DR. CHARLES FLECKENSTEIN
Charles S. and Martha Fleckenstein came to onaga from western
Kansas in 1937. They opened the first hospital in Onaga. He bought
the Charles Day residence. It was formerly one of the show places
of Kansas and stood on land granted by patent in 1860, to Jacob
Heiss by President Buchanan. He had it redecorated and rebuilt
for hospital convenience.
The Fleckensteins have two daughters, Jean and Dorothy. Dr.
Fleckenstein retired from practice in 1977. He delivered 2,500
to 3,000 babies in addition to all of his other medical duties.
Drs. Fleckenstein and Walsh built the Onaga Clinic in 1959.
TRIBUTE TO DR. CHARLES FLECKENSTEIN
It was Onaga's gain and western Kansas' loss when you, Dr. Fleckenstein,
came to our little town. You have had a long and successful career.
During all of your time here you have faithfully served the professional
and, in many cases, the personal needs of the people of this
community. You have also become involved in our interests and
helped build our town. It is a better place because you have
You are really an inspiration because we all know you have
had tremendous problems, obstacles and frustrations that are
characteristic of your profession; yet you surmounted these difficulties
You have spent many nights at a sick one's bedside and brought
many children into the world at night, only to rise and spend
all of the next day at the office for six or seven days a week.
You have borne much physical pain yourself to help others.
You now have the well-wishes of this community for a long and
DR. THOMAS CLARK HINKLE
Thomas Clark Hinkle was born in Laclede, IL, June 12, 1876. Before
he was two years old, his parents brought him to Kansas by covered
wagon and settled on a farm until he was seven years old. They
then moved to Junction City. He worked his way through the old
Kansas Medical College of Topeka by assisting in a Topeka blacksmith
shop after classes. Finishing his medical training, he practiced
for a few months, and then decided he wanted to be a musician.
He studied music for a year at Emporia State Normal.
Under the influence of his mother, he studied and was ordained
to the ministry. He was married to Miss Roxanna E. Stevens of
Stockton, KS, December 23, 1908, and took her to his first clergy
appointment. After recovering from a nervous breakdown, he practiced
medicine for 20 years, starting out at Baldwin, KS. It was here
he began writing. He was pastor of the Congregational Church
at Carbondale from 1927-1936; Onaga, 1936-1942; Little River,
1942-1944; and Onaga in 1944, until the time of his death. Sometimes
he took a church, reserving the right to spend time writing and
practicing medicine. While in Onaga, he assisted Dr. Fleckenstein
and Dr. Walsh with surgery in the old hospital.
The Hinkles had two sons, Dr. Roland T. Hinkle, who at the
time of Dr. Hinkle's death, was associate professor at Cornell
University; and Thomas C. Hinkle, Jr., a doctor of veterinary
medicine, who was in charge of meat inspection at the St. Louis
packing houses. His books, more than 24 in all, are published
by William Morrow Company, New York, by two houses in London,
another in France, as well as Germany, Norway and Denmark. His
books kept selling over the years. They were used in the school
during the 1940s and 1950s as supplemental reading in 45 states.
Nearly every library in the United States has some of his writings.
Many are still available. The Onaga Library has a set of these
His stories for children are about horses and dogs. His first
book, Tawny, a Dog of the Old West, was published in 1927. His
book, Shag, the Story of a Dog, has been given a place in England
in the King's treasures of English Literature. Some of his others
are Black Storm, Pinto, Bing, Crazy Dog, Curly, Dusty and Blaze
He died from coronary thrombosis on May 13, 1949, at his home
in Onaga. Mrs. Hinkle died at the home of her son in Caseyville,
IL, December 8, 1949. Both of their funerals were held in the
Congregational Church at Onaga. They were buried in the Wamego
Dr. Jacobs, a chiropractor, was in Onaga only a short time.
He opened his office in the Tessendorf building on July 6, 1871.
He, his wife and three little boys lived in the former Steve
DR. CHRIS KOENTZ
Dr. Chris Koentz served the community for many years. He came
here in 1907. He was in the service during World War I, and then
came back to Onaga for two years. From here he went to the Navaho
Indian Reservations in Arizona and Idaho. He died in the early
DR. JOHN P. KOENTZ
John P. Koentz, M. D., was born in the Province of Gelderland,
Holland, on January 27, 1823. He was educated in a medical college
in Amsterdam. He came to America in 1849, and settled in Sheboygan
County, Wisc., where he was in practice. In 1855, he came to
Leavenworth, KS, where he lived for four years, and then moved
to Pottawatomie County, where he practiced his profession, except
when he was in the Army. In 1862, he enlisted in Company K of
the Eleventh Kansas, and was promoted to Hospital Steward. He
served in that capacity until the close of the war; he was acting
Post Surgeon most of that time. He returned to his farm at the
close of the war, and in 1880, he moved into the city of Onaga.
He was married in October 1865, at Little Sant Fe, MO., to Miss
Sarah M. White. They had three children: Walter William, Charles
E., an Christian H.
(Also see Koentz, Jan Petros below)
KOENTZ, JAN PETROS DR. (NO
Petros Koentz, was born at Wychen, Netherlands, on January 27,
1823, and died at his home in Onaga On April 26, 1911, aged 88
years, 2 months and 29 days.
The deceased came to America in 1849, and lived at Sheboygan,
Wisconsin, a short time after which he moved to Leavenworth,
Kansas, remaining there until 1858 when he took up a homestead
near this city, and has lived here continuously since, except
three years spent in the War of the Rebellion, serving in Co.
K, 11 th Kansas
Volunteer regiment. He was married to Sarah Melmoth White in
Jackson county, Missouri on September 23, 1865. To this union
were born eight children, only three of whom together with the
wife and mother are living. The surviving children are: William
Walter, of Colorado, Charles Edward, and Dr. Christian Henry
Koentz, of Onaga.
Dr. Koentz was one of the early pioneers of this locality.
Having come here in the early days he knew the hardships of the
early settler. For several years he was the only physician in
this locality and for miles around, and the trip was never too
long, nor the day or night too cold or stormy for him to answer
the summons for medical aid to his fellow man. We sometimes think
that the physician of today has a hard life, but what must it
have been in the days when the subject of this sketch was a practitioner?
He was of a jovial disposition and was always laughing and cutting
up with those with whom he came in contact. He was fond of children
and never let an opportunity pass to play with the young folks
when ever he met them. Even in his declining years he always
noticed a little child and they learned to like and respect him.
Several years ago, and after the infirmities of life overtook
him, he was forced to give up the practice of his profession.
The funeral services, conducted by the members of Custard Post,
G.A.R., were held at the home of Dr. C. H. Koentz on Thursday
afternoon, and was attended by a large concourse of sorrowing
friends. Interment was given in the Onaga cemetery, beside the
graves of the children who had preceded the father to the great
CARD OF THANKS—
To the many kind neighbors and friends, and especially to the
members of the Grand Army of the Republic, who so nobly assisted
during the extended illness, death and funeral of our beloved
husband and father, we wish hereby to extend our heartfelt thanks.
(See John P. Koentz above)
DR. R. C. LEINBACH
Leinbach graduated from the Kansas City Medical College in 1907
and began his medical practice at Homewood, KS, later moving
on to Berryton, where he was at the beginning of the first world
Expecting to be called into the service, he went to St. Mary's
Hospital, Kansas City, as a resident physician. He was rejected
for military service because of a bad heart condition.
He began his practice at Onaga in the spring of 1919. His office
was above the drug store on the east side of the street. He was
president of the Pottawatomie County Medical Association and
a member of the Kansas Medical and American Medical Associations.
He was chairman of the Medical Examining Boards of Pottawatomie
County during World War II. In 1933, he became a surgeon for
the Union Pacific Railroad for the Onaga territory and held that
position until his retirement.
He was a history student. For twenty years, he has presented
an award to the honor history student of the graduating class
of the local high school.
Roscoe C. Leinbach was born at Onaga, KS, on August 24, 1884,
the son of Samuel E. Leinbach, who came here from Pennsylvania
in 1867, and his mother, Lucy M. Fulton, who came with her parents
from Illinois in 1866. He was united in marriage to Florence
Huss on July 31, 1944. He passed away at his home after a lingering
illness December 14, 1945.
DR. D. C. MALCOLM
Following the death of Dr. Wilson, Dr. D. C. Malcolm took over
his practice, coming here in 1934. His offices were in the rear
of the First National Bank Building. He served the community
until 1937; at which time he left to pursue his specialty field
of urology. He and his family moved to California.
DR. JAMES E. MCMANIS
James E. McManis was born August 31, 1867, in Adams County, Ohio.
While in his teens, acting as driver, he accompanied a doctor
on his visits to the sick. Oftentimes at the doctor's request, "he
sat up" at night with the patients as was the custom at
that time. He became interested in that kind of work.
He attended and was graduated in 1892, from park College Academy
at Parkville, MO. Later, he attended medical college at Kansas
City, MO, and completed the course in 1902. Shortly after his
graduation, he came to Havensville to practice medicine. He was
there for 45 years, except for one and one-half years while serving
in World War I.
Dr. McManis was a "horse and buggy" doctor. He served
for miles around Soldier, Circleville, Holton, Corning, Centralia,
Emmett, Westmoreland, Onaga and Havensville and wherever else
he was called. He was very kind, gentle, and understanding.
He established a trust fund for scholarships for qualified
scholars, boys or girls, to help them with their education. I
have been told that the interest is enough to pay the bills without
using any of the principal. This shows his love and interest
in the young people.
He delivered me, Edna (McCloughan) Kocker, and both of my children,
James H. Kocher, who was a namesake for Dr. James McManis, and
Zona Marcella (Kocher) Eraas.
If the mother was getting along fine, he always gave the baby
its first bath and he loved every one of them.
By Mrs. Edna Kocher
DR. E. F. RICHARDSON
E. F. Richardson was born in Richmond, VA, and came to Onaga
in 1883. He practiced in Havensville with his brother. Dr. W.
F. Richardson, before coming to Onaga. He practiced in Onaga
for 20 years. He was a member of the Legislature; a member of
the School Board; and Mayor for four years. He died of pneumonia
at the age of 44.
Brothers of Dr. E. F. Richardson were Dr. W. F. Richardson,
a physician in Havensville; and T. J. Richardson, a banker in
He received his diploma from the Hospital College of Medicine
in Louisville, KY. He also took courses of study in the Virginia
State Medical College in Richmond, and the Kansas City Medical
His original office was over The Exchange Bank, the bank being
located where the old post office building now stands. Later
he moved his office above the First National Bank, now Morrill
and James Bank.
He was married to Agnes Mary Bell, who was born in Shetland,
Province of Ontario, Canada. Mrs. Richardson came from a large
family of 11 children. She came to Kansas in 1877 and settled
near Havensville where she attended school. She also attended
Old Campbell College in Holton and taught school for a short
time. She was married in Jackson County to Dr. Richardson in
The Richardsons lived on the corner of 4th and Lucien and later
built a home at 7th and Leonard, the home of the late Garland
Dr. and Mrs. Richardson were the parents of five children:
Lester, Kersey Richardson Miller; Forrest; Mayme Richardson Wegner;
and Helen Richardson Riley.
DR. LEON SHUMATE
Dr. Leon Shumate, an osteopathic physician, came to Onaga in
1930 and practiced in the community until 1959, when he moved
to Wichita. His offices were in what is now Wayne Stallard's
He married Genevieve Berges, daughter of Louis and Cleo Berges.
Dr. Shumate died in Wichita in the 1970s.
DR. W. P. WILSON
Dr. W. P. Wilson and his wife, Lucie, moved to Onaga in 1906.
He was in partnership with Dr. Richardson for a few years.
The Wilsons had four children, Hugh, Helen, Clare, and Bill.
He served the community well and was active in civic affairs.
He died in 1933. Lucie moved to California; she died there.
DR. EUGENE WALSH
of the best events that ever happened to me and this community
was the arrival of Dr. Eugene and Agnes Walsh. Their first trip
to Onaga was in August of 1947, after Dr. Eugene had agreed to
take my place for three weeks so I could have a vacation. I worried
about him while we were gone because that summer was one of our
hotter ones, but I learned through a letter that he was keeping
fairly cool by living in the basement and keeping a fan blowing
over a large cake of ice. In spite of what he had told me, I
noticed he was in quite a hurry to get out of here and back to
the coolness of Colorado.
The patients for whom he had cared had many praises for him
and thought he was a wonderful doctor. That conviced me that
he would be very good for this community. After much writing
and phoning, he and Agnes finally agreed to come back to stay.
It was a great day in 1948 when he, Agnes, and Little Julie arrived.
They lived with us a short time until their furniture came and
then moved into the house just north of the telephone building.
Doc and Agnes liked Onaga as much as Onaga liked them and developed
many friends in this and surrounding communities. His first office
was in the old hospital on Leonard street where he practiced
about five years. When the community began work on the new hospital,
it was he who suggested we build a clinic close to it.
Dr. Eugene had a brilliant mind. I know that when he was in
grade school he was advanced one grade because he was too far
ahead of the rest of the class. In addition to being an excellent
student, he was also a brilliant doctor and very dedicated to
his patients. He was a wonderful person to have around and a
very nice person with whom to work. He was one of the best friends
I have ever had. We worked together like brothers with never
a quarrel. He had a great sense of humor and could always come
up with a witty remark at the right time. People enjoyed visiting
Dr. Walsh not only served the community as a doctor but also
in many other ways. In conjuction with Father Dougherty, he was
influential in getting the present Catholic Church built and
was a good and faithful pillar of that church and of the Knights
of Columbus. He served on the city council and was a member of
the school board when the district was enlarged and the new grade
school was built. He was a wonderful husband and father. He taught
his children love, loyalty and understanding, and saw that all
of them received a good education and a good start in family
and business life.
It was a terrible blow when he learned his wife had cancer,
but he took it like the man he was. It was only a short time
after the death of Agnes that he developed symptoms that were
found to be due to an incurable type of cancer. This second shock
was more than most people would be able to bear but, again, Doc's
character and religion helped him withstand his problems and
he continued practicing medicine as long as possible. When this
did occur, he accepted it with great fortitude. I think he has
taught all of us how to die with courage and dignity.
We shall all miss him greatly, but the results of his work
here will be a constant reminder of him. I would like to finish
by asking Doc to hold down the fort until we meet again.
By C. S. Fleckenstein, M. D.
DR. THOMAS EUGENE WALSH
Dr. Thomas Eugene Walsh was born June 3, 1948, at the old Onaga
Hospital. He attended grade and high schools in Onaga, and graduated
in 1966. He attended Notre Dame University, K. U. Medical School,
and interned at St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, MO. He married
Marcia Ellen Stewart on April 26, 1975. They have three children:
David, Matthew and Molly. The family moved to Onaga and Dr. Walsh
joined the practice of Dr. E. A. Walsh and Dr. Fleckenstein in
July of 1975.