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John R. Hood, M. D. The village of Indiahoma, Comanche County, figures as the professional headquarters and place of residence of Dr. John Robert Hood, who has built up a substantial practice in this county and is one of the honored and progressive citizens of his home village.
Doctor Hood was born at Columbia, Adair County, Kentucky, on January 1, 1870, and he is a scion not only of a pioneer family in the fine old Bluegrass State, but also of one that was founded in the historic Old Dominion Commonwealth of Virginia prior to the war of the Revolution, the lineage tracing back to staunch German origin and the original orthography of the name having been Hutt. Adair County, Kentucky, figures also as the place of nativity of the parents of Doctor Hood, who is a son of Joseph and Frances (Waggoner) Hood, both of whom there passed their entire lives, the mother having been summoned to eternal rest in 1898 and her birth having occurred in 1833; the father was born in 1835 and during his entire active career he was closely identified with the agricultural and live-stock industries in his native county, where his death occurred in 1905. Joseph Hood was a gallant soldier of the Union during three years of the Civil war, having been a member of a Kentucky regiment of volunteer infantry and having participated in many engagements. At the battle of Lost Mountain he received a severe grape-shot wound under the left eye, and from the effects of this injury he continued to suffer to a greater or less degree until the close of his long and worthy life. He was a stalwart adherent of the democratic party and was affiliated with the Masonic fraternity and the Grand Army of the Republic. Both he and his wife were consistent members of the Methodist Church, South. Concerning the children the following brief record is entered: Maria is the wife of John Riall, a farmer in Adair County, Kentucky; Susan is the wife of John Bault, a farmer at Cane Valley, that state; Joellen is the widow of George Harden and resides at Elkhorn, Kentucky; Eliphalet is a substantial farmer near Monroe, Kentucky; Dr. John R. of this review was the next in order of birth: Mary is the wife of William Burkhead a prosperous farmer near Grandfield, Tillman County, Oklahoma.
In the public schools of Columbia, Kentucky, Dr. Hood continued his studies until his graduation in the high school, as a member of the class of 1892. Thereafter he gave his attention to teaching school and to attending the Hospital College of Medicine in the City of Louisville until his graduation in that institution, in 1897, with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. He continued in the practice of his profession in his native state until 1900, when he came to Oklahoma Territory and established his residence at Carrier, Garfield County, where he continued his professional activities until the autumn of 1902, when he removed to his farm, seven miles south of Indiahoma, where he continued in practice until 1912, in the meanwhile giving his supervision to the improvement and general operation of his farm, which he still owns and which he had developed into a valuable property. In 1912 the doctor removed from his rural home to the village of Indiahoma, where he is the only resident physician and surgeon and where he controls a largo and representative practice which extends throughout the wide area of country normally tributary to the village. Dr. Hood is actively identified with the Comanche County Medical Society and the Oklahoma State Medical Society, besides holding membership in the American Medical Association. In a fraternal way he is affiliated with the Modern Woodmen of America, the Woodmen of the World and the Independent Order of Oddfellows, being medical examiner for the local organization of both the former in his home town. Both he and his wife are zealous members of the Christian Church at Indiahoma and he is serving as a deacon of the same. . His political fealty has never been deflected from the democratic party and as a citizen he is progressive and liberal. He has served as deputy health officer of Comanche County, and prior to his removal from his native state he had held the position of assistant health officer of Casey County, Kentucky.
At Casey Creek, Kentucky, on the 22d of Decemher, 1896, was solemnized the marriage of Dr. Hood to Miss Minnie McWhorter, daughter of Charles B. McWhorter, who is now a successful agriculturist in Tillman County, Oklahoma. Doctor and Mrs. Hood have four children: Nina, Bernice, Robert and Edwin, all of whom are attending the public schools in their home village with the exception of the youngest.