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Captain Frances Marion Wall, M. D.

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Captain Frances Marion Wall, M. D.

Posted: 5 Aug 2005 7:13PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Wall, Miars, Schultz, Little, Davis
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 724-726

Among the many citizens of Indiana, who have become distinguished since the opening of the war with Spain, is Captain F. M. Wall, of Warren, surgeon in the United States artillery service, and now located in the Philippine Islands. Captain Wall was born near Warren in Salamonie township, on the 31st day of May, 1853, and is the son of Captain David H. and Eliza (Miars) Wall. The family consists of two sons and two daughters, one of the latter being Laura A., now Mrs. Schultz, of Ashville, North Carolina; the other Mrs. Eliza Little, of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The fourth member of the family, John Wall, is well-known to the citizens of Warren.

The boyhood of Francis was passed upon the farm, until after attaining the age of twelve, although his father had died two years previous to that time. At the age of seventeen, young Wall began to teach, having already shown great aptitude in mathematics and other kindred branches. The following seven years were devoted mainly to the school room, and, during that time, his energies were entirely centered upon the work he had in hand, every effort being excercise (sic) that would better fit him for his occupation. Not wishing to devote his life to the profession of teaching and having an inclination toward the art of healing, he began to read medicine with Dr. Whitson, of Jonesboro, later becoming a student of Dr. Jones, of Marion. His medical education was rounded out by a course at the Ohio Medical College at Cincinnati, from which institution he was graduated in the class of 1879. He entered upon a general practice at Legro, Wabash county, Indiana, returning to Warren after taking a post-graduate course, in 1888, in the Kentucky School of Medicine at Louisville.

The relation that always existed between mother and son had ever been of a cordial character, and she having become a resident of Warren, he acceded to her request to make that his home. For five years he was associated with Dr. C. H. Good, but was alone in the practice of his profession at the time of his enlistment, serving part of the time on the United States Pension Examining Board under the McKinley Administration. Dr. Wall enjoys the reputation of being one of the most patriotic citizens of the country. Decided in his views on all matters touching our national honor, and ever ready to render personal service when the same is assailed, he tendered his services by telegraph as soon as war was declared against Spain. On the 21st of July, 1900, he enlisted, was appointed assistant surgeon, and was sent to Camp Presidio, California, the rendezvous, until he was forwarded in company with sixteen other surgeons to the Phillippines on the transport City of Pekin. Upon landing at Manila he was sent in response to a hurried call for surgeons, to the front, and was soon placed in charge of a hospital at Santa-Roses. From that time he was constantly in field and hospital service, his later work being surgeon to the hospital at Binan, southern Luzon, where many natives as well as soldiers were cared for.

The history of the campaigns in which he was a factor would embody many exciting incidents not necessary to consider in a work of this nature. He cheerfully assumed the responsibility of a military surgeon, and readily adapted himself to a life incident to war; while the relations ever borne toward civilians, soldiers and officials emphasized the esteem in which he was already held by all who knew him. The surgeon in chief, especially, placed great confidence in his capacity and executive ability, placing him in positions requiring the constant exercise of skill, training and professional acumen.

Captain Wall was married at Cincinnati, Ohio, October 21, 1879, to Miss Laura B. Smith, daughter of Andrew and Eliza (Davis) Smith, he being a former shoedealer of the city, where Laura was born and reared. Mrs. Wall is a lady of culture and refinement of tastes, the professional ambition of her husband finding in her a hearty second. She is foremost in all that pertains to local society, whether in church, literary or social movements.

Captain Wall is one of the most popular citizens of Warren, every effort toward the advancement of the community finding in him an earnest advocate and warm supporter. He is a member of the District Medical Society as well as of the National Medical Association. His relation to the profession in general is that of the progressive investigator and advanced practitioner. He is an active member of various fraternities including the Odd Fellows, the Knights of the Maccabees and of the Woodmen. He has taken an active interest in sports of all kinds, his love for a fast horse being proverbial; while in the field he spent his time in all the positions that a physician and surgeon is capable of taking charge, including the artillery, cavalry, infantry, on the field, in the different hospitals, at the front, and knows all the hardships of a soldier's life--swimming rivers, on the march and undergoing all the dangers of the field of battle while in the discharge of his duties.

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