George Warren Gabriel, one of the leading physicians of Parsons, is one of those citizens of Kansas who have forged their own way to success, and whose exemplary and energetic lives have left an impress on the history of the community in which they have lived and on that of the state... He was born in Athens, Ohio, Nov. 17, 1843, and on the paternal side can trace his ancestry back to William Gabriel, who was of French lineage and was a soldier in the American Revolution. His father, Moses Gabriel, was a native of Athens county Ohio, and was the son of Elias Gabriel, a Virginian by birth, whose father was the Revolutionary patriot mentioned above. Moses Gabriel married Miss Mary Johnston, who was of Irish lineage. He was a farmer by occupation and resided in Athens county, Ohio, where his son, Dr. G. W. Gabriel, was reared, and who was the second in a family of six children; Elias, George Warren, Susan, Christian, Elmer and Emmett. After having been a student three years in Franklin Academy, Albany, Ohio, he entered the Ohio University at Athens, Ohio, where he spent two years in the pursuit of his literary education. When the Civil war came on he entered the hospital service of the United States army in the fall of 1861 and served therein until February, 1864. In the following month of March he came to Topeka, Kan., where he enlisted as a private in Company D, Seventeenth Kansas infantry, from which he was honorably discharged at Fort Leavenworth, Nov. 17, 1864, the day he became twenty-one years of age. Later he returned to Ohio and in 1866 entered Sterling Medical College, at Columbus, Ohio. In 1868 he returned to Kansas and located at Ladore, Neosho county, where he began the practice of medicine. In 1870 he entered the Kansas City Medical College, Kansas City, Mo., in which he graduated in 1871. He then located at Parsons, where he has since continued to reside and practice medicine; ranking for many years among the leading physicians of the state. He has long held membership in the following medical societies Labette County Medical Society, Kansas State Medical Society, and the American Medical Association. In politics he is a Democrat, and notwithstanding the fact that Labette county and the city of Parsons were normally Republican in politics, yet the Doctor's popularity was such that he was three times elected a representative in the legislature from Labette county, once as state senator, and seven times as mayor of Parsons. Fraternally he is a Knight Templar Mason and is member of the Grand Army of the Republic.

In 1870 Dr. Gabriel married Miss Elizabeth Hallawell, who died in 1891 leaving two children; Harry E. and Mary G. The daughter is the wife of Alfred H. Noyes, of Parsons. In 1894 Dr. Gabriel married again, Mrs. Mary A. Brown becoming his wife, and who died in 1906.

 

Kansas Biographical Part 2, Vol. III,