John Andrew Elder (1876-1915)

Source: Genealogical and Personal History of the Upper Monongahela Valley, West Virginia
by James Morton Callahan
Volume II, Page 589

One of the leading members of the dental profession in the Monongahela Valley is Dr. John Andrew Elder, who enjoys the distinction of being the oldest (in point of service) dentist in Shinnston, whose success in his chosen calling has been the result of activity, perseverance and a thorough knowledge of the work to which he has devoted himself. He was born in Taylor county, West Virginia, April 23, 1876, son of George Washington and Mary (Hertzog) Elder, natives of Taylor county, and grandson of John Rilery Elder, whose birth occurred in Taylor county, and whose death occurred in the year 1910. George Washington Elder, now residing in the vicinity of Boothsville, Harrison county, devotes his attention to agricultural pursuits. During the civil war he served in the capacity of teamster for the union army, remaining throughout the entire period.

Dr. John Andrew Elder attended the local schools and the knowledge thus obtained was supplemented by attendance at the Normal School at Fairmont. After completing his studies he turned his attention to the profession of teaching, and was employed for three years in the public schools of Taylor county, achieving a certain degree of success along that line. He then began the study of dentistry, pursuing his studies in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Baltimore, Maryland. He took up his residence in Shinnston, West Virginia, October 14, 1901, and at once engaged in active practice, which has steadily increased in volume and importance during the intervening years. He resides on the west side of Shinnston, being the owner of the property, and being public-spirited to the highest degree, is ever forward in promoting every project which has for its object the welfare of the city and the community in which he has made his home. He is a stockholder in the First National Bank of Shinnston, a Baptist in religion, a Democrat in politics, and a member of the Modern Woodmen of America.

Dr. Elder married in Taylor county, West Virginia, October 1, 1902, Stella Stark, a native of Taylor county, born February 26, 1882, daughter of H. L. and Mary (Scranage) Stark; the former of whom is a farmer of Taylor county, residing north of Flemington. Children of Dr. and Mrs. Elder: Grace Ernestine, born October 23, 1903; Mary Gladys, August 8, 1907.

Additional Information

DEATH REGISTER, Harrison County, WV, 1915, page 52
Dr. John A. Elder died Oct. 23, 1915 at age 36yrs-6mo
Cause-of-death: Pneumonia
Occupation: Dentist
Marital-Status: Married


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