FRANK JAUH KERN, M. D. The medical profession of the City of Cleveland, Ohio, has long been accounted an eminent
scientific body, and this reputation was in no way lessened when its ranks were opened to admit, in 1913, a youthful
general practitioner in the person of Dr. Frank Jauh Kern, who had already become widely known in the field of
journalism, and who since then has become a leader in scientific research.
Doctor Kern was born at Skofja, Jugoslavia, March 18, 1887. His parents, Frank and Mary Kern, spent their entire
lives in their native land, respected and worthy people in every relation of life and faithful members of the Catholic
In the common schools of his native land Doctor Kern had the usual educational privileges, and later very superior
ones in the gymnasium at Krainburg, Germany, where he spent six years. He early cherished an ambition to come to
the United States, and in 1903 circumstances made this possible. He made his way to St. Paul, Minnesota, where
he entered St. Paul's Seminary, and there for three years he was a student of philosophy and theology under the
jurisdiction of that eminent and highly honored prelate, the late Archbishop Ireland, who was not only reverenced
and beloved by the Roman Catholic Church, but by the country at large. Doctor Kern in his sociological studies
came under the preceptorship at St. Pauls of Rev. John A. Ryan, who is now a member of the faculty of the Catholic
University at Washington, District of Columbia.
In 1906 the young collegian came to Cleveland to become assistant editor of The Nova Domovina, a Slovenian newspaper,
but later accepted the editorship of The Glasnik, a Slovenian newspaper at Calumet, Michigan. In 1907 he returned
to Cleveland as manager of The Glasnik, and in 1908 he entered Western Reserve University Medical School, from
which he was graduated in 1912 with his medical degree, a most worthy achievement reflecting great credit upon
his studious habits. He served for a time as an interne in Charity Hospital, Cleveland, and then entered into general
medical practice, and has become well known in this field in city and county to the general public, and deeply
interesting to his brother practitioners here and elsewhere because of his scientific investigations. Doctor Kern
is a pioneer in the use of ultra violet ray therapy in Ohio, and his learned article entitlçd "Actino
Therapy in General Practice: with Case Histories," which appeared in the Ohio State Medical Journal in April,
1922, met with medical approval and opened up much interesting and scientifically valuable discussion.
Doctor Kern married, at Calumet, Michigan, Miss Agnes Wertin, who was born at Calumet and is a daughter of Matthias
Wertin, who came from Europe to the United States in 1864 and became a pioneer in the copper region of Michigan.
Doctor and Mrs. Kern have three children, Francis, Edward and Ella, aged respectively, nine, eight and six years.
Doctor Kern is a member of the Cleveland Academy of Medicine, the Ohio State Medical Association, and the American
Medical Association. He is supreme medical examiner for the largest Slovenian Benefit Society in the world, at
Chicago, Illinois, which has a membership that numbers 35,000. In addition to his other work and study Doctor Kern
is an author and compiler, and his English Slovene Dictionary, issued in 1919, is a comprehensive work and the
only complete one of its kind ever published. He is not only held in. great respect professionally, but is much
esteemed personally, an educated, courteous gentleman, never forgetful of his native land, but appreciative of
the blessings of his adopted country.
A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924
Cuyahoga County, Ohio Biographies
Names A to G
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