Biography of Dr. Wayne P. Mecklem
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Wayne Parry Mecklem, M. D. One of the most prominent medical practitioners of Richland County is Doctor Mecklem, of Mansfield, who is a veteran of the World War. He was born at Lucas, Richland County, May 24, 1886, the son of Dr. William S. and Alice C. (Parry) Mecklem.

Dr. William S. Mecklem was a leading physician and surgeon of Mansfield for a number of years. He was born at Beaver Falls, Pa., and received his early education there. He then attended Greentown Academy and was graduated from the School of Medicine, Western Reserve University, Cleveland. Doctor Mecklem was associated in practice for one year with Dr. Boals, of Lucas, Ohio, and then established a private practice at that place. After several years, however, he removed to Mansfield, where he became widely known as a physician. He also served as coroner of Richland County and was a member of the school board. Doctor Mecklem died in July, 1919, and is buried at Mansfield. His widow is a native of Lucas, Ohio. Doctor Mecklem was a Democrat, a member of the Lutheran Church, and belonged to Venus Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 152; Mansfield Chapter, R. A. M., No. 28; Mansfield Council, R. & S. M. M., No. 94; Mansfield Commandery, K. T., No. 21; and Dayton Consistory, 32nd degree. There were two children in the Mecklem family: Wayne Parry, the subject of this sketch; and Nellie B., lives at Mansfield.

The early education of Wayne Parry Mecklem was obtained in the public schools of Lucas and Mansfield and following his graduation from Mansfield High School in 1905 he entered the Cleveland College of Physicians & Surgeons, now Western Reserve University. He received the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1910, spent the following year as a member of the medical staff of the Ohio State Reformatory, and during 1911-12 served as an interne in St. Clair Hospital, Cleveland. He returned to Mansfield in 1912 and became associated in general practice with his father. On Aug. 9, 1917, Doctor Mecklem volunteered for service in the World War and was commissioned a first lieutenant in the Medical Reserve Corps and sent to Fort Benjamin Harrison. He was later transferred to Camp Zachary Taylor, Kentucky, where he was assigned to the 336th Field Hospital, 309th Sanitary Train, 84th Division. Doctor Mecklem went to France with this outfit and was attached to Base Hospital No. 3. Subsequently, he was transferred to Tesee, France, and later with the 10 6th Infantry, 27th Division. He was again transferred to Camp No. 52, at LaMans, France, and then to Mobile Hospital No. 7. He also was on duty in the medical department at the A. E. F. University at Beaune, France, and was discharged from Camp Dix, N. J., in August, 1919. Upon his return to Mansfield at that time Doctor Mecklem resumed his practice at his former location. He removed to his present offices at 82 Park Avenue West in 1920. Doctor Mecklem is physician for the Richland County Children's Home, and a member of the staff of Mansfield General Hospital. He is also identified with the Richland County Medical Society, Ohio State Medical Society, and American Medical Association.

Tn June, 1921, Doctor Mecklem was united in marriage with Miss Edna McClelland Fidler, the daughter of John and Mary Fidler, of Mansfield, both now deceased. For many years Mr. Fidler was connected with the Ohio State Reformatory in an official capacity. To Doctor and Mrs. Mecklem have been born two sons: John Leslie, born Dec. 15, 1922; and David McClellan, born Feb. 25, 1930.

Politically, Doctor Mecklem is a Democrat. He holds membership in St. Luke's Lutheran Church, and has the following lodge affiliations: Venus Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 152; Mansfield Chapter, R. A. M., No. 28; Mansfield Council, R. & S. M. M., No. 94; Mansfield Commandery, K. T., No. 21; Dayton Consistory, 32nd degree; Kosair Temple, Louisville, KY.; Mansfield Scottish Rite Society; Mystic Club; American Legion, McVey Post, No. 16; and Optimist Club.

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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