A Narrative History of The People of Iowa with SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY, BUSINESS, ETC. by EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M. Curator of the Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa Volume IV THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc. Chicago and New York 1931
GEORGE MCCULLOCH. The respect and esteem paid to Dr. George McCulloch, of Humeston, is readily understood when it is recalled that he has been a physician and surgeon in that community for fifty-seven years. He did all the work of a pioneer country doctor, and has also responded to the modern demands upon his professional skill. He has gone steadily about his work through all the years, and is a wonderful example of the family practitioner and he ranks as one of the oldest practicing physicians in Southern Iowa.
Doctor McCulloch was born in Holmes County, Ohio, October 24, 1848. He is a son of Joseph and Nancy (Miller) McCulloch. The McCulloch family came originally from Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Joseph McCulloch, was an Ohio farmer, and managed his business affairs very successfully. In 1856 he came out to Iowa and bought 800 acres of land from the Government at $1.25 an acre. This was an investment, and while he held the land he never made his home in this state. Four hundred acres of this tract is still in the family, the possession of Doctor McCulloch, who has the patent to the tract signed by President Franklin Pierce. Doctor McCulloch through all the years of his professional work has been interested in land and agriculture, and his farm, two miles southwest of Humeston, has afforded an opportunity for his son, a scientific agriculturist, to work out his plans. It is one of the model farms of Wayne County.
Dr. George McCulloch grew up in Holmes County, Ohio, attended school at Millersburg and Haysville, and when a young man came out to Iowa, partly because of his father's landed investments here. While at Brooklyn he worked in a drug store and began the study of medicine with E. Rayburn. In the fall of 1871 he entered Rush Medical College of Chicago, and was graduated from that institution in 1873. Doctor McCulloch was in Chicago at the time of the great fire which started in October, 1871.
With his medical diploma he returned to Iowa and in the same year began his professional career at Humeston. For many years he had a large practice that taxed his full strength and energy to attend to it. Along with his medical practice he has been interested in business and public affairs. Including the land originally acquired by his father he owns about 1,700 acres of Iowa farming land. In business he has always been conservation, and he takes considerable pride in the fact that he never signed a mortgage for all his extensive land ownership. Since 1880 he has been engaged in banking at Humeston and is now president of the Citizens State Bank of that town. He is local surgeon for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railway.
Doctor McCulloch has for many years been a leader in the Republican organization of his county. He has been a member of the Humeston City Council and for several terms was a faithful legislator. He was a member of the House of Representatives in the Nineteenth, Assembly, this being the last session held in the old capitol building in 1882. A number of years later he was elected to the House, serving in the Thirtieth and Thirty-first sessions, and was a member of the State Senate in the Thirty-third and Thirty-fourth Assemblies. Doctor McCulloch has for fifty-seven years been a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and his Masonic membership covers a period of forty-eight years. His many interests and activities have probably done much to prolong his life and keep his interests keen, so that at the age of eighty-one he is younger in attitude than many men a score of years his junior.
Doctor McCulloch married in 1880 Miss Druscilla Maxwell, of Holmes County, Ohio. She died at Humeston in March, 1929, when they had been married nearly half a century.
Doctor McCulloch's son, Milan E. McCulloch, is an Iowa authority on agricultural science. He graduated from the Iowa State College at Ames, and is also a graduate of the Chicago Law School. He has won numerous honors in agriculture, particularly as a soil specialist, and has served as soil inspector of Iowa.