Biography of Dr. Frank E. Way
Saunders County, NE Biographies





Dr. Frank Emerson Way is a leading physician of Wahoo. He was accorded liberal educational training in preparation for the profession and has remained throughout the intervening years a close student of the science of medicine, keeping in touch at all times with the onward march of the profession.

Dr. Way was born in Springfield, Vermont, November 7, 1868, a son of James Polk and Eliza Ann (Slack) Way. The father's birth occurred in Lempster, New Hampshire, in 1844, and the mother was born in Springfield, Vermont, in 1845. Their marriage was celebrated September 8, 1864, after Mr. Way returned from the south, where he had been engaged in active military service in defense of the Union. He enlisted on the 1st of September, 1862, as a private of Company E, Sixteenth Vermont Infantry, and was honorably discharged at Brattleboro, Vermont, August 10, 1863. He took part in the engagement at Gettysburg, was seriously injured and remained in a hospital until mustered out. The ancestry of the Way family can be traced back to Henry Way, a son of George Way, of Powerstock, Dorsetshire, England. He came to America in 1630, with his wife, on the ship "Mary and John," and settled at Dorchester, Massachusetts.

Dr. Way pursued his public school education in Springfield, Vermont, and then deciding upon medical practice as a life work, he entered the medical department of Boston University, from which he was graduated in 1890. He has since done much post graduate work and in that way as well as by private study has kept in touch with scientific research and investigation. Coming to Wahoo, Nebraska, he opened an office and has here continued in general practice, at the same time specializing in diseases of the eye, ear, nose and throat, in which branch of the profession he is particularly well qualified. Almost from the beginning of his residence here he has been accorded a good practice and he ranks today among the ablest physicians of Saunders county. He carefully diagnoses his cases and is seldom at error in matters of judgment regarding the outcome of disease.

On the 5th of June, 1890, in Charlestown, New Hampshire, Dr. Way was joined in wedlock to Miss Nellie E. Willard, who was born January 23, 1870, her parents being Charles and Sarah L. (Bowen) Willard, the former born in New Hampshire, November 1, 1844, and the latter in Charlestown, that state, February 23, 1843. Our subject and his wife have two children, namely: Charles Willard, whose natal day was June 13, 1892; and James Laurence, born April 1, 1896.

Dr. Way belongs to the First Methodist Episcopal church of Wahoo and is serving on its official board. He holds membership with the Knights of Pythias and the Ancient Order of United Workmen and for four years was state examiner for the latter. In politics he is independent and the only offices that he has ever filled have been in the strict path of his profession. He was county coroner of Saunders county for two terms, from 1891 until 1893, and for the past fifteen years he has been examiner for the commission of insanity of the county. His acquaintance is wide and the consensus of public opinion establishes him not only as an able physician but also as a progressive and public spirited citizen and as a popular man.

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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