Biography of Dr. Walter O. Pontius
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





Walter O. Pontius, M. D., who for twelve years has been medical examiner for the Norfolk & Western Railway, with offices at Williamson, West Virginia, is a highly esteemed resident of Columbus. He was born at Tarlton, Ohio, the son of Charles A. and Virginia (Swaney) Pontius.

Charles A. Pontius, a retired farmer, was born at Tarlton, December 27, 1849, and has spent his entire life in that section. His wife, who died January 11, 1908, was the daughter of Rev. William H. and Rebecca Swaney. Both deceased. William H. Swaney was a minister of the German Lutheran Church. There were five children in the Pontius family: Walter O., the subject of this sketch; Leslie L., of Circleville, Ohio; Charles W., Columbus; Edna B., wife of William Arnold, of Newark, Ohio; and Bernice E., wife of Frank Swaney, of Prospect, Ohio.

Walter O. Pontius spent his boyhood on his fathers' farm and attended the district school. After his graduation from Tarlton High School in 1892 he came to Columbus, where he was employed for twelve years in a drug store. In 1905, upon the advice of his employer, he took up the study of medicine and entered Eclectic Medical College, Atlanta, Georgia, from which he received the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1909. He engaged in practice at Cecil, Georgia, for one year, and was then located at Atlanta until 1916, when he spent a year in post graduate work at Cincinnati Eclectic Medical College. In 1917 Doctor Pontius was appointed assistant medical examiner of the Pennsylvania Railroad with offices in Columbus. The following year he accepted his present responsible position as medical examiner of the Norfolk & Western Railway. He has maintained his residence in Columbus and lives at 452 East Rich Street.

On December 31, 1908, Doctor Pontius married Miss Lucy M. Hull, the daughter of Willard J. and Elizabeth A. (Kilts) Hull, of Buffalo, New York. Mr. Hull was for many years a publisher of the "Light of Truth," a religious periodical, which was later transferred to Chicago. Mr. Hull died May 30, 1930, at Norwich, Connecticut. Doctor and Mrs. Pontius have no children.

Politically Doctor Pontius is a Democrat. He is a member of Magnolia Lodge No. 20, Free and Accepted Masons, and Temple Chapter No. 155, R. A. M.

Throughout his life Doctor Pontius has been interested in the collection of Indian relics, of which he has a most extensive assemblage.

From:
History of Franklin County, Ohio
By:Opha Moore
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930


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