Biography of Dr. Van Archibald Smelker
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DR. VAN ARCHIBALD SMELKER was born at Dodgeville, Wis., on September 11, 1882. He is the son of Jesse Patterson and Mary Elizabeth (Green) Smelker. He married Marie Wrotnowski of Nogales, whose father was a colonel in the American Civil War. Dr. Smelker is a graduate of the medical department of the Northwestern University at Chicago, and had two years experience in Wessley Hospital, in the same city, as an interne. He served as an assistant in the Southern Pacific hospitals in Sonora and Sinaloa, Mexico, being for one year under the famous surgeon, Dr. George Goodfellow. He is classed as a very successful surgeon, and is local surgeon for the S. P. of Mexico and for St. Joseph's Hospital.

From:
Who's Who in Arizona
Vol 1
Compiled and Published by Jo Conners
Press of The Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona 1913


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