Herman E. McCollum
Dr. Herman E. McCollum, secretary of the state board of medical examiners and president of the Albany County Medical Society, is regarded as one of Wyoming's most prominent physicians and surgeons.
He was born in North Salem, Missouri, October 15, 1877, a son of Perry and Margaret (Hughes) McCollum, both of whom were natives of Kentucky, whence they removed to Missouri in the early '50s. There the father engaged in farming for many years and is now living retired in North Salem at the age of eighty-two. During the Civil war he enlisted in a Missouri regiment and served with distinction throughout the entire period of hostilities. His wife died in North Salem, in 1913, at the age of seventy-three years, and was laid to rest in the cemetery there. In their family those still living are: Mrs. Nancy Gunter; Curtis McCollum; Mrs. Rachel Nevins; Mrs. Nellie Wilson; Dr. Beverly McCollum, who is a prominent dentist of Los Angeles, California; and Herman E.
Dr. McCollum, of this review, in his boyhood days attended the public schools of North Salem, Missouri, and afterward became a student in the State Normal School at Kirksville, Missouri, where he was graduated with the class of 1897. He then took up the study of medicine in the College of Physicians and Surgeons at St. Louis and won his professional degree by graduation in 1901. The west with its limitless opportunities attracted him and the following year he made his way to Laramie, where he has since resided, and during the intervening period of fifteen years he has built up a large practice, having shown himself thoroughly competent to cope with the intricate and involved problems that continually confront the physician in his efforts to check the ravages of disease and restore health. He is very careful in the diagnosis of his cases and seldom, if ever, at fault in foretelling the outcome of disease. His pronounced ability is attested by the large practice now accorded him. Moreover, he has ever kept in touch with the trend of modern professional thought and scientific investigation, having done post-graduate work in St. Louis, Kansas City and in Chicago at various times. He is now physician and surgeon for the Union Pacific Railway Company in his district and he is secretary of the state board of medical examiners. Dr. McCollum has taken a keen and most active interest in Ivinson Hospital from the time it was first projected by Mr. Edward Ivinson and the Doctor's professional skill has contributed largely towards giving to that institution the prestige it enjoys as one of the foremost of its kind in the state. He holds membership with the Albany County '_Medical Society, which has honored him with election to its presidency, the Wyoming State Medical Society and the American Medical Association.
On the 24th of January, 1902, Mr. McCollum was united in marriage to Miss Florence Weaver, a daughter of Mrs. A. J. Weaver, a resident of Denver. Fraternally he is connected with the Masons and has attained high rank in the order, belonging to the consistory and to the Knights Templar commandery. He is likewise a Noble of the Mystic Shrine and belongs to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. His political endorsement has always been given to the republican party and he is able to support his position by intelligent argument because of his wide reading and thorough study concerning the questions and issues of the day. He holds to high standards in whatever he does and whatever he undertakes, and in his practice performs his professional duties with a sense of conscientious obligation that has won for him not only the respect of the general public but the high regard of contemporaries and colleagues.