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The progressive and attractive little City of Hope, Bartholomew County, claims Doctor Hoover as one of its representative physicians and surgeons and as a valued citizen who takes loyal interest in all things pertaining to the communal welfare.

Doctor Hoover was born in the state of North Carolina, July 5, 1872, and is a son of Thomas and Catharine (Briles) Hoover, both of whom were born and reared in North Carolina, where their marriage was solemnized and where they continued to reside until about the year 1876, when they came with their six children to Indiana and made settlement in Hamilton County, where Thomas Hoover became a successful farmer and merchant.

Dr. Rufus A. Hoover was a child of about four years at the time of the family removal to Indiana and in Hamilton County he was reared to adult age, his public school advantages having there included those of the high school at Sheridan, and he having thereafter continued his studies along academic lines by attending the University of Indiana.

In preparing for his chosen profession he went to the City of Chicago and entered the medical department of Loyola University. In that fine institution he was graduated as a member of the class of 1911 and after thus receiving his degree of Doctor of Medicine he further fortified himself by serving as an interne in leading Chicago hospitals, his internship diploma having been awarded in the year 1912, and he having then returned to Indiana and established himself in the general practice of his profession at Bippus, Huntington County. There he remained nine years, during the next year he was engaged in practice at Lapel, Madison County, and he then, in 1922, established his residence at Hope, where he has built up a substantial and representative practice that marks him as one of the prominent physicians and surgeons of Bartholomew County.

Doctor Hoover has membership in the American Medical Association, the Indiana State Medical Society and the Bartholomew County Medical Society.

In the World war period he served as medical examiner for the draft board of Huntington County, was an officer of the county chapter of the Red Cross and had membership in the Medical Officers Reserve Corps of the United States Army. He is a Democrat in politics, is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church in their home city.

Doctor Hoover's marriage to Miss Josephine Rambo was solemnized in Madison County, Indiana, and they have four children: Frances, Katherine, Charles and Thomas. Frances is a member of the class of 1930 in the Hope High School; Katherine is there a member of the class of 1932, and the two sons are grade students in the Hope schools.