Biography of Dr. George P. Ikirt
Columbiana County, OH

Hon. George Pierce Ikirt, M. D., widely known physician and surgeon of East Liverpool, is a member of an old and honored pioneer family of Ohio. He was born near West Beaver Church, Columbiana County, Ohio, Nov. 3, 1852, and is the son of Dr. Jacob J. and Elizabeth (Fife) Ikirt.

Dr. Jacob J. Ikirt dceased, was born at Lisbon, Ohio, in 1826, the son of George Ikirt, a soldier in the War of 1812, who settled in Ohio at an early date and followed his trade as a millwright until his death in 1858. The Ikirt family is of German and Irish descent. In early youth Dr. Jacob J. Ikirt learned the carriage maker's trade at Lexington, Ky., but when a young man returned to Ohio and began the study of medicine. After receiving his preliminary training he practiced in the west for several seasons, then returned and completed a course of study in Starling Medical College, Columbus, Ohio, where he received his degree as Doctor of Medicine. He was then located at West Point, Columbiana County, Ohio, until 1875, when he removed to East Liverpool, where he practiced until his death in 1898. He married Elizabeth Fife, a daughter of Joseph Fife, who was one of General Jackson's Scouts at New Orleans in the War of 1812. After the war's close, Joseph Fife and his bride came to Columbiana County on horseback. His father, James Fife, born in Ireland of Scotch ancestry, came to the United States in early manhood and spent the remainder of his life in Pennsylvania. The Fifes were descendants of the Scotch noble family of that name who are so conspicuous in the military and civil history of the British Isles. Dr. Jacob J. Ikirt and his wife were the parents of four children, of whom one died in infancy. Those living are: George P., the subject of this sketch; Kate I., wife of A. H. Clark; and Mary C., the widow of Charles E. Crow.

George P. Ikirt received his preliminary education in the district and Lisbon schools, attending Lisbon High School under Prof. I. P. Hole. At the age of 17 years he began teaching school and at the same time pursued the study of law under Hon. Jonathan H. Wallace, but ill health compelled him to give up both work and study. He went upon a farm until he regained his health, and then began the study of medicine in his father's office. He next attended a course of lectures at the Columbus Medical College, at Columbus, Ohio, after which he matriculated at the Cincinnati College of Medicine and Surgery, from which he was graduated in 1877. Shortly after, he began the practice of medicine at East Palestine, Ohio, and one year later located at East Liverpool, where he continued until 1881. At the end of that period he entered Bellevue Hospital Medical College, from which he obtained his degree in 1882. Since that year he has practiced in East Liverpool. He has met with marked success, having the confidence of his patients and the public in general.

In 1873 Doctor Ikirt was married to Miss Mary L. Hasson, a daughter of Jonathan and Jane (Nevin) Hasson, both of whom are deceased and buried at Madison Church Yard near West Point, Ohio. Mrs Ikirt died in 1876 and is buried in West Beaver Church, Ohio. She left a son, Dr. Frank H., who was born near West Beaver Church, April 1, 1874. He married Miss Mae Mooney of Wheeling, W. Va., and they have four children: Helen Virginia, Mary Hasson, Maxine Frances and Frank Arthur. Doctor Frank H. Ikirt is a graduate of Baltimore Medical College and John Hopkins University. Following his graduation he established his practice at Wheeling, W. Va.

In 1880 Doctor Ikirt was married to Miss Mary E. Holmes, who was born at Black Hawk, Pa., Nov. 7, 1852, the daughter of Robert Cooper and Euphemia (Boyce) Holmes. Mrs. Holmes died June 6, 1887, and is buried at East Liverpool, Ohio. Doctor Ikirt's wife died March 8, 1925, and is buried in Riverview Cemetery, East Liverpool. In clubs and musical circles she was very active. She served as a member of the committee on civics of the Ohio Federation of Women's Clubs and was the first city federated club president. Mrs. Ikirt was a charter member of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, and vice president of Florence Crittenden Circle. She was a charter member and first president of the Monday Literary Club. She was a lifelong member of the First Methodist Episcopal Church and gave much of her life and energy in active service in the Home and Foreign Missionary Societies of the church, and several years as president of the Steubenville District Women's Home Missionary Society. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Play Ground Association, and also a member of the Finance Committee of the City Hospital Association for many years. For ten years she served on the City Board of School Examiners and also on the Board of Columbiana County Visitors. She was a frequent contributor to the press, usually writing under non de plume. Many of the memoirs which she wrote were published in booklet form. She was educated in music at Beaver College, Preparatory Department, and at Mount Union College at Alliance, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree. To Doctor and Mrs. Ikirt seven children were born: (1) Horace Holmes, born at East Liverpool, March 25, 1881, died April 12, 1881, is buried in the Riverview Cemetery; (2) Georgella, born at East Liverpool, married J. Paul Thompson, a prominent attorney of Cleveland, Ohio. She was graduated from East Liverpool High School and Ohio Wesleyan University, where she belongs to the National Trig Delta. She is a talented artist; (3) Mary Rubiena, born at East Liverpool, was graduated from East Liverpool High School, Ohio Wesleyan University and Western Reserve University. She is at present a teacher in the East Liverpool High School. She served for 10 years on the City Board of School Examiners. She is a member of the Ohio State Teacher's Association, National Educational Association, Pittsburgh Branch of the Western Reserve University Club, National Trig Delta at Ohio Wesleyan University, Gamma Delta Tau, Western Reserve University, and Clionian Literary Society of Ohio Wesleyan University; (4) Olive Elizabeth, born at East Liverpool, a graduate of East Liverpool High School and Western Reserve University. She is at present a member of the City Board of School Examiners and a teacher at present in East Liverpool High School. She is a member of Ohio State Teacher's Association, National Educational Association, Pittsburgh Branch of the Western Reserve University Club, and Gamma Delta Tau sorority. (5) Jacob Jasper, born at East Liverpool, Feb. 18, 1887, died March 1, 1887, and is buried in Riverview Cemetery; (6) Virgil Crocker, born at East Liverpool, May 4, 1891, married Edith Huffer of Alliance, Ohio, and they have five children: George Pierce Ikirt, 2nd; Mary Holmes Ikirt, 2nd; David Huffer Ikirt; Paul Thompson Ikirt and Rubiena Ikirt, 2nd. He is a graduate of Mount Union College and Staunton Military Academy. He is a member of the F. & A. M., Dayton, Ohio, where he is engaged in newspaper and printing business; (7) Geraldine Boyce, born at East Liverpool, is a graduate of East Liverpool High School, and is now a musician of note, possessing a voice of great charm.

Since early manhood, Doctor Ikirt has taken a deep interest in political affairs, and has been a hard worker for Democratic success. In 1884 he founded the "Crisis," a Democratic paper, which strongly advocated Jeffersonian principals. Becoming very popular with his party, in 1888 he was honored with the nomination of his party for Congress, the opposing candidate being Ohio's favorite son, William McKinley. St was a noble effort in a Republican stronghold, and although he was defeated, the good active campaign served to increase the confidence of the doctor's constituents in him. He had previously been instrumental in causing the nomination of his early preceptor, Judge Wallace, for Congress, and successfully managed the campaign that followed. Doctor Ikirt was again the party nominee for Congress in 1892, and after one of the hottest contests in the old 18th Congressional District, which was noted for its hard fight, he was elected by a good majority as a member of the 53rd Congress. He was faithful and zealous and gained these commendatory words from "Czar" Reed, after a running debate before the Ways and Means committee: "He is as ready in response as was Sunset Cox, and he is Jacksonian to the core." In accord with his convictions he broke on the silver question, with President Cleveland, whom he had twice helped to elect, and also voted against the burden of additional bonds laid upon the shoulders of the people, when it could have been avoided by, he believed, carrying out Democratic principles. The Doctor refused a second nomination tendered him without opposition on account of failing health and while he takes an active interest in politics, he has since devoted his time to his professional and business interests. Doctor Ikirt was examining physician for the government during the Cuban and World wars. He was also "Minute Man Speaker" during the World War.

Doctor Ikirt is a director of the Union Building & Loan Association, and belongs to the B. P. O. E. No. 58 and the East Liverpool Country Club. He is also a member of the Ohio State Medical Association, the Columbiana County Medical Society and the American Medical Association.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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