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Dr. William McIlwain is one of the pioneer physicians and surgeons of Lone Wolf. He came here in 1901 when the town was in its infancy and has been established here since that time, with offices in the Hartson Pharmacy on Main Street, corner of Rock Island Avenue.
Dr. McIlwain is a native son of Indiana, born in Laurel, Franklin County, on March 4, 1858, and he is a son of Charles and Susan (McGlynn) McIlwain, both natives of Scotland.
Charles McIlwain was born in the year 1798. He came to America before he married and settled in Penn, Ohio, where’ he carried on contracting. He moved about a good deal, but eventually settled in Laurel, Indiana, and in 1861 he moved to Fort Recovery, Mercer County, Ohio, later going to Kansas and locating in Wilson County, near Fredonia. This was in 1870, and he was occupied in farming while living in Kansas. He died there in 1881, two years after the death of his Wife and the mother of his family of fourteen children. She was born in Scotland in 1834 and was but forty-five years old when she died. The four eldest children, John, Andrew, Margaret and George, are deceased. Charles is a farmer near Lone Wolf. The eighth born was William of this review. Martha, Margaret and Isabel are deceased. Elizabeth married John Stuart, a farmer, who died, and she lives at Lone Wolf. Marie married E. A. Hackett, and they live in Kansas City, Missouri. Catherine, the youngest, died in 1900.
William McIlwain as a boy attended the country schools near Fort Recovery, Ohio, where the family moved when he was three years old. He later attended school in Wilson County, Kansas, while they lived near Fredonia. Ho was a farmer’s son and he led the life of the farm until he was twenty-one, getting such education as came his way, and when he left the farm he began teaching in the schools of Wilson County, which occupied him for three years. He then took a two years’ course in the Manhattan Agricultural College of Kansas, after which he taught for nine years longer in Riley County schools. During the last five years he held a principalship. In 1895 he decided on a medical training and he accordingly entered the medical department of University of Missouri in that year. Three years later he was graduated with the degree M. D. Dr. McIlwain was first engaged in practice in Wabaunsee County, Kansas. He remained there until in early 1901, when he came to Oklahoma and settled in Lone Wolf. He has a substantial practice here and many staunch friends in the community.
Dr. McIlwain is a democrat. His fraternal affiliations are numerous, including the Masons, Odd Fellows, Modern Woodmen, Woodmen of the World and the Royal Neighbors. In the Masonic Order he has membership in Lone Wolf Lodge No. 371, A. F. & A. M., and Hobart Chapter, R. A. M. He is Past Grand of Lone Wolf Lodge of the Odd Fellows, and has held other fraternal offices indicating his standing among his brothers. He is a member of the American Medical Society and the county and the state medical societies. Doctor McIlwain is unmarried.