AMERICUS O. McMICHAEL, M D
In the subject of this review we have one who has attained distinction in the line of his profession, who has been
an earnest and discriminating student and who holds a position of due relative precedence among the medical practitioners
of southwestern Missouri. He located in Joplin in March, 1899, and his practice has continually grown until it
has some time since passed the confines of the city and of the county as well, a fact indicative of his superior
ability, for people do not risk their most cherished possession life in the hands of the incompetent.
Dr. McMichael is a native of Des Moines, Iowa, and traces his ancestry back to good old Revolutionary stock, for
his great grandfather, Lieutenant McMichael, was a member of the Colonial army and participated in the hotly contested
engagement at Brandywine. His grandmother McMichael's people were also represented in the war of the Revolution.
Mathew Rankin McMichael, the Doctor's father, was a native of Hancock county, Pennsylvania, and for a time resided
at Canton, Ohio, whence he went to Iowa, becoming one of the early settlers of Des Moines, where he carried on
agricultural pursuits. He wedded Margaret A. Swearse.
Their. son, Dr. McMichael, spent his boyhood days under the parental roof and acquired his early education in the
schools of Des Moines, after which he entered Drake University of that city, and was there graduated. His choice
of a life work fell upon the medical profession, and as a preparation for the calling he matriculated in the Iowa
College of Physicians and Surgeons, a department of Drake University. He also pursued a course in pharmacy and
for twelve years was engaged in the drug business in Des Moines, meeting with gratifying success in the undertaking.
He was also lecturer in the College of Pharmacy of Drake University for two years. He has also taken post graduate
work in six clinical schools in New York city and in the Chicago Eye, Ear and Throat Post Graduate School, of Chicago,
and has ever kept in touch with the progress that is continually being made as investigation and study reveals
new truths in connection with the human system and its care. Since coming to Joplin he has built up a practice
second to none. It extends to all portions of Jasper county and even beyond its borders, for his fame as a most
skilled practitioner has spread abroad.
The Doctor was united in marriage to Miss Louisa, daughter of H. C. Huttenlocker, a native of Germany and an early
settler of Des Moines, where Mrs. McMichael spent her girlhood days. They now have two children, Alma and Horace.
The Doctor is a valued representative of several civic societies, including the Masonic, the Knights of Pythias
and the Independent Oder of Odd Fellows, and in his life he exemplifies their beneficent spirit. The success which
attends his efforts is but a natural sequence, for his position soon became assured as an able physician, a man
of sterling integrity and one devoted to his profession and to the interests and welfare of those to whom he ministers.
He possesses marked judgment and discernment in diagnosing disease; is a physician of great fraternal delicacy,
and no man ever more closely observed the ethics of the unwritten professional code or showed more careful courtesy
to his fellow practitioners than Dr. McMichael.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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