A. M. Wassam, M.D., is a native of Pennsylvania, being born in Somerset County, December 15, 1846. His father, Jacob Wassam, emigrated to the United States in 1828, from Germany, when twelve yeas of age, with his parents, who settled in Somerset County, Penn., and were among the early pioneer farmers of that State. His father, Jacob, as above, married Miss Barbara Berkey, of Somerset County, in 1837, the subject of this sketch being the fourth child or their second son. In the year 1849, his parents moved to Indiana County, Penn., and from there, in 1864, to Darke County, Ohio, where, after remaining for several years, they moved to Miami County, Ohio. Until he was twenty years of age, Dr. Wassam lived with his parents, assisting them on the farm, attending, and also teaching school, during which time he laid up the sum of $650, at that time a neat amount, which he gave to his parents for their assistance.

He had early turned his attention to the study of medicine, the last year of his stay at home devoting his whole time to the same, under the direction of Dr. L. J. Cunkle. In 1868, the Doctor went to Chicago, and took a course at the Rush Medical College. In 1869, he returned to his home in Miami County, and was married to Miss Nancy Hart that same year, immediately afterward removing to Cherry Tree, Indiana County, Penn., where he commenced the practice of medicine. He remained there four years, building up a very successful and lucrative practice. In 1873, he again went to Ohio, and took a regular course of study at the Ohio Medical College at Cincinnati, from which institution he graduated with the degree of M. D. Soon afterward, Dr. Wassam came West, and settled at Eureka, where he has ever since resided, engaged in the practice of his profession, having the largest practice of any physician in this section of the State. The Doctor has amassed quite a fortune, and has been active and prominent in all public enterprises for the benefit of his town. He is a member of the State Medical Society of Kansas; has also attained to the degree of K. T., No. 19, El Dorado Commandery. He has been President of the Board of Health of Eureka. Dr. Wassam has contributed several articles to the Cincinnati medical journals, and also to his home papers, on contagious diseases, viz, membraneous croup, diptheria, and typhoid fever. The Doctor has three children- Dora May, Anna Laura and Nellie Dot.

 

History of the State of Kansas, William G. Cutler, 1883, A. T. Andreas, Chicago, IL.