Dedicated Country Doctor

Dr. James Ball Naylor graduated from Starling Medical College in Columbus, Ohio, on March 28, 1886, second in a class of 81.  After marrying Myrta Gibson, of Stockport, Ohio, he started a practice there.  Unfortunately, his young bride died of consumption (pneumonia) year after they were married.

"After graduation" he said, "I hung out my shingle in Babylon [Stockport], and practiced there one fleeting year—spending most of my working hours in a wet saddle. The good people of the community bore with me—and charitably excused my woeful inexperience."

Despite all his success in the literary field, his profession was always the primary focus in his life.