Biography of Major Melvin L. Battles
North Central Ohio Biographies

Major Melvin L. Battles, M. D. One of the outstanding figures in professional circles in Huron County is Doctor Battles, of Norwalk, who is a veteran of the World War. He was born at South Euclid, Ohio, March 2, 1879, the son of Orlin T. and Sabra (Covert) Battles.

Orlin T. Battles, who lives retired at St. Petersburg, Florida, is a native of Ohio. Both he and his wife were born at Mayfield, and.for many years Mr. Battles was a widely known fruit farmer of that section. He is a Republican, a member of the Methodist Church and belongs to the Knights of Pythias. His wife died in 1923 and is buried at Chardon, Ohio. Their children were: 1. Dr. Charles E., physician, lives at Cleveland. 2. Melvin L., the subject of this sketch. 3. Lulu M., who died in 1930, was the wife of Clark Oesch, who lives at Green Cove Springs, Fla. 4. Dr. Orlin T., dentist, lives at Willoughby, Ohio. 5. Charlotte M., married E. H. Tinkelpaugh, lives at Youngstown, Ohio. 6. Frances M., a graduate of Ohio State University and the University of Illinois, librarian, Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.

Melvin L. Battles attended the public schools of South Euclid and took his collegiate work at Mt. Union College. He was graduated from the Cleveland Medical College in 1904 and engaged in the practice of his profession at Franklin, Pa., from 1904 until 1910. The following six years were spent at Greenwich and Olena, Huron County, and in 1915 Doctor Battles established his present practice in Norwalk. At the outbreak of the World War he enlisted for service and was commissioned as first lieutenant in the U. S. Medical Corps. He served during the war period at Camp Custer, Mich., and was discharged Jan. 25, 1919. Doctor Battles received the commission of captain in the Medical Corps, 145th Infantry, on July 23, 1927, and on May 16, 1929, was promoted to the rank of major, U. S. Medical and Staff Officers Corps, attached to 112th Engineers at Cleveland, acting as regimental surgeon. He holds a dual commission, being major in the Ohio National Guard and U. S. Reserve Corps.

In 1903 Doctor Battles married Miss Edna T. Grimes, a graduate of Mt. Union College, and the daughter of Rev. Mr. C. and Mary E. (Tipton) Grimes. Reverend Grimes, a retired minister of the Methodist Church, lives at Norwalk. He was born in Belmont County, Ohio, and his wife is a native of Caldwell, Ohio. To Doctor and Mrs. Battles were born four children: 1. Edwin, a graduate of Norwalk High School, student at Ohio State University, and Mt. Union College, now attends the New York Homeopathic College. He married Miss Frances Huffman, and they have a daughter, Ellen D. 2. Mary Elizabeth, a graduate of Norwalk High School and Ohio University, married Arthur Boyles, lives at Norwalk. 3. Melvin L., Jr. 4. Thomas E. Both attend Norwalk High School.

Doctor Battles is identified with the Huron County Medical Society, Ohio State Medical Society, American Institute of Homeopathy, and is chairman of the National Bureau of Public Health. He is a Republican and has served as coroner of Venango County, Pa. He holds membership in the Methodist Church and has the following lodge affiliations: Townsend Lodge, F. & A. M.; Huron Chapter, R. A. M., No. 7; Norwalk Council, R. & S. M., No. 24; Norwalk Commandery, K. T., No. 18; B. P. O. Elks, No. 730, Past Exalted Ruler; F. O. Eagles, No. 711; and Cleveland Chapter, No. 23, National Sojourner. He is also a member of the Association of Military Surgeons of the U. S. and a member of the American Legion, 40 and 8 Society, and is past commander of Ken-Bur-Bell Post No. 41.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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