Horace E. Potter (1858 – )

“HORACE E. POTTER, M.D., has been located at Clifton for over thirty years, and besides his successful associations with the profession is a man of high standing and wide repute for his active relations with community affairs.

Doctor Potter came to Kansas on his graduation from medical college.  He was born in Henry County, Illinois, December 25, 1858.  His ancestry if Scottish and his forefathers came from Scotland to Connecticut in colonial times.  His father, Loren E. Potter, was also a physician…

Dr. Horace E. Potter was six or seven years of age when his parents moved to Iowa, and spent part of his youth on a farm in Marshall County.  He attended the rural schools, the public schools at Gilman, graduating from high school there in 1879.  the next four years he spent as a teacher in Marshall County and while teaching he took up the study of medicine.  Doctor Potter graduated from the St. Louis Medical College in 1885 with the degree M.D. and subsequently specialized in diseases of the eye in the Chicago Homoepathic College.  Doctor Potter located at Clifton, Kansas, in 1885 and through the subsequent years has borne with credit and efficiency the increasing burdens of a large general and surgical practice.  Doctor Potter has his offices on Parallel Street and his residence is on Bartlett Avenue.  He also owns a farm of 108 acres in Clay County.

Dr. Potter has voted the republican ticket since 1880, when he supported Garfield and Arthur.  He has served as coroner of Clay County and when the Clay County High School Board was organized he was appointed one of its first directors and served the second year by election.  He is a member in good standing of the County and State Medical Societies and the American Medical Association.  Doctor Potter has long been an enthusiastic fraternity man.  He is a past master of Clifton Lodge No. 122, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and also belongs to the Topeka Consistory No. 1 and of the Scottish Rite.  He is past noble grand of Clifton Lodge No. 81, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and for over twenty years has sat in the Grand Lodge and is now chairman of the Committee on Legislation.  He is past master workman and past grand representative of Clifton Lodge No. 40, Ancient Order of United Workmen, and is also a member of Clifton Council No. 70 of the Knights and Ladies of Security .

In 1887, at Greenleaf, Kansas, Doctor Potter married Miss Iza E. Ware, daughter of I.C. and Mary (Gallion) Ware, the latter now deceased.  her father served in the Union army, and is a civil engineer and retired farmer now living in Clifton.

Doctor and Mrs. Potter have one son and one daughter.  Rayburn, the older, is a graduate of the Clifton High School, spent one year in Washburn College and one year in the State Agricultural College at Manhattan, and is now in the Engineering Corps of the United States Army at a camp in Texas.  The daughter Mary is a graduate of the Clifton High School, continued her studies in the State Agricultural College and is now preparing for work as a nurse in St. Francis Hospital at Topeka.”

Source:  A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, Vol. 3, by William Elsey Connelly, The Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago and New York, 1918, pages 1566-67.


Horace E. Potter (1858 – ) — 1 Comment

  1. I’m going to check this man’s ancestry and descendents as a daughter of my great grandfather, Hazel Ruth Ware married a man named Howard Wilson Potter on 7 Feb 1928 in Fremont County, Iowa. There may be a connection here.

    Wayne Ware
    Cedar Falls, IA

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