GEORGE N. KREIDER, A.M., M.D. - Attendance at some of the most noted colleges not only of America, but also of Europe, and instruction received from some of the most eminent members of the medical fraternity of the world well equipped Dr. Kreider for the attainment of the prominent position which he now occupies as a representative of his chosen profession. He is especially well known because of his surgical skill and his varied experience and comprehensive knowledge in this direction have added to the sum total of the medical lore which has rendered the labors of the physician and surgeon so effective.
George Noble Kreider was born in Lancaster, Ohio, October 10, 1856, a son of Edmund Cicero and Mary (Gates) Kreider. His paternal grandfather, Dr. Michael Zimmerman Kreider, was a leading physician of Ohio in the first half of the nineteenth century, engaging in practice in Lancaster from 1825 until his death in 1855, and was the secretary of the first medical convention held in Ohio in 1835. He was equally prominent as a Mason and was the first to hold the office of grand commander of the Knights Templar of Ohio, being elected in 1843. The father of our subject is also a well known representative of the craft in which he has occupied high official preferment.
Dr. G. N. Kreider spent the first fourteen years of his life in his native city and in 1870 accompanied his parents on their removal to Jacksonville, Illinois where he continued his education, begun in the public schools of Ohio. He was a student in the Washington High School of Jacksonville and afterward, returning to Ohio, he matriculated in the Ohio Wesleyan University, at Delaware, Ohio, where he was graduated in the class of 1877, winning the degree of Bachelor of Arts. This had been a preparatory course, fitting him for the perusal of a course of medicine. Determining to follow the profession of which his grandfather had been a representative, Dr. Kreider was very fortunate in having excellent educational advantages to fit him for this work and throughout his business career he has realized the value of investigation and study with the result that he has been a student in some of the most noted medical universities of Europe. After attending one course of lectures in the Miami Medical College, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and two courses in the medical department of the University of the city of New York, he won his degree in the latter institution in 1880 and immediately thereafter entered upon the practice of his profession in Springfield, Illinois, where he has since made his home, his practice interrupted only by his study abroad. With a laudable ambition to attain a high position in his chosen calling and to make his labors still more effective and beneficial he has pursued several courses in advanced study, spending the years 1885-6 under the teachings of some of the most eminent medical professors of London, Paris, Berlin and Vienna. Again in 1890 he crossed the Atlantic, where he pursued a special course at the university of Jena, and in 1894, in Berlin, he continued his investigation, followed by further study in the University of Gottingen in 1897. Long since has he left the ranks of the many to stand among the successful few whose profound medical lore, varied experience and marked capability have given them prestige as representative of the departments of medical and surgical practice. the consensus of public opinion accords Dr. Kreider high rank and his eminent position is also recognized by the profession, whereby he has been accorded official honors. In 1894 he was the president of the Capitol District Medical Society of central Illinois, and since 1891 he has been an officer of the Illinois State Medical Society, being president, treasurer and editor of the Illinois Medical Journal. He is a member of the American Medical Association, and from 1884 until 1887 was a member of the Illinois State Board of Health, resigning in the latter year. He attended the Ninth International Medical Congress in Washington, the tenth in Berlin, the eleventh in Rome, and the twelfth in Moscow.
Since 1891 Dr. Kreider has been surgeon at St. Johnson's Hospital in Springfield and surgeon of the hospital of the Wabash Railway system since 1900. Early in his practice he served as special inspector for the state board of health during the epidemic of smallpox in 1882-3. Through his practice he has given special attention to surgery, has performed many difficult operations, and has met with a high degree of success, which is due to his wonderfully minute and accurate acquaintance with anatomy, combined with exquisite power of diagnosis, a cool head, steady muscles and great mechanical genius. Dr. Kreider has acted as lieutenant colonel and assistant surgeon general of the Second Brigade, Illinois National Guard, and is now major and surgeon of the Fifth Regiment. He acted as post surgeon at Camp Tanner when the guard was rendezvoused for the Spanish-American war.
On the 18th of February, 1894, Dr. Kreider was united in marriage to Miss Emma Pasfield, a daughter of Dr. George and Hathway (Pickrell) Pasfield, of Springfield, Illinois. Four children have been born of this union: George Pasfield, born April 10, 1895; Mary, born April 28, 1896; Paul Gates, born February 21, 1898; and Emma, born January 27, 1900. The Doctor is a Knight Templar Mason, belonging to Tyrian Lodge No. 333, A.F. & A.M.; Springfield Chapter No. 1, R.A.M.; Springfield Council No. 4, R. & S.M., and Elwood Commandery No. 6, K. T. IN all of those he has held office, and has served as eminent commander in the last named for several terms. Dr. Kreider possesses considerable literary ability and is particularly well known as the author of contributions to medical literature, having prepared many articles which have appeared in leading medical journals throughout the country and have been of value to the profession. It was mainly through his efforts, as president of the State Medical Society, that the Illinois State Medical Journal was established in 1899, at which time the Doctor was made its editor and has continued to act in that capacity since. through the influence of the Journal the Illinois State Medical Society has become the largest state medical organization of the country. The paper has a large circulation and is one of the leading medical journals of the United States, its articles being of direct and practical value to the profession. The medical fraternity of Illinois owes much to the efforts of Dr. Kreider, and by the profession as well as the public he is honored as one of the most gifted and able surgeons of America.