Edwin F. Guyon, M. D., who has become known as county physician of Bear Lake county, Idaho, assistant surgeon for the Oregon Short Line, member of Idaho and Oregon State Medical Associations and of the American National Medical Association, and as author of the law to prohibit illegal medical practice in Idaho and coauthor with Dr. C. J. Smith of the law to prevent illegal medical practice in Oregon, is one of the leading physicians in Idaho and is doing much to elevate his profession and augment its usefulness throughout the northwest. Dr. Guyon began the practice of medicine in Pendleton City, Oregon, in 1891, and continued it there successfully for five years, when his health began to fail and he sought a higher altitude and a dryer atmosphere at Montpelier. The colder climate agreed with him, and he regained his health, and by the time he had done so he had built up a large and rapidly growing practice, in which he has been successful professionally as well as financially.
Dr. Guyon was born at New Orleans, Louisiana, November 7, 1853, of Huguenot ancestors, on his father’s side, who came early in our history from France and settled in New York and New Jersey. John Guyon, his father, was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, and married Miss Emily Shattuck, a native of St. Louis, but a descendant of an old Virginia family, her mother having been prominent at Richmond, socially and otherwise. John Guyon, who was a contractor, built many wharves in the south and died there, of yellow fever, when Dr. Guyon was a child. His widow, who married again, died in California, in the forty-ninth year of her age.
Mrs. Guyon went to California in 1856, with her second husband, and Edwin F. was a member of the moving household. The journey was made by the way of the Isthmus of Panama. Dr. Guyon was educated in the public schools of California and Oregon and at Whitman College, Washington, and was graduated from the medical department of the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1891.
Politically Dr. Guyon is a Democrat, and he wields no uncertain influence in party affairs in the county and state. He is a prominent Odd Fellow, having passed all the chairs in the subordinate lodge and in the encampment, and he is a member of the Woodmen of the World. As a citizen he is public-spirited and progressive and takes an active and helpful interest in all measures for the public good. He was married, in 1879, to Miss Maggie Jones, a native of Missouri, and they have a son named La Fayette and a daughter named Maud. Mrs. Guyon is a Baptist. The Doctor was brought up in the Methodist faith.