James A. Vaughan, M. D. During his long and active career as a physician Doctor Vaughan had spent his most useful and profitable years in the State of Kansas. For more than ten years he had practiced successfully in Mound Valley in Labette County.
Though most of his early years were spent in Southwest Missouri, Doctor Vaughan was born in Benton County, Arkansas, October 21, 1868. He is of English stock, and his great-grandfather came over from England and settled in Tennessee in the early days. His father, G. W. Vaughan, was born in Illinois in 1843, was reared in Arkansas, where his parents had located in Benton County as early as 1845. G. W. Vaughan after the Civil war broke out entered the service of the Confederate army and served for three years, reaching the rank of lieutenant. He was in many battles and campaigns, fought at Pea Ridge, Arkansas, and was one of the gallant defenders of the Mississippi stronghold at Vicksburg until its fall. Since the war he had followed farming all his life, and in the year that R. B. Hayes was elected President of the United States, in 1876, he moved to Creighton in Cass County, Missouri, where he still resided, being now retired. He is a democrat and a member of the Baptist Church. G. W. Vaughan married Louise Neil, who was born in Tennessee in 1844. Their children are: Dr. James A.; William, who is a physician by training but spends his time in travel; Leona, who resided at Boulder, Colorado, the widow of John Coe, who was a dentist; John, a mail carrier at Creighton, Missouri; and Mrs. Dollie Samuels, who lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where her husband is on the police force.
Doctor Vaughan was reared on his father’s farm in Southwest Missouri. He attended the public schools of that state, and secured his medical education in Kansas City. For one year he was in the medical department of the Kansas University, and then two years in the Kansas City Medical College. He graduated M. D. in 1892, and the subsequent quarter of a century had been spent in active practice. For two months he was located at Dayton, Missouri, for a similar time at Seligman, Missouri, and then came to Kansas. For seven years Doctor Vaughan practiced at Neodesha, one year at Cherryvale, at Angola four years, and since 1905 had been successfully located at Mound Valley. He had a general medical and surgical practice, and had offices on Commercial Street. He is now serving as county health officer of that county, and is United States pension examining physician. He is prominent in medical circles in that part of Kansas, is now vice president of the Labette County Medical Society, and also belongs to the State and Southwestern Medical societies.
Doctor Vaughan is a democrat in politics. He owned a residence on Hickory Street in Mound Valley. April 20, 1899, at Cherryvale he married Miss Artie Inman, who came from Indiana. They are the parents of three children. Christine, who was born March 25, 1900, and is now a sophomore in the Parsons High School; Leona, born June 2, 1911; and Delma Aldis, born July 28, 1915.