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From: Gina Reasoner <>
Subject: EDWARD SHOEMAKER UNDERWOOD-SUMMIT CO.
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 11:37:05 -0400


History of Ohio
The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925
Volume III, page 336

EDWARD SHOEMAKER UNDERWOOD, M.D. Almost continuously for more than half a
century the name Underwood has stood for some of the most esteemed personal
and technical qualities in the medical profession at Akron. The late Dr.
Warren J. Underwood practiced in that city for over twenty years, and
shortly after his death his son, Edward S. returned from medical college
and has maintained the prestige of an honored name.
The Underwood family is of old Pennsylvania Quaker ancestry. Warren J.
Underwood, a son of Joseph and Hannah (Wells) Underwood, was born at
Dillsburg, York County, Pennsylvania, March 20, 1840, began reading
medicine in 1860, and in 1862 was appointed assistant surgeon in the
Nineteenth Pennsylvania Infantry, and after the regiment disbanded he did
hospital duty as assistant surgeon at Chambersburg, at Camp Curtin and
finally with the One Hundred and Fifty-first Pennsylvania Infantry.
In 1864 he graduated from Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia, and,
coming to Ohio, practiced for the time at Canal Fulton, but in 1867 located
at Akron, where he had a busy general practice until his death on June 9,
1890. In 1873 he was appointed United States pension examining surgeon for
Summit County, and in 1889 was unanimously elected president of the Board
of Examining Surgeons, and was a member of the Summit County Medical
Society, Union Medical Association of Northeastern Ohio, the Ohio State and
American Medical associations. He married on December 8, 1864, Harriet
Shoemaker, daughter of John J. Shoemaker, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She
died December 9, 1873.
Edward Shoemaker Underwood was born at Akron, December 8, 1868, and was
about five years of age when his mother died. He was carefully educated, at
first in the public schools, then in Buchtel College at Akron and in Ohio
Wesleyan University. He received the Doctor of Medicine degree from
Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia in 1891, and since that year has
given his time and talent to a general practice, involving work as a
surgeon as well as a physician. He is a member of the medical staff of the
Akron City Hospital, was for four years city health officer and for fifteen
years surgeon to the city Fire Department, and in 1924 was elected
president of the Summit County Medical Society. During the World war he was
medical examiner for the local draft board. He also belongs to the
Northeastern Medical Society, the Ohio State and American Medical associations.
Doctor Underwood has affiliations with the Akron City club, the Portage
Country club, Adoniram Lodge No. 517, Free and Accepted Masons, Akron Lodge
No. 131, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, is a republican, and is a
director of the Society Savings and Loan Company. He married Miss Sarah
Grace Kile. her father, Salem Kile, has for over thirty years been
prominent in the industrial affairs of Akron, serving for a number of years
as president of the Kile Manufacturing Company. Mrs. Underwood takes an
active part in the Woodland Methodist Episcopal Church and the Akron
Woman's Club.

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