Biography of Dr. Lewis Kern
Howard County, IN Biographies





LEWIS KERN, M. D., is a native of Botetourt County, Va.; was born in 1831, and is the son of Jacob Kern, a native of Pennsylvania, and Delphi A. (Stanley) Kern, born in Virginia. His father was a blacksmith, and removed in 1839 to. Shelby County, Ind., with his family, and resided there until his death in 1842. His mother died in 1836, leaving five children, our subject being the youngest. Dr. Lewis Kern received common school advantages, working on a farm and in a saw mill until about fourteen years of age, when he went to Warren County, Ohio, and attended school six months. The ensuing winter, he taught school in Shelby County, Ind., and in 1845 came with his brother, Dr. J. H. Kern, to Howard County, then Richardville County, and located where. Alto now is. In 1846, he returned to Shelby County, where he taught school one term, and in 1849 again located in this county and commenced the study of medicine with his brother, Dr. J. H. Kern. After having been under his tutorage three years, he commenced to practice with his brother at Alto. In 1853, his brother went to Iowa, and our subject went to New London, where he practiced one year. He then returned to Alto, where he soon attained a large practice, and in 1879 he came to Kokomo with his son and entered the drug trade, at the same time continuing his practice. After two years, he sold out, and with his son engaged in the practice of medicine. In December, 1882, this partnership was dissolved, and he is now practicing alone. Dr. Kern has a large practice, and ranks as one of the eminent physicians of the county. Dr. Kern is a graduate of the Indiana Medical College, is a member of the Howard County Medical Association, and has been President two terms of the Academy of Medicine of Kokomo. He is a member of the State Medical Association, and is an honorary member of the Grant County and Tipton County Medical Societies. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. and Masonic fraternity, and has served as City Councilman from the First Ward of Kokomo. Dr. Kern was married, in 1853, to Virginia C. Pitzer, who was born in 1833 in Fayette County, Ohio. By this union they have one child, Theodore. Dr. Kern is one of the oldest physicians in active practice in the county. He is an old settler in Harrison Township, and has assisted in the development and has been identified with the progressive interests of his township, county and State. He is one of the best qualified physicians in the county, and has had a wide experience. He is ever ready to assist in benevolent enterprises, and he and wife are both members of the Methodist Episcopal Church in good standing.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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