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George H. McLin, M. D

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George H. McLin, M. D

Posted: 2 Jul 2006 10:43PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: McLin, Gage, Jackson & Simons
"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 549-50

George H. McLin, M. D. A graduate in medicine forty-five years ago, Dr. McLin has been in continuous practice in Huntington since 1880. Well known to the medical profession, a man of unusual experience, world traveled, he has also been successful in business affairs, and is one of the prominent men of Huntington county.

George H. McLin was born in the city of Kalamazoo, Michigan, June 4, 1843, the oldest son of Jacob and Adelia (Gage) McLin. His father was one of the pioneer settlers in Kalamazoo, locating there in 1829, when there was no city and when the development of Kalamazoo county had barely begun. He was one of the early farmers, and was identified with the promotion of several local industries which contributed to the founding and development of Kalamazoo as a business center. Dr. McLin’s grandfather was Thomas McLin, who was born in the city of Nashville, Tennessee, and from there moved to Michigan. His father, John McLin, during early life was a sea captain, and was a friend of Andrew Jackson and other noted Tennesseeans. Grandfather Thomas McLin married Hannah Jackson, a niece of Andrew Jackson, and her father was a Quaker preacher. Jacob McLin, who had long been prominent at Kalamazoo and was several times honored with official positions, died in Huntington January 14, 1909, and his wife passed away eleven days later.

Dr. George H. McLin grew up in Kalamazoo, attended the local schools, and later began the reading of medicine with Dr. Lyon, now deceased, subsequently with Dr. Longbottom of Kalamazoo, and then with Dr. Weyburn of Kalamazoo. In order to complete his medical studies he entered the Cleveland Medical College, where he was graduated M. D. in 1867. Few members of the profession have spent so much time in the great centers of medical learning. Dr. McLin was for three years a student in Europe, principally at Edinburgh, London and Paris. He is a graduate of four American colleges, having degrees from the Occidental College in Cleveland; the Hahnemann College of Philadelphia, also under the auspices of the University of Pennsylvania; the Jefferson College of Philadelphia, with experience at Blockley Hospital of that city; and also the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Philadelphia.

His practice as a physician began at Buchanan, Michigan, and he left that community in 1878, practicing in Detroit for a short time. Owing to ill health he was retired from his profession about two years, and in 1880 located at Huntington, Indiana. Dr. McLin had enjoyed a large general practice, but has not depended entirely upon his practice for his material success. He possesses an inventive mind, has done much experimental work in his laboratory, and has compounded medicines which are practical and valuable contributions to the pharmacopoeia. A few years ago he originated a popular drink called Kolatona, and this has a large sale. He also prepares an antiseptic, known as McLin’s New Antiseptic, and formerly called the Oil Radium, a preparation which is very generally used by both the profession and the laity. Among other interests Dr. McLin is the owner of some seven hundred acres of land in Benzie county of northern Michigan. He has spent a good deal of time in developing and cultivation of this place, where he makes a specialty in the raising of potatoes, beans and fruit, and has a splendid new orchard started. Dr. McLin is also the originator of the pepsin oatmeal, an especially palatable breakfast food, the first on the market.

Dr. McLin has traveled extensively, and while in Edinburgh, Scotland, took his degrees as a Mason in Kilwinning Lodge No. 2 of St. John. He is also affiliated with the Knights of Pythias and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He has been married three times. His two living children are Evangeline, wife of William Christman, of Wabash, Indiana; and DeForest, a student at Winona Academy. He also has a granddaughter, Mrs. Bessie Williams, of New Richmond, Wis., and a grandson, Glenn Bourdon, of Des Moines, Iowa. The present Mrs. McLin before her marriage was Miss Hadassah A. Simons. Dr. McLin is widely known, being a man of unusual social qualities, and with his business interests in different states has a wide acquaintance as well as much prominence in his home locality.

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