Biography of Dr. F. Y. McCaw
Saunders County, NE Biographies





Dr. F. Y. McCaw has practiced medicine successfully for a number of years in Colon and is also associated with his brother in the ownership of a drug store here. He was born in Winfield, Iowa, on the 23d of March, 1882, a son of Dr. W. H. and Margaret (Serviss) McCaw. The father was born in Prince Albert, Canada, and his parents were also natives of the Dominion, but earlier generations of the family were natives of Scotland and the name was formerly spelled McKee.

Dr. W. H. McCaw received a liberal education in Canada. When twenty one years of age he came to the United States and a number of years later entered the Keokuk Medical College at Keokuk, Iowa, from which he was graduated in 1878. He began the practice of his profession at Crawfordsville, Iowa, where he remained for five or six years, and subsequently lived in Swedesburg, that state, for twelve years. His next removal was to Hooper, Dodge county, Nebraska, where he remained for six years, and has since resided in Winfield, Iowa. He is still in the active practice of medicine, although he was seventy one years of age on the 12th of July, 1915. He has always been a stanch republican, believing firmly in the policies of that party. His wife was born in Schenectady, New York, but was taken by her parents to Michigan when she was but a child. Subsequently the family removed to Iowa and she was married in Winfield, that state. She is also living and has reached the age of seventy years. She became the mother of three sons and three daughters: Jennie, the wife of C. T. Macy, of Denver, Colorado; Bertha, deceased; Elva, a trained nurse who has taken up a claim near Springfield, Idaho; Sterling H., who is managing editor of the Norfolk Daily News at Norfolk, Nebraska; Sidney E., a pharmacist, who is engaged in the drug business in Colon in partnership with our subject; and F. W.

The last named attended school in Swedesburg, Iowa, and Hooper, Nebraska, and following his graduation from high school in 1898 went to Denver, Colorado, where he remained for a time. In 1903 he entered the Creighton Medical College at Omaha, from which he was graduated with the class of 1907. He continued his preparation for his chosen profession by serving as interne in St. Joseph's Hospital for one year and has since done considerable postgraduate work. He first located for practice at Mount Union, Iowa, where he remained until February, 1912, when he removed to Colon, Nebraska. In the three years that have since intervened he has built up a good practice and has gained recognition as an able and conscientious physician. In the early part of 1915 he and his brother Sidney E. established a drug store in Colon, which they have since successfully conducted.

In 1910 Dr. McCaw was married to Miss Myra Patterson, of Winfield, Iowa, and they have two children: Warren William and Donald Hugh. Dr. McCaw is a progressive republican and is stalwart in his support of the policies of Theodore Roosevelt. While living in Mount Union he served on the city council and he always takes a keen interest in affairs of local government. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, to the support of which they contribute. Along professional lines he is identified with the Saunders County and the Nebraska State Medical Societies and the American Medical Association and finds these connections of great value in keeping in touch with the trend of medical theory and practice.

From:
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
Vol. II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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