One of Madison County's most competent physicians and surgeons, Doctor Christopher is a son of the late Dr. William Howard Christopher, who also practiced medicine at London for many years. Harry Vincent is a veteran of the World war, and was overseas with the famous Rainbow Division.

He was born at Van Wert, in Van Wert County, Ohio, June 6, 1883. His father, William Howard Christopher, was born in Hardin County, Ohio, in 1855, taught school there, was a student for two years in the University of Michigan, and took his medical course in the Starling Medical College at Columbus, where he was graduated with the first honors of his class in 1879. For eight years following his graduation he practiced at Van Wert, then at South Bend, Indiana, seven years, and, returning to Ohio, located at London, where he was one of the prominent men of his profession until his death. He was deeply interested in the cause of education, and while a member of the school board was largely responsible for the construction of the splendid new high school building at London. Doctor William Howard Christopher married on the night of his graduation from Starling Medical College, Miss Nancy Elizabeth Patrick, of Hardin County.

The only child of his parents, Harry Vincent Christopher first attended school at South Bend, Indiana, and subsequently graduated from the London High School. He spent one year in Ohio State University, and for two years was a student in the Starling Medical College, now the medical department of Ohio State University. He finished his professional education in the College of Physicians and Surgeons, at Chicago, where he was graduated in 1908. For fifteen years, except for the period while he was in the army, he has engaged in the general medical practice at London.

Doctor Christopher married at London, September 11, 1907, Miss Helen Knowles Downing, daughter of David Duncan and Alice (Knowles) Downing, of London. They have three children: Alice Jane, born in 1910; Nancy Elizabeth, born in 1914, and William Downing, born in 1920.

Doctor Christopher served four years as county coroner of Madison County, and also spent four years on the City Council of london. He is an independent republican, a Methodist, and is a thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner.

His military record began in May, 1917, when he volunteered for service in the Fourth Ohio National Guard. This regiment was mustered into the national army as the One Hundred Sixty-sixth Regiment, in the Forty-second Division, otherwise known as the Rainbow Division, made up largely of National Guard regiments all over the country. Doctor Christopher was in training at Fort Benjamin Harrison, at Camp Perry, and at Camp Mills, until October, 1917, when he sailed for France. He remained in the training area until February 22, 1918, when he went into the trenches in the Luneville sector, and for 110 days was with his regiment in the Baccarat sector. From there he was transferred to the Champagne sector and subsequently to the front lines at Chateau-Thierry, was in the St. Mihiel campaigns and the Meuse and the Argonne. while on duty he was gassed, wounded twice, June 6 and July 29, and suffered severly from fever. He was in the hospital several weeks in France, and was sent to the United States on a hospital ship, being discharged at Camp Dix in 1919, with a rating of disability. Doctor Christopher had the distinction of being elected the first commander of the Baccarat Rainbow Veterans, which was formed in Ohio. He is now post commander of the London Post of the American Legion, serving his third term in this capacity.

 

From HISTORY OF OHIO - C. B. Galbreath [Chicago: American Historical Society, 1925]