Biography of Dr. Ivan I. Yodar
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

IVAN ISAAC YODER, M. D. Judged by his early training and thorough preparation, his increasing professional duties, his record with the army as a surgeon in the great war, Doctor Yoder commands a place among the men of medicine and surgery in Cleveland.

He was born, December 30, 1875, at Wadsworth, Medina County, Ohio, son of Noah M. and Susan (Overholt) Yoder. His grandparents were Abraham and Elizabeth (No1d) Yoder, natives of Pennsylvania and Mahoning County, Ohio, respectively. Susan Overholt was born at Blake, in Medina County, daughter of Henry and Susan (Markley) Overholt, both representing two old Medina County families. Noah M. Yoder was a native of Mahoning County, was a merchant in Columbiana County in early life and later moved to Medina County, where he followed farming. He served a term as county commissioner of Medina County, and died in 1915, at the age of sixty five. His widow is now living at Wadsworth.

The early environment of Doctor Yoder was his father's farm in Medina County. He attended the local schools of that vicinity, and was on the farm until he was seventeen. Doctor Yoder graduated from the Medina High School in 1897, and by strenuous exertion on his own part acquired a liberal education. His scholastic record is attested by three degrees. He graduated Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1901. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1904 from the Cleveland College of Physicians and Surgeons. In 1915 Ohio Wesleyan awarded him the Master of Arts degree. After graduating from medical school he spent a year as house physician at St. Alexis Hospital in Cleveland, and then took up the real routine of a physician and surgeon and devoted his best energies and talents to his work until the beginning of his service in the World war.

Doctor Yoder volunteered for the medical service, was commissioned a first lieutenant in the Medical Corps August 27, 1917, at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indiana. Later he was commissioned a captain at Camp Taylor, Louisville, Kentucky. He had a special course of instruction as a medical officer at Washington University in St. Louis six weeks, and on August 15, 1918, he sailed with his command from Camp Upton, Long Island, arriving in France September 15. He was detailed for surgical duty at Base Hospital No. 53 at Langres; thence to Chalons sour Marne (Cuprey), where he was captain of a surgical team, then at Hospital No. 5, LaVeure, thence to Hospital No. 18, at St Mihiel, back of the second army. November 20, 1918, he left St. Mihiel for Briey, near Metz, on the eastern boarder of France, and was on duty there until ordered home. All his work in France was in evacuation hospitals. Captain Yoder sailed for the United States in April, 1919, landed at Camp Hill, Virginia, and was mustered out at Camp Sherman, Ohio. He at once returned to Cleveland and resumed his private practice. However, in the same year he took special post graduate work at the Institute of Surgical Technique in Chicago. He is regarded as one of the most accomplished surgeons in the city. Doctor Yoder is a member of the staff of the Lutheran Hospital. He belongs to the Local, State and American Medical associations, and is a member of the Clinical Club. He also belongs to the Civic League, Chamber of Industry, City Club, Halcyon Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, Holy Grail Commandery and Al Koran Shrine, and to the Franklin Methodist Episcopal Church.,

Doctor Yoder married Miss Bertha Zeigler, daughter of Ephraim and Ovilla (Huff) Zeigler, of Seville, Ohio.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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