Biography of Dr. G. J. C. Wintermute
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies

G. J. C. WINTERMUTE, M. D., who stands in the front rank among the medical men of Mercer County, has been a resident of Celina since 188o. He was born in Licking County, Ohio, July 22, 1841, and is a son of Arason and Tirenda (Wayland) Wintermute.

Arason Wintermute was born January 10, 1809, in the State of Pennsylvania, and came to Ohio with his parents, who were among. the early pioneers of Muskingum County. Arason grew to manhood in that county and in 1828 was married to Virenda Wayland, who was born March 22, 1807, in Madison County, Virginia, her parents being early settlers of Muskingum County, Ohio. Four years after his marriage, Arason Wintermute and family moved to Licking County, where they became respected and useful members of society. The mother died September 2, 1883, and the father, October 17, 1889. A strange coincidence about their last days was that each, after a visit at Celina, fell ill on the way home, at Columbus, and each died at the home of a daughter in Licking County. Of their 12 Children, seven still survive.

The subject of this sketch grew up on his father's farm and had the usual country school education. In 1860 he entered. Ohio Wesleyan University, at Delaware, having earned the money to take this course by teaching school, but he remained only until the spring of 1862, when, with other students, he enlisted in the Union Army, entering Company C, 86th Reg., Ohio Vol. Inf. He served from May 25 until September 27, 1862, during this period performing faithfully the duties demanded of a soldier. On April 15, 1863, he was given a position in the commissary department, connected with the railroad service, with headquarters at Nashville, and remained in the South until October, 1865.

After a period spent at home, he decided to try farming and in the spring of 1866 went to Howard County, Missouri, to try the experiment, remaining there until the fall of 1870, when he became a partner and business manager in a mercantile enterprise in the vicinity. During the two years in which he managed the store, he had access to the medical library of his partner; who was a physician, and thus he first became interested in medicine. Fortunately his partner and preceptor was a man of thorough knowledge and by 1874 the young man was ready to take his first course of lectures, which he did in the Missouri Medical College, at St. Louis. In 1875 he was graduated in medicine and surgery at the Cincinnati Medical College. In 1892 he took a postgraduate course at the New York Post Graduate College.

After becoming a physician, Dr. Vinterrnute lost interest in his agricultural pursuits and, after selling his farm in 1876, went East, visiting the Centennial Exposition at Philadelphia, on this trip, and finally located for practice at Lewis Center, Delaware County, Ohio, in August of that year. He continued to practice there until 1880 and then settled at London, Madison County, but soon recognized the superior advantages offered at Celina, and on November 10, 1880, established himself here. Dr. Wintermute made no mistake in doing so, for his ability and skill were soon recognized and he now is in the enjoyment of a large and lucrative practice and possesses the confidence and esteem of the community. From 1894 to 1901 he was in partnership with Dr. J. E. Hattery under the firm name of Wintermute & Hattery. Dr. Wintermute is now serving as coroner of Mercer County:

On October 5; 1880, Dr. Wintermute was married at Covington, Kentucky, to Mary Ella Darrah, who was born September 4, 1862, near Hannibal, Missouri. Dr. and Mrs. Wintermute have four children, namely: Georgia Ray, born July 20, 1883, who took a special course in: the Ohio Wesleyan University at Delaware, and is the wife of Dr. F. M. Hellwarth, of Van Wert, Ohio; Leta Virenda, born October 18, 1885, who also took a special course at the Ohio Wesleyan University at Delaware; Kathryn Lawson, born February 8, 1888, who is a graduate of the Celina High School; and Anielka Louise, born June to, 1897. Mrs. Hellwarth has a decided talent for painting, and has some beautiful pieces of hand painted china that she has exhibited at fairs. Dr. Wintermute and family have a beautiful home on the corner of Main and Anthony streets, Celina.

Dr. Wintermute is interested, in all bodies of a scientific nature and belongs to the Mercer County Medical Society, the Northwestern Ohio Medical Association and the American Medical Association. His fraternal relations include the Masons and the Knights of Pythias. In the Masonic order he has taken advanced degrees, being a 32nd degree Mason in the Scottish rite, and a Knight Templar, in the York rite. He belongs to St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church of Celina.

History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois

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