Biography of G. W. Traylor Dr.

Dr. G. W. Traylor, who practices in association with Dr. J. Arthur Knoop at McCune, was born in Neosho County, Kansas, July 9, 1877, and is a son of Dr. J. B. and Mary Augusta (Meade) Traylor. The Traylor family came originally from France, where the name was spelled Trealor, and located in the Carolinas during colonial times. Dr. J. B. Traylor, father of Dr. G. W. Traylor, was born in Indiana, in 1846, and died at McCune, Kansas, in 1899. As a young man he went to Chicago, Illinois, where he attended Rush Medical College, one of the oldest and most prominent in the country, and while in that city was married. After his graduation from the medical institution he began practice at Chicago, but in 1877 removed to Kansas City, Missouri, and there attended the Kansas City Medical College, from which he was duly graduated. In 1877 he came to Kansas, locating first at Jacksonville, Neosho County, and in 1880 changed to McCune, where he was the pioneer physician of the town and where he built up a large professional business. He continued to make his home here during the remainder of his life, and won the respect of his fellow practitioners, the esteem of his fellow-citizens, and the reverence and gratitude of his patients. He was politically a democrat, and fraternally affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Mrs. Traylor, who bore the maiden name of Mary Augusta Meade, was born in 1859, in New York City, and still survives her husband, being a resident of McCune. They were the parents of the following children: Dr. G. W.; E. A. and J. B., who reside at McCune and are engaged in the clothing business; Ollie, who is the wife of Frank Mansfield, bookkeeper for the Hood Implement Company, at McCune, Kansas; and Marie, who is the wife of Earl Hankins, engaged in the barbering business at McCune.

G. W. Traylor was educated in the public schools of McCune, Kansas, where he was graduated from the high school in 1895, and following this entered the Kansas City Medical College, which his father had attended many years before. He was graduated in 1901, with his degree of Doctor of Medicine, since that time had taken post-graduate work with the famous Mayo brothers of Rochester, Minnesota; at the Surgeons’ Clinical Congress, Chicago, two seasons; and at the Indiana State Medical College, Indianapolis. In 1901 he began practice at McCune, where he soon secured much of the practice formerly cared for by his father, and his reputation had extended far beyond the limits of his immediate community, as a skilled diagnostician, a careful student and an expert and steady-handed surgeon. Since the spring of 1916 he had been associated with Dr. J. Arthur Knoop, and their well-appointed offices are located over the corner drug store, on Hamilton Street. His residence is situated in the center of the town. Doctor Traylor is a democrat and at present is serving McCune in the capacity of president of the board of health. With his family, he attends the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He belongs to the Crawford County, Southeastern Kansas and Kansas State Medical societies, the American Medical Association, and Lodge No. 412, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, of Pittsburg, Kansas.

Doctor Traylor was married in 1901, at McCune, Kansas, to Miss Emma Streetmaker, daughter of John and Nannie (Elledge) Streetmaker. Mrs. Traylor’s mother is deceased, but her father is still living, and is a farmer of Kane County, Illinois. Three children have been born to Doctor and Mrs. Traylor: Cleo Augusta, born in 1903; Clayton, born in 1905; and Mary Claudine, born in 1907.



Connelley, William E. A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans. Chicago : Lewis, 1918. 5v. Biographies can be accessed from this page: Kansas and Kansans Biographies.

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