Philip L Mull, MD
Philip L. Mull, B.S., M.D. – The medical profession of Franklin county, Indiana, has had a valued member in the person of Philip L. Mull, B.S., M.D., of Oldenburg. Dr. Mull is a native of Indiana and claims Chestnut Hill, Washington county, as his birthplace. William Mull, his father, also a native of Indiana, was a son of Tobias Mull, who was born in North Carolina, of German parentage. The latter emigrated from the old North state to Indiana in its pioneer days and settled in Washington county, where he passed the rest of his life and died. He left many descendants, who are now widely scattered. William Mull was born in 1826. He married Miss Mary Ann Fitzpatrick, a daughter of Irish parents, and to them were born ten children.

Philip L. Mull in his early boyhood attended the common schools, and as he grew older formed his plans for a more advanced course of literary study, and also for eventually entering the medical profession. His parents have a large family and being in moderate financial circumstances, it was necessary for him to pay his own way, by his own exertions, to a profession. Having acquired sufficient knowledge of the common branches to entitle him to a certificate, he resorted, as many other young men have done, to the occupation of teaching as a means of raising funds to enable him to accomplish the end he had in view. He succeeded so well, teaching and attending school alternately, that he was able to graduate with credit from the scientific department of the Northern Indiana Normal School, at Valparaiso, in the class of 1895, receiving the degree of B.S. Entering the Kentucky School of Medicine, at Louisville, Kentucky, he graduated therefrom in 1898, receiving the degree of M.D. He had the honor of being demonstrator of anatomy at the college. He also had special experience in the hospitals, on obstetrics and diseases of women, for which he holds a certificate. After graduation Dr. Mull began the practice of his profession at Louisville, where he remained a short time, when, Oldenburg seeming to offer favorable inducements, he decided to remove to this place, which he did, succeeding in practice Dr. F.P. Young. He soon established an excellent practice, his rides covering a radius of about twelve miles, with Oldenburg as a center. As a physician and surgeon Dr. Mull has ever held the confidence of the community and as a citizen he is held in high esteem.

In September, 1899, Dr. Mull was called from his extensive and increasing practice to accept a professorship in the great Columbian School of Osteopathy, Medicine and Surgery, at Kirksville, Missouri. With many sad regrets, the Doctor bade his many tried and true friends and patients goodbye for a season, and after placing his practice in the hands of Dr. E. Prall, of Henryville, Indiana, his lifelong friend and college room-mate, went to try his fortune with those beyond the "Father of Waters." Before Dr. Mull will have seen the roses (and the thorns) of twenty-eight summers he will have made the journey from the plow to the professorship in a medical college, and he finds great comfort in saying: "I am a self-made man and have gained my success honestly. All through life I have stood by the proposition that a good, honest man never fails."

He is gaining an enviable reputation as a lecturer upon scientific subjects and is one of Kirksville’s prominent and highly respected citizens.

Source: Biographical and Genealogical History of Wayne, Fayette, Union and Franklin Counties, Indiana. Chicago. The Lewis Publishing Company. 1899.

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