 1899 he followed chiefly the vocation of school teacher, and taught in country, village and city schools. He then entered the Kansas Medical College, from which he received his degree Doctor of Medicine in 1902. Since then he has been in active practice at Fort Scott.
Doctor Lardner is a democrat, but has had no aspirations for political service. He is a member of the Catholic Church. On September 6, 1899, at Cherokee, Kansas, he married Miss Marie W. Germain. Mrs. Lardner was born at Girard, Kansas, daughter of Henry and Amanda (Wallace) Germain. Her father was a prominent coal operator owning coal lands in the Pittsburg district and was also connected with the smelters. Doctor and Mrs. Lardner have one child, John Germain Lardner, born at Chanute, Kansas, July 23, 1908.