A Narrative History of The People of Iowa with SPECIALTREATMENT 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 ofIowa Volume IV THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc. Chicago and NewYork 1931
GEORGE MCCULLOCH.The respect and esteem paid to Dr. GeorgeMcCulloch, of Humeston, is readily understood when it is recalled that he hasbeen a physician and surgeon in that community for fifty-seven years.Hedid all the work of a pioneer country doctor, and has also responded to themodern demands upon his professional skill.He has gone steadily about hiswork through all the years, and is a wonderful example of the familypractitioner and he ranks as one of the oldest practicing physicians in SouthernIowa.
Doctor McCulloch was born in Holmes County, Ohio, October 24, 1848.He is a son of Joseph and Nancy (Miller) McCulloch.The McCullochfamily came originally from Edinburgh, Scotland.His father, JosephMcCulloch, was an Ohio farmer, and managed his business affairs verysuccessfully.In 1856 he came out to Iowa and bought 800 acres of landfrom the Government at $1.25 an acre. This was an investment, and while heheld the land he never made his home in this state.Four hundred acres ofthis tract is still in the family, the possession of Doctor McCulloch, who hasthe patent to the tract signed by President Franklin Pierce.DoctorMcCulloch through all the years of his professional work has been interested inland and agriculture, and his farm, two miles southwest of Humeston, hasafforded an opportunity for his son, a scientific agriculturist, to work out hisplans.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 thegreat fire which started in October, 1871.
With his medical diploma he returned to Iowa and in the same year beganhis professional career at Humeston.For many years he had a largepractice that taxed his full strength and energy to attend to it.Alongwith his medical practice he has been interested in business and public affairs.Including the land originally acquired by his father he owns about 1,700acres 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 forall his extensive land ownership.Since 1880 he has been engaged inbanking at Humeston and is now president of the Citizens State Bank of thattown.He is local surgeon for the Chicago, Burlington & QuincyRailway.
Doctor McCulloch has for many years been a leader in the Republican organization of his county.He has been a member of the Humeston CityCouncil and for several terms was a faithful legislator.He was a memberof the House of Representatives in the Nineteenth, Assembly, this being the lastsession held in the old capitol building in 1882.A number of years laterhe 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-fourthAssemblies. Doctor McCulloch has for fifty-seven years been a member ofthe Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and his Masonic membership covers a periodof forty-eight years. His many interests and activities have probably done muchto prolong his life and keep his interests keen, so that at the age ofeighty-one he is younger in attitude than many men a score of years hisjunior.
Doctor McCulloch married in 1880 Miss Druscilla Maxwell, of HolmesCounty, Ohio.She died at Humeston in March, 1929, when they had beenmarried 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 numeroushonors in agriculture, particularly as a soil specialist, and has served as soilinspector of Iowa.