Biography of Dr. Mounce E. Byrd
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Mounce E. Byrd, M. D. Numbered among the highly successful professional men of Huron County is Doctor Byrd, who has engaged in the practice of medicine at North Fairfield since 1927. He was born in Jay County, Ind., Aug. 2, 1884, the son of George W. and Lily (Beacham) Byrd.

The Byrd family is directly descended from the famous Byrd family, of the Shenandoah Valley, and four brothers of George W. Byrd, father of the subject of this sketch, served throughout the Civil War.

George W. Byrd was a native of Green County, Ohio. He received his education in the public schools of Dayton where he spent a number of years following his trade of a machinist. Later he was identified with the Park Theatre, of Dayton, as stage manager. He was thus identified with numerous other theatres throughout Ohio. Mr. Byrd died at Zenia, Ohio, in 1910. His widow lives at North Fairfield. He was a Democrat and held membership in the Methodist Church. To Mr. and Mrs. Byrd were born three children: Florence May, who died in infancy; Mounce E., the subject of this sketch; and George C., who lives in New York City.

The early education of Mounce E. Byrd was received in the public schools of Middletown, Ohio. He spent two years in the preparatory school of Prof. Lyman J. Fisher, and later attended Bethany College in West Virginia. He received the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1910 at the Pulte Medical College, Cincinnati, which is now identified with the College of Medicine, Ohio State University. He was then appointed resident physician at the Mansfield Reformatory, in which capacity he served for 18 months. Altogether Dr. Byrd spent eight years in state work, being connected during this time with the Cleveland State Hospital, Ohio State Hospital for the Criminal Insane, at Lima, Dayton Soldiers' Home, and the Massillon State Hospital for the Insane. During 1923-24 he was connected with the Pennsylvania State Hospital at Allentown, Pa. He engaged in the private practice of medicine at Port William, Clinton County, Ohio, in 1924, and two years later established a joint practice at Burbank and Lodi. Since 1927 Doctor Byrd has been located at North Fairfield, having at that time succeeded to the practice of Dr. L. L. Jones. He is a member of the staff of the Willard Hospital and is identified with the Huron County, Ohio State, and American Medical associations.

In 1923 Dr. Byrd was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Bicknell, of Columbus. She has been a teacher in the public schools of Columbus for the past 20 years and is now principal of the McGuffey School in that city. She is the daughter of Oliver and Susan (Campbell) Bicknell, who were natives of Massachusetts and early settlers of Columbus. The former died in 1900 and the latter in 1903. Both are buried in Columbus. Doctor and Mrs. Byrd have an adopted daughter, Elizabeth Ann Byrd, born in 1921.

Doctor Byrd is a Democrat and belongs to Beta Theta Pi and Alpha Sigma fraternities.

From:
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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