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Dr. Homer Millard

Dr. Homer Millard was one of Minonk's longest practicing doctors having practiced medicine in Minonk from 1891 until his death at age 72 in 1939.

He was born in Lamar, Missouri on March 11, 1867 and died on July 18, 1939. He was married to Eura G. Kellar on December 7, 1890. They had three children, two of which died in infancy. The only surviving child was Homer K. Millard.

His wife died on April 13, 1896 after 5 1/2 years of marriage. Dr. Millard's mother lived with him all of his life while he was in Minonk. His mother passed away at the age of 92, one year after Dr. Millard's death.

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Dr. Millard received his BS degree from Lamar College in Missouri and his MD from the Hanneman Medical College in Chicago. He did post graduate work in Berlin, Germany and Vienna, Austria. During his career he published many articles in medical journals and was invited to read a paper at American Medical Association World Congress a few months before his death but which had to be declined because of ill health.

Dr. Millard's first office was in a house that was located between the IOOF building and City Hall on West Fifth Street. Later he moved his office into the second floor of the Litchenstein building in the 500 block of Chestnut Street. The building currently is occupied by the Country Florist.

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A young Dr. Millard in his office on West Fifth Street.

He was very active in community affairs having served on the Minonk Board of Education for many years, was pastmaster of the Rob Morris Masonic Lodge, and help promote the first big paving project in Minonk in 1913-1915.

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Intensely patriotic, Dr. Millard enlisted in World War I and was appointed Captain during his term of service spent in New Mexico. He helped organize and was elected the first commander of the Minonk Post 142, American Legion.

The Minonk News-Dispatch described Dr. Millard in his obituary of July 20, 1939.

"Few are the homes of the middle-aged residents to which he had not been called at various times, of day and night, to render aid when distress was the greatest. Always calm and deliberate, he gave to every case his best. He was a deep student of the medical profession and spent all of hs leisure hours in reading in that line. While appearing reticent to those who did not know him so well, he had very decided opinions on topics of the day and freely expressed them in private conversation to friends. Minonk sustains a great loss in the passing of Dr. Millard."