Conococheague A History of the Greencastle-Antrim Community 1736 - 1971
by W. P. Conrad
Dr. Robert Johnston
He completed his education in England after studying
under the Rev. Francis Allison, D.D. After serving in the Revolution, he
practiced medicine in the community. A note of particular interest
concerning Dr. Johnston is that he embalmed
the body of a friend who died at the
Johnston home so that it could be returned over a
substantial distance to the deceased's home.
This is the first instance of
embalming done in Franklin County.
Dr. John McLellan (1762-1846)
Born near Greencastle, studied
medicine under Dr. Benjamin Rush and later
was graduated from the University of
Pennsylvania. In addition to general practice, Dr.
McLellan is credited with many surgical operations.
Dr. Andrew H. Heatherington (1778-1835)
Born in Greencastle, studied under Dr. McLellan and probably
studied at the University of
Pennsylvania. He assisted Dr. McLellan in his surgery.
John Boggs, M.D.
Born in Greencastle and
studied with his uncle, Dr. Robert Johnston.
After graduating from the University
of Maryland, he returned to practice in Greencastle with Dr. McLellan
after his uncle's death.
William Grubb, M.D.
mother was a sister of Dr. McClellan and after studying with this
physician, he practiced medicine for more than
sixty years in Greencastle.
James King Davison,
Born in Antrim Township. After
graduating from Dickinson College, he studied with
Dr. McClellan and later was graduated from
the Jefferson Medical
College in Philadelphia. His practice in
Greencastle continued until his death.
Charles Michaels, M.D.
Born in Hanover,
Pennsylvania and was graduated from the Washington Medical College
of Baltimore. He practiced
medicine in Greencastle from 1832 to 1871.
Adam Carl, M.D.
Born in Hanover,
after studying with Dr. J. H. Miller of Baltimore, he was graduated
from the Washington Medical
College in 1829. Dr. Carl came to
Greencastle and opened a drug store which continues to this day as the
well known Carl's Drug Store. He practiced
medicine in Greencastle for
David Hays Agnew,
An eminent surgeon of his
day, was born in Lancaster,
Pa. He was the son of Dr.
Robert Agnew, who lived in Antrim
Township. Since his stay in Greencastle was brief, the only record of his
practice locally was that of an advertisement in 1839. He became prominent in
Philadelphia as the leading surgeon of
George Davison Carl,
Born in Greencastle,
the son of Dr.
Adam Carl. After his graduation from Gettysburg's
College and the
Pennsylvania Medical College
Philadelphia, he practiced
medicine in Greencastle until his death.
Edwin Davison Rankin,
Born in Antrim
Township and was a graduate of Jefferson
Medical College. He is
credited with using the
first hypodermic needle in local medical history.
Cephas Z. Wingerd,
M.D. (not available)
Greencastle and graduated from Jefferson Medical
College of Philadelphia. After practicing for
several years in Greencastle he moved to Funkstown, Maryland in 1874.
Franklin A. Bushey,
Born in Antrim
Township. He was a graduate of the
University of Maryland and served throughout the Civil War as an assistant surgeon of the 4th Pennsylvania
Cavalry. After the war, Dr. Bushey was
in charge of a government hospital in Missouri and his Greencastle practice began in 1865. He was
known, in addition to his medical skill, as a
prominent leader of the
activities of the Grand Army of the Republic in Greencastle.
Dr. A. A. Miller (1866 for about 15 years)
Little is known about his career except
that he took up the practice of
Dr. Michaels when he died.
Dr. Daniel Rench
Graduated from Jefferson
College in 1874 and practiced medicine in
Greencastle for about ten years. He and A. A. Miller were brothers of Dr.
Victor D. Miller who
was an outstanding physician of the Mason-Dixon area.
Greencastle. He was graduated from Jefferson
Medical College in 1884
and practiced in Welsh Run and, for
some years, was in Greencastle.
The last years of his service
were in Carlisle.
Maryland. He studied at Pennsylvania
College in Gettysburg and received his medical degree from Jefferson
Medical College in 1889. His practice was in Greencastle for his entire career. Dr.
McLaughlin was active in civic affairs, serving on the school board
for some years. He was a member of the staff
of the Chambersburg Hospital.
in Greencastle. After a short
career in journalism, he studied at the Baltimore
Medical College where he was
graduated in 1902. He practiced, in
partnership, with Dr. McLaughlin for several years and later established
his own office from which he served the community
until his death.
J. Fletcher Nowell,
Born in Maryland.
After a brief career as a teacher, he matriculated at
College in Philadelphia and was
graduated in 1875. He practiced for
fifty years in the local
William King, M.D.
A U. S. Army
practiced medicine, after the
approximately five years.
John C. Gilland, M.D. (1849-1932)
Born near Shady Grove. He
was graduated from the Jefferson Medical College in 1876 and
after practicing for two years in New Franklin, he returned to
Greencastle, where he
practiced until his death.
Greencastle, the son of Dr. John Gilland. His training began at
College and after reading medicine with his father, he was graduated in 1911
from Johns-Hopkins University of Baltimore. Dr. Tom, as he was affectionately
called, located in Greencastle in 1913
and, except for the years he served in World
War I, practiced medicine in
Greencastle until his death. He was recognized throughout the
Valley as one of the leading obstetricians of his day.
Erdman Seibert, M.D.
received his medical training at the Jefferson
College where he was graduated in 1917. Dr.
Seibert served in the Medical Corps of
the U. S. Army during World War I and after his
discharge established his office in Greencastle. His practice continued
here until his
Henry G. Chritzman,
Greencastle. He was the son of the renowned Dr.
Henry G. Chritzman of the Welsh Run area. His
studies led to his graduation from Jefferson
College and in 1927 he located in Greencastle,
where he practiced until his untimely
death on December 10, 1938.