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William S. Corbin, D. O. Having long since passed the experimental stage, osteopathy, which rests upon the theory that most of the diseases and ailments of mankind are traceable to some subluxation of some part of the skeleton, or to pressure, obstructing some of the vital fluids and forces of the body, has become a sane and widely recognized factor in the lessening of human suffering. Thorough training in his profession and eighteen years of practice have made William S. Corbin, D. O., one of the leading practitioners of osteopathy in Oklahoma, and as he is the only regularly practicing osteopath at Chickasha he enjoys a representative and lucrative practice. He is also part and parcel of the commercial and industrial life of the city, being a member of the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma National Bank of the Chickasha Ice and Cold Storage Company, and his influence has always been exerted in behalf of the development of the social, educational and commercial life of the community.
Doctor Corbin was born in Adair County, Missouri, May 23, 1874, and is a son of Newton and Mary Ellen (Holloway) Corbin, who now live at Kirksville, Missouri, aged respectively seventy and sixty-six years. The father, a native of Virginia, was a pioneer settler of Adair County, where he passed many years in agricultural pursuits up to the time of his retirement. The mother’s family has produced a number of professional men, among them her brother, Judge William Lawson Holloway, who was recently re-elected for a third term of seven years, as a member of the Supreme Court of Montana. There were nine living children in the family of Newton and Mary Ellen Corbin, namely: Dr. William S., of this notice; Dr. M. E., a graduate of the American School of Osteopathy and of a medical college in California, and now engaged in a successful practice in Spokane, Washington; Dr. P. T., a graduate of the American School of Osteopathy, and now successfully engaged in practice at Anadarko, Oklahoma; Orel B., who is engaged in farming in Montana; Mrs. Eva Elmore, who is a widow and lives on a farm in the vicinity of Gibbs, Missouri; Mrs. O. D. Shipman, the wife of a farmer at Brashear, Missouri; Mrs. Clyde Payne, the wife of an agriculturist at Brashear, Missouri; Mrs. W. W. Martin, who is the wife of a practicing physician of Kirksville, Missouri; and Miss Beatrice, who resides with her parents and is a teacher in the public schools of Adair County, Missouri.
Doctor Corbin received his graded and high school education in Missouri and then entered the American School of Osteopathy, located at Kirksville, Missouri, from which he was graduated in 1898. At that time he was about $1,000 in debt, but some idea of his subsequent success may be gained from the fact that he was soon cleared of his indebtedness and was also able to furnish the money for the professional education of several of his brothers and sisters. Shortly after leaving school he began the practice of his chosen profession in Mills County, Iowa, and when he left there, seven years later, had what was said to be the largest practice of any osteopath in that part of the state. In 1906 he completed a post-graduate course at the American School of Osteopathy, and in that same year located at Chickasha, where he has continued to make his home and his field of labor. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, of which he is a past president and at present a trustee, and of the Southwestern Osteopathic Association. His office, located at No. 312 First National Bank Building, is unexcelled in equipment, including the most practical apparatus thus far discovered. He has continued to be a close and painstaking student, whose tendency is toward the best possible acquirement in his chosen calling. His fraternal connections include membership in the Masonic Blue Lodge at Chickasha.
Doctor Corbin was married in 1900, at Clarence, Missouri, to Miss Mary Florence Elliott, and they have three children: Willie Faye, aged thirteen years; Damon Elliott, who is ten years old; and Margaret Jewell, the baby, born in 1915. Doctor and Mrs. Corbin and daughter are members of the Christian Church.