The Families of Adam Keith

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Dr. John W. Kinard [1858-after 1910]


Ancestry: Adam Keith1>Balthasar Keith2>Anna Maria [Keith] [m. Philip Jacob] Olewiler3>Leonard Olewiler4>Jacob S. Olewiler5>Catherine “Cassie” [Olewiler] [m. Simon Peter] Kinard6>John W. Kinard7

Biographical Annals of Lancaster Co., Pa., 1903 by J. H. Beers & Co., page 705-706.




Among the successful physicians of Lancaster is Dr. John W. Kinard, who is recognized as a man of ability, wide and comprehensive study and large experience. Dr. Kinard is a son of Simon and Elizabeth [Catherine Olewiler] Kinard, natives of York county, Pennsylvania.


Dr. John W. Kinard was born Feb. 15, 1858, at Wrightsville, York county, and grew to manhood upon his father's farm. Of the eleven children, six sons and five daughters, who lived to grow to maturity, Dr. Kinard is the eldest, and he has one brother, George C., who is also a physician of Lancaster county, and his other brothers are school teachers. Like many country boys, Dr. Kinard attended the district school, but he had the advantage of an academic course, after which he followed the calling of a school teacher for six years. During his vacations, however, he attended the Millersville Normal School for five years, and then took up the study of medicine, for which he had always had a strong inclination, with Dr. Bigler, of East Prospect. For a year he studied with this excellent physician, then continued his studies with Dr. J. Hay, of York, until 1879, when he was prepared to enter the University of Maryland at Baltimore, from which he was graduated in 1882, with the degree of M. D.


Following his graduation, Dr. Kinard established himself at East Prospect, and for five years was successfully engaged in the practice of his profession in that locality, building up a large and wealthy list of patients. But feeling that he needed further experience and instruction, Dr. Kinard sold his practice to Dr. J. A. Stoner and went to New York, entering Bellevue Hospital Medical College, from which he was graduated March 11, 1888, with degree of M. D. Prior to this he had taken a post-graduate course in Philadelphia in the Polyclinic College and College for Graduates in Medicine. In the spring of 1888 Dr. Kinard located at No. 17 East Walnut street, Lancaster, where he has since remained, and during the years which have followed he has firmly established himself in the confidence of the people of the city, while his success demonstrates his ability to cope with disease. In politics Dr. Kinard is an ardent Republican, and supports the principles of that party upon every occasion. During his residence at East Prospect he served as school director, and held every office within the gift of the people from an inspector to chief burgess. His religious connections are with St. John's Lutheran Church, of which he is a liberal supporter. Socially Dr. Kinard is a thirty-second degree Mason, and belongs to the F. & A. M., NO. 276, Lamberton Lodge, Chapter NO. 43, Knights Templar, and Harrisburg Consistory. He is also a member of the I. 0. 0. F., East Prospect Lodge, No. 944: Jr. 0. U. A. M.; A. & I. O. of Malta, No. 99; Eagles; member and ex-president and secretary of the Lancaster Pathological Society; president of the Lancaster City and County Medical Society; member of the State Medical Society and American Medical Association, and attended the last session of the American Medical Association at Saratoga Springs, N. Y., as a representative.