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      Though a resident of the Sacramento valley but a short time, Dr. George H. Penwell is well established in the practice of medicine and surgery at Woodland and has gained recognition for his ability and skill in the treatment of human ailments.  The Doctor was born in Princeton, Missouri, on the 19th of June, 1897, and received his elementary education in the public schools of Larned, Kansas.  He pursued his regular college course in the University of Kansas, at Lawrence, and then matriculated in the medical school of the University of Kansas.  He was graduated from that institution with the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1924, after which he took a post-graduate course in surgery in the Yale School of Medicine.  He served a fifteen months’ internship in the Kansas City General Hospital, at Kansas City, Missouri, and then entered upon the practice of his profession at Marquette, McPherson County, Kansas.  In the winter of 1929-30 Dr. Penwell came to California for a three months’ stay, but so well pleased was he with the country, climate and people that he decided to remain here.  For a few months he was at the Weimar Sanitarium, at Colfax, California, and then, in April came to Woodland and opened an office.  He has been very successful, enjoys a large practice and commands the confidence of the people to a marked degree.

      Dr. Penwell was united in marriage to Miss Esther Lillian Young, who was born in Alexandria, Kansas.  She became a member of Delta Gamma at Washburn College, Topeka, Kansas, is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and is very popular socially.  The Doctor is affiliated with Marquette Lodge, No. 353, F. & A. M., at Marquette, Kansas; the Phi Beta Pi, medical, and Alpha Tau Omega fraternities, and belongs to the medical societies of Yolo, Colusa, and Glenn counties; the Kansas State Medical Society, the California Medical Society and the American Medical Association.  Since coming to Woodland he has gained a wide acquaintance and his cordiality and sincerity have made him greatly respected throughout the community in which he lives.




Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 2 Pages 344-345. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.

 © 2010  Gerald Iaquinta.






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