Biography of Ivy E. Hancock, D. O.

Ivy E. Hancock, D. O. The ablest representative of the school of osteopathy in practice at Independence, Doctor Hancock, who has been in practice there for the past thirteen years and around her skill and thorough ability has built up a splendid clientele.

Doctor Hancock is a native of Melrose, Iowa. Her great-grandfather came from Ireland and settled in this country in the early part of the last century. Her grandfather, William Vardaman Hancock, was born in Indiana in 1828, and went out to Iowa as a pioneer, following farming and stock raising there until his death at Plano in December, 1906.

J. F. Hancock, father of Doctor Hancock, was born near Gosport, Indiana, in 1856, and soon after his birth his parents removed to Monroe County, Iowa. He grew up and married there, and adopted farming and stock raising as his vocation, in which he is still engaged. From Iowa he moved to Kansas in 1898, locating in Montgomery County, and after farming there for twelve years moved to Chetopa, which was his home for five years, and in 1915 he went to Nowata, Oklahoma, where he still resides. He is a republican. He married Ella Gilbert, who was born in Iowa, and comes of a large family who moved from Indiana to Melrose, Iowa, in 1845. Four of her brothers served in the Civil war. Albert Gilbert served in one of the Iowa cavalries and died in the service from fever, at Little Rock, Arkansas. Henry Clay Gilbert served in Company H, Ira William Gilbert in Company C, and Amasa Gilbert in Company C, Eighteenth Regiment of Iowa. These last three brothers served to the close of the war and lived until a few years ago. Dr. Ivy E. Hancock is the oldest of her parents’ eight children. H. H. Hancock is a traveling salesman living at Portland, Oregon; Claude Sumner died at the age of four years; Webster Clay has a ranch at Roy, New Mexico; Rhoda Pearl is the wife of William Stewart, and they live on a ranch at Kremling, Colorado; Albert V. is a merchant tailor and conducts a cleaning and pressing establishment at Sapulpa, Oklahoma; Oliver A. is associated with his brother Albert in business; and William Hobart is a plumber and he and his sister, Doctor Hancock, live together at 329 East Beach Street, where Doctor Hancock owns a residence with four vacant lots adjoining.

From an early age Doctor Hancock’s inclinations were for some work which would enable her to be of service to humanity. She attended the public schools in Monroe and Lucas counties, Iowa, finishing her high school in the latter county, and then entered the Still College of Osteopathy at Des Moines, where she was graduated in June, 1903. She began practice at Independence, and her offices are in the Baden Building.

Doctor Hancock is a member of the Christian Church, belongs to the Rebekahs, the Brotherhood of American Yeomen, the Women’s Relief Corps, the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Sons of Veterans, and is especially active in the order of the National Americans, having been local examiner for the past eight years and is now national chaplain for the term of four years expiring in 1919. Doctor Hancock is a member of both the state and national associations of osteopathy.


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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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  1. I am in possession of Dr. Ivy Hancock’s “Harvard Classics” published in 1909. She wrote her name in each book and dated it 9/15/1910. Unfortunately, books 46, 47, and 48 were missing. These books were left in a house I purchased in 1978 in Parsons, KS.
    Since Dr. Hancock started her practice in Independence, Kansas, I have contacted the Independence Historical Society and plan on donating them to the museum. Seems she led a very full life so thought it suitable to see that these books received a good home.

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