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Joseph A. UTTER

1881 H.W. Beckwith History of Montgomery County, Indiana (Chicago - p 553)

 Joseph A. UTTER, physician, Shannonda1e, is a native of Montgomery County, Indiana born near Ladoga, in Clark township, on February 14, 1847. His parents, Abraham and Lettia (SWANK) Utter, were both early arrivals in Montgomery County. The former was born in New Jersey, and settled in Ladoga about 1830, and traveled over most of the County in his capacity as a pioneer Methodist minister, and also as one of the early school teachers. He was long resident in the Black creek neighborhood, in Union township, and also was engaged in educating the young pioneers in Coal Creek township. The subject of this biography received his primary education at the district school, and at Danville Academy. In 1867 he began to read medicine with Dr. J. S. MCCLELLAN, of Crawfordsville, and attended lectures at Miami Medical College, Cincinnati. He began the practice of medicine in the spring of 1870, following the allapathic system of treatment for three years, at the end of which period he embraced homeopathy. He was engaged on the staff at the Homeopathic Dispensary at Cincinnati for some time, and on March 4, 1880, graduated from Pulte Medical Homeopathic College in the same city. The doctor began practice at Frankfort, Indiana, removing to Pleasant Hill after a year's residence. Here he remained about eighteen months, and then took up his residence in Crawfordsville for two years. On leaving the latter city he settled in Rankin, Illinois, for a short time, then removed to Sugar Grove, Tippecanoe County, from which place he came to Shannondale in 1874, where he is now engaged in attending to his large and constantly increasing practice, which he has built up by his own talent and professional skill. He has been three times married: first on November 21, 1867, to Miss Evelyn S. MITCHELL ; the second time on November 3, 1875, to Miss Virginia A. SEAL, and to his present wife, Miss Flora M. FRAZER, in Cedarville, Ohio, October 18, 1877. He has a family of four children: Charles Franklin, born November 11, 1868; Carrie Adeline, March 18, 1870; Walker Seal, January 25, 1877; and Alnetta Florence, born January 5, 1878. Dr. Utter is a member of the Presbyterian Church, and as a man and physician stands high in the regard and estimation of the people.
Source: Zach, Karen Bazzani.  Montgomery Medicine Men... Crawfordsville, Indiana: MCHS, 2002.

Born February 14, 1847 in lower Montgomery County (near Raccoon), Dr. Utter's father was a Methodist minister. Joseph was the oldest child of Abraham and Lettie (Swank) Utter, received a common school education, then read medicine with Dr. James McClelland,later attending College at Normal School in Danville, Indiana, eventually graduating from Ohio Medical School in Cincinnati.  He also attended Pulte Medical School in Crawfordsville.  November 20, 1867, he married Eva Mitchell, their children being Charles and Carrie. His second marriage was to Virginia Seal and they had two children, as well: Hettie and Walker Seal Utter.  He married a third time to Flora Frazier. Joe set-up practice in Shannondale in 1874, then practiced in Xenia, Ohio for some time.  He practiced in Frankfort, Sugar Grove, Pleasant HIll in Indiana, as well as Ranklin, Illinois before returning in February 1895, having been met by many old acquaintances quite happy to have him back home again in Indiana.  At one time,  he was on the staff at Homepathic Dispensary at Cincinnati.  It is said that he was a physician of great ability, but himself suffered from heart disease for several years, passing away on August 19, 194.  He ws laid to rest in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Joseph A. Utter was born in 1847 and died in 1914. He read medicine with Dr. James McClelland and attended lectures at Miami University, Cincinnati. He began practicing in 1870. He came to Shannondale in 1874, and in 1880, graduated from the Plute Homeopathic College.
Utter, Joseph A.
Schools attended: Pulte Medical College, Homeopathic
Year Medical Grad or Attendance: 1880
County: Boone(Thorntown-1886 / Lebanon / Zionsville) / Montgomery(Crawfordsville)
Med. Reg./Exam.: 10.26.97
Sources: P1886, Indiana State Board of Health 1882, 1884
Record# 15041 in database 19th Indiana Century Physicians
Source: Crawfordsville Daily News-Review 24 Sept 1902 p 1

Dr. J.A. Utter has been granted a patent on his metallic fence post.
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