Biography of William H. Vogt, M. D.
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For twenty-three years Dr. William H. Vogt has engaged in medicine in St. Louis, his native city. He was born September 9, Dr. Gustavus Vogt, who is a native of Germany and on coming to first in Davenport, Iowa, whence he removed to St. Louis. He was the Missouri Medical College of this city in 1878, since which time continuous and active practice here, being today one of the oldest practicing physicians of the city, having for forty-three years followed his profession in St. Louis. He belongs to the St. Louis Medical Society, the Missouri State Medical Association and the American Medical Association and has always kept abreast with the trend of modern professional thought and practice. He now has his offices with his son in the Metropolitan building and resides at No. 4977 Lotus avenue. He married Lina Merkel, who was born in Illinois and is of German descent. By her marriage she became the mother of seven children, six of these being daughters.
Dr. William H. Vogt, the only son and the second child, was educated in the public schools of St. Louis and in private schools, while later he took up the study of medicine in Washington University and was graduated with the class of 1898. He then served for a year in the St. Louis City Infirmary and for an equal period in the St. Louis Female Hospital, after which he went abroad, spending several years in post-graduate work in Berlin, Vienna and Dresden. Upon his return to America he became assistant to the late Dr. A. C. Bernays, a distinguished surgeon, with whom he was associated for five years. Since that time he has engaged in private practice, specializing in the diseases of women.
He belongs to the St. Louis Medical Society, the Missouri State Medical Association, the Southern Medical Society, the Mississippi Valley Medical Association and the American Medical Association, is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and is keenly interested in all things that tend to bring to man a key to the complex mystery which we call life. Since leaving college his reading and study have been broad and comprehensive and he is continually promoting his efficiency through scientific investigation. He has contributed many valuable articles to medical journals and was the translator of a German work entitled “A Very Young Human Ovum.” Also he has contributed chapters in several textbooks relating to his branch of practice. He is now instructor In obstetrics and diseases of women in the St. Louis University and is visiting physician to the St. Louis City Hospital and the City Sanitarium. He is likewise on the staff of St. John’s and St. Louis Maternity Hospitals.
On the 10th of April, 1908, Dr. Vogt was married in New York city to Miss Edna Jeanette Nichols, a native of Ohio and a daughter of Dr. John and Alice (Hawkey) Nichols, the latter of Scotch descent, the founder of the family in America becoming one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. To Dr. Vogt and his wife has been born one son, William H., whose birth occurred in St. Louis, June 18, 1910.
Dr. Vogt belongs to Irwin Lodge, No. 113, A. F. & A. M., and has membership in the University Club. His political allegiance is given to the republican party, which he has supported since age conferred upon him the right of franchise, but the honors and emoluments of office have had no attraction for him, as he has always preferred to concentrate his undivided attention upon his professional duties.