Biography of Dr. George W. Mehl
North Central Ohio Biographies

George W. Mehl, M. D., a capable physician and surgeon of Ashland, who is engaged in the practice of his profession at 210-218 Cleveland Avenue, is a native of France. He was born at Strassburg, Alsace Lorraine, July 29, 1866, and is the son of Victor and Sophia Mehl.

Victor Mehl and his wife were both natives of France. He was educated at the University of Strassburg, and University of Berlin, and served for many years as state commissioner. During the War of 1870 he received an award from the French government for the manner in which he took care of the bodies of the French and German soldiers. He died in 1915, and his wife died in 1896. They are buried at Strassburg. Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. MehI, of whom George W. is the sole survivor. Three of his brothers were killed while serving in the German army during the World War.

George W. Mehl was reared until the age of 15 in Alsace Lorraine, attended the high school and had one year at the Strassburg University. He came to the United States in 1881 and settled near Hayesville, Ohio. He worked on a farm, attended the rural schools, and Vermilion Institute. He then attended Baldwin Wallace College, at Berea, Ohio, where he was graduated in 1898 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. He served during the Spanish American War in Company D, Fifth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, being commissary sergeant of the company. He was stationed in Florida during the war and after his discharge returned to Ohio. In the fall of 1898 he was elected superintendent of schools of Logan County, in which capacity he served for two years. He then entered the Medical School of Ohio State University, at Columbus, and completed his medical course in that excellent institution in 1904. He located for practice at Ashland, with offices on West Main Street, later removing to Second Street where he remained until 1907, at which time he erected a house and office at 210-218 Cleveland Avenue, where he has since been located.

Doctor Mehl was married Oct. 11, 1898, to Orpha A. Glenn, of near Jeromesville, Ohio, a daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Craig) Glenn. He was born near Jeromesville, where he was engaged in farming. He died in 1900. His wife, who was born near Hayesville, Ohio, died in 1920. To Doctor and Mrs. Mehi two children were born: 1. Glenna Gertrude, born Dec. 25, 1899, at Bellefountain, Ohio, is a graduate of Ashland High School, class of 1919, and of Ashland College, with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1925. She is employed in her father's office. 2. Robert Thomas, born in Ashland, in 1907, graduated from high school in 1924, from Ashland College in 1928, spent one year at Brown University, Providence, R. I., in post graduate work, now attends the Medical School, Ohio State University.

Doctor Mehl is a member of the Ashland County Medical Society, the Ohio State Medical Society, and a Fellow of the American Medical Association. He is a prominent member of the Free and Accepted Masons, including Ashland Lodge, Chapter, Council, Mansfield Commandery, Scioto Consistory, Columbus, and Cleveland Shrine; a life member of the Loyal Order of Moose; Ashland Country Club; and Camp No. 59, Charles F. Miller Post, United Spanish American War Veterans. Doctor Mehi has been examiner for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company since 1904, and for two years served as health commissioner of Ashland. He and his wife and family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Politically he is a Republican.

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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