A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN
EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY,
EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M.
Curator of the
Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc.
Chicago and New York
GEORGE MCCULLOCH. The respect and esteem paid to Dr. George McCulloch, of
Humeston, is readily understood when it is recalled that he has been a
physician and surgeon in that community for fifty-seven years. He did all the work
of a pioneer country doctor, and has also responded to the modern demands
upon his professional skill. He has gone steadily about his work through all
the years, and is a wonderful example of the family practitioner and he ranks
as one of the oldest practicing physicians in Southern Iowa.
Doctor McCulloch was born in Holmes County, Ohio, October 24, 1848. He is a
son of Joseph and Nancy (Miller) McCulloch. The McCulloch family came
originally from Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Joseph McCulloch, was an Ohio
farmer, and managed his business affairs very successfully. In 1856 he came out
to Iowa and bought 800 acres of land from the Government at $1.25 an acre.
This was an investment, and while he held the land he never made his home in
this state. Four hundred acres of this tract is still in the family, the
possession of Doctor McCulloch, who has the patent to the tract signed by
President Franklin Pierce. Doctor McCulloch through all the years of his
professional work has been interested in land and agriculture, and his farm, two miles
southwest of Humeston, has afforded an opportunity for his son, a scientific
agriculturist, to work out his plans. It is one of the model farms of Wayne
Dr. George McCulloch grew up in Holmes County, Ohio, attended school at
Millersburg and Haysville, and when a young man came out to Iowa, partly because
of his father's landed investments here. While at Brooklyn he worked in a
drug store and began the study of medicine with E. Rayburn. In the fall of
1871 he entered Rush Medical College of Chicago, and was graduated from that
institution in 1873. Doctor McCulloch was in Chicago at the time of the great
fire which started in October, 1871.
With his medical diploma he returned to Iowa and in the same year began his
professional career at Humeston. For many years he had a large practice that
taxed his full strength and energy to attend to it. Along with his medical
practice he has been interested in business and public affairs. Including the
land originally acquired by his father he owns about 1,700 acres of Iowa
farming land. In business he has always been conservation, and he takes
considerable pride in the fact that he never signed a mortgage for all his extensive
land ownership. Since 1880 he has been engaged in banking at Humeston and
is now president of the Citizens State Bank of that town. He is local surgeon
for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railway.
Doctor McCulloch has for many years been a leader in the Republican
organization of his county. He has been a member of the Humeston City Council and
for several terms was a faithful legislator. He was a member of the House of
Representatives in the Nineteenth, Assembly, this being the last session held
in the old capitol building in 1882. A number of years later he was elected
to the House, serving in the Thirtieth and Thirty-first sessions, and was a
member of the State Senate in the Thirty-third and Thirty-fourth Assemblies.
Doctor McCulloch has for fifty-seven years been a member of the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows, and his Masonic membership covers a period of
forty-eight years. His many interests and activities have probably done much to prolong
his life and keep his interests keen, so that at the age of eighty-one he is
younger in attitude than many men a score of years his junior.
Doctor McCulloch married in 1880 Miss Druscilla Maxwell, of Holmes County,
Ohio. She died at Humeston in March, 1929, when they had been married nearly
half a century.
Doctor McCulloch's son, Milan E. McCulloch, is an Iowa authority on
agricultural science. He graduated from the Iowa State College at Ames, and is also
a graduate of the Chicago Law School. He has won numerous honors in
agriculture, particularly as a soil specialist, and has served as soil inspector of
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