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ICPR > State Archives > Collections > The History of the Regulation of Medical Practice in Indiana: 1850-1900 > Indiana Heritage Research Grant - Online Exhibit > Hoosier Doctors > Biography - William Schwier Biography - William Schwier

Information courtesy of (Mrs. James) Melba Shilling, Starke County Historian

Mrs. Shilling writes:

"You also might be interested in knowing that the daughter of Dr. Schwier, who was mentioned as a member of the medical society in 1912, is still living in Knox. At 99 years young, she is very alert and lives independently. Until this summer, she was still driving. She just began another year as the director of the chancel choir of the Knox United Methodist Church! I talked with her about her physician-father yesterday, and copied the enclosed photograph of him.

"She said that her father, William Schwier, studied at the Louisville Medical School for four years, then at the Rush Medical School in Chicago. She believes that he started practicing medicine near Logansport in Cass County before moving to Wheatfield, Indiana, where he met Elizabeth's mother and where Elizabeth was born in 1898. He moved the family to Knox in 1906, and practiced medicine in an office on Main Street until a fire destroyed most of the block along Main Street, stopping just short of the doctor's office. He then decided to build a new office on the corner of Pearl and Lake Streets, a building (1910) which still stands.

"After her father's death in 1935, she and her moth built a new house (smaller) on the adjoining lot to the original residence, and her mother gave most of her father's medical equipment and books to a neighbor boy, Craig Jones, who was graduating from medical school. So she does not have many things which belonged to her father. She remembers a machine which he used to treat "rheumatism", where sparks would fly between two balls, and a pad on a stick. He would treat a person by rubbing it on his back. She has a picture (faded) of this machine."

(photograph available through Indiana State Archives)