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Charles Francis Ryan M.D.




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CHARLES F. RYAN, M. D. (1855-1939)


The world has little use for the misanthrope. The universal brotherhood is widely recognized, as is also the truth that he serves God best who serves his fellow men. There is no profession or line of business which calls for greater selfsacrifice or more devoted attention than the medical profession and the most successful physician is he who, through love of his fellow men gives his time and earnest attention to the relief of human suffering. The successful physician is bound to make friends wherever he is known and will retain the respect and esteem of all classes of people. Among the scholarly and successful doctors in Darke county none has attained to a higher standing in his profession than he whose name initiates this paragraph and, because of his earnest life and high attainments, he is clearly entitled to representation in a work of the character of the one in hand.


Dr. Charles F. Ryan, of Versailles, was born in Adams township, this county, on the 2nd day of March, 1835, and is the son of Joseph J. and Susan (Kinney) Ryan. His father was born in London, England, and his mother was born at Yellow Springs, Greene county, Ohio. They were the parents of four children, of whom the subject of this sketch is the only survivor, the others being Edmund, John and Mary, last named dying in infancy. Joseph J. Ryan was reared in the English metropolis, securing his education in the public schools. His first employment was as a clerk in the largest woollen goods establishment of that city. In 1849 he emigrated to the United States, and for two years stopped at Yellow Springs, Ohio. He then came to Adams township, Darke county, where for several years he engaged in teaching school. Having accumulated some means, he invested in a small farm, sold and bought another one of fifty-three acres, to which he first added ninety-three acres, and still later another tract of seventy-seven acres. To the improvement and cultivation of these farms he gave his attention, but eventually he moved to Webster and engaged in literary work, living there until within six months of his death, when he came to Versailles and made his home with his son, the subject of this sketch, his death occurring on May 16, 1907, at the age of seventy-nine years. His wife died the same day, about five hours later, aged eighty-four years. Both were Methodists in their religious belief and were earnest in their observance of the spiritual verities. Joseph J. Ryan was a man of marked intellectual attainments, whose capabilities were generally recognized. He rendered efficient and appreciated service as justice of the peace, assessor, and as a member of the state board of equalization. He was. a constant student, having profound and accurate knowledge on a wide range of subjects, and was especially interested in educational matters.

 Doctor Ryan's paternal grandfather Ryan spent his entire life and died in England. His wife's maiden name was Mary Wilson. He was a gardener by vocation and was a man of good character and commanded general respect. To him and his wife were born five children, Edmund, Charles, Ralph, Joseph J. and a daughter who died young.

 On the maternal side, the subject's grandparents were Peter and Jane Kinney, who were farming folk and early settlers in Greene county, Ohio, where both died when well advanced in years. Their children, six in number, were named David, Mathias, Robert, Frank, Susan and Margaret.

 Charles F. Ryan spent his early years on his father's farm in Adams township, securing his elementary education in the district school. That particular school was one of the best in the county, being graded, and it is believed to have turned out more teachers than any of the city schools of the county. After completing his public school course, Mr. Ryan taught school for several terms, but, having determined to take up the practice of medicine, he began the study of that science at Gettysburg, under the direction of Dr. J. A. Cample. Later he matriculated in the Medical College of Ohio, where he was graduated on March 2, 1885, with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. He immediately established himself in the practice at Gettysburg, and attained splendid success. In 1895 he came to Versailles, where he has practiced continuously since.

 On March 24, 1878, Doctor Ryan was united in marriage with Emma Peck, daughter of Lucius and Elizabeth (Vore) Peck, and to this union was born a son, Earl Hurst Ryan. The latter is a graduate in pharmacy at the university at Ada, Ohio, and also took the scientific course in the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor. He then clerked in drug stores for several years, but, having decided to follow in his father's footsteps, he is now attending the Starling Medical College, at Columbus, Ohio. He married Jennie Murphy and they have a daughter, Rebecca Marthel. Mrs. Ryan was born in Miami county, Ohio, on June 23, 1857. Her father, Lucius Peck, was a native of Massachusetts, while her mother was a native of Miami county, this state, where they made their permanent home, and where both died. They were the parents of the following children, eight of whom lived to years of maturity: Susan, Rebecca, Parolee, Sarah, Martha, Nancy, Emma, Eliza, Dora and Lucy. Mrs. Ryan's father was a music and school teacher, in addition to which he was also an expert carpenter and blacksmith. Mrs. Ryan's paternal grandparents were both natives of Massachusetts, while in the maternal line, her grandparents, Peter and Rebecca (Fouts) Vore, were natives of Pennsylvania. He was a farmer by vocation and they were early settlers in Union township, Miami county, Ohio, where they lived the remainder of their lives and died when well advanced in years. They had the following children: Susan, Elizabeth, George, Henry, Eliza, John, Barbara, Elam, Harrison and Ann.

 Religiously, Doctor and Mrs. Ryan are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which the doctor is a trustee and steward. Fraternally, he is a member of Versailles Lodge No. 290, Free and Accepted Masons, while, professionally, he is a member of the county and state medical associations, in the proceedings of which he takes a deep interest. The doctor's political affiliations are with the Democratic party, in the success of which he is interested though his professional duties preclude his giving much attention to public affairs. He was village health officer for thirteen years. He owns the old home farm that was originally settled by his father and where he himself was reared. Doctor Ryan's public spirited Interest in the general good has been manifest in many ways, especially in the hearty co-operation which he gives to every movement or measure calculated to advance the general welfare. Through reading and investigation he keeps in close touch with the most advanced thought of his profession. Anything is of interest to him which tends to bring to man the key to that mystery which we call life. He has the closest regard for the higher professional ethics and enjoys in an unusual degree the respect of the members of the medical fraternity as well as that of the public.

 From History of Darke County Ohio From Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time, By Frazer E. Willson The Hobart Publishing Company 1914.

C. F. Ryan M.D.


Emma Peck Ryan and C. F. Ryan

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