Dr. M. S. Bias, of Cedar Bluffs, is an efficient and experienced physician and has built up a large and representative
practice. He is also an able business man and takes much interest in the commercial development of his community.
He was born in Cabell county, West Virginia, on the 21st of January, 1855, a son of James B. and Mary (Adkins)
Bias. The family has been represented in Virginia and West Virginia for a number of generations and the father,
who died at the very advanced age of ninety years, passed his entire life in the same locality and, in fact, his
demise occurred within twenty feet of his birthplace. He was a farmer by occupation and was widely known and highly
respected. The mother died in 1910 at the age of eighty seven years. They were the parents of fifteen children,
those besides our subject being: Crosby, deceased; Dicy, the wife of A. R. Rousey, of Salt Rock, West Virginia;
Levina, deceased; Roland M., who died in the army; Clarissa, deceased; Algelana, the wife of S. G. Carter, of Milton,
West Virginia; M. A., a general merchant of Milton, that state; B. B., who is farming near Salt Rock, West Virginia;
Letha, deceased; two who died in infancy; G. J., who is living on the family homestead; Ewell, a resident of Huntington,
West Virginia; and Mary, the wife of Eli Morrison, of Salt Rock.
M. S. Bias was educated in the common schools at Salt Rock and in the high schools at Milton and Salt Rock, graduating
from the high school at the latter place in 1875. About two years later he entered the University of Louisville
at Louisville, Kentucky, where he completed the medical course in 1887. Even before graduation, however, he had
engaged in practice to some extent and after receiving his degree he located at Hurricane, West Virginia, where
he remained for two years. He then went to Lane, Kansas, and practiced there in partnership with Dr. McIntosh for
one year, after which he removed to Hillsdale, Kansas, where he was located for eleven years. He gained a large
and lucrative practice there but at length turned his attention to other interests, feeding cattle on a large scale.
His health broke down, however, and he sold out and went to the Gulf of Mexico, spending considerable time in that
region and visiting all of the watering places on the coast. Having regained his health, Dr. Bias went to Chicago,
where he spent six months in further medical study, after which he went to Ohiowa, Nebraska, where he remained
for five years. At. the end of that time he returned to West Virginia in order to care for his aged father, who
was ill, and he remained there until the latter's demise two years later. Not long afterward he again came west
and devoted six months to post graduate work in medicine at Kansas City. He then located in Colon, Nebraska, where
he remained for about six years, gaining an enviable reputation as an able and conscientious physician. Four years
ago, however, he left Colon and removed to Cedar Bluffs and he is now one of the most successful physicians here.
He is careful in diagnosis and in his treatment of various diseases follows the latest and most approved methods.
He keeps in touch with the advancement of medical science through constant study. He holds membership in the Wiest
Virginia State Medical Society, the Nebraska State Medical Society and the Saunders County Medical Society, of
which he served as president in 1907. In the management of his private affairs Dr. Bias has displayed sound business
judgment, and he has supported all movements looking to the material growth and development of the various communities
in which he has resided. While living in Colon he erected a good residence there, and he is now one of the substantial
men of Cedar Bluffs.
On the 25th of November, 1891, occurred the marriage of Dr. Bias and Miss Mary V. Shank, a native of St. Albans,
West Virginia. The Doctor has supported the democratic party since age conferred upon him the right of franchise,
and he is one of the local leaders of that party, having served for four years as chairman of the county central
committee. During his residence in Kansas he was appointed pension examiner but he has never been a candidate for
an elective office. He was reared in the faith of the Methodist Episcopal church and fraternally he belongs to
the Masonic lodge at Ohiowa and to the Knights of Pythias at Cedar Bluffs. He has always been very fond of outdoor
sports and in his earlier manhood was an excellent ball player, continuing in the game until he was forty four
years old. He is a broad minded man of varied interests and holds the respect and esteem of all who have been associated
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Saunders County, NE
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