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Dr. John G. HEIGHWAY
Source: History of Montgomery County, Indiana. Indianapolis: AW Bowen, 1913, pp. 1009-13.
DR. JOHN G. HEIGHWAY Not so very long ago there was but two or three veterinary surgeons in Montgomery county. It was the rule, when anything got wrong with a horse or cow to administer a little home treatment, of simple remedies, and left to their fate; and if they died it was all right. Usually, the veterinary was so far away that the farmer believed his stock would be dead before the desired assistance could reach it. Then too, there were no telephones and the long ride on uncertainty was not looked on with favor, neither was the expense of the veterinary's services. But conditions have changed, and today we find a large number of skilled veterinaries over the county, and there seems to be plenty for all to do. Their services are required just the same as those of the family doctor. One of this number who is deserving of special attention here is Dr. John G. Heighway, located at Ladoga, who has the distinction of being president of the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association, which fact alone is criterion enough of his ability in his chosen field and the trust that is reposed in him by his colleagues. Dr. Heighway was born in London, Province of Ontario, Canada, September 2, 1864. He is a son of Thomas and Julia (Hamilton) Heighway, both of whom were natives of London, England, where they spent their earlier years and from which city they emigrated in an early day to Canada, locating the family home at London, Ontario, and there our subject grew to manhood and received his educational training in the high school. Subsequently, he took the regular course in the Ontario Veterinary College at Toronto, where he made an excellent record and from which he was graduated in 1888. Soon afterward he came to Ladoga, Indiana, and here began the practice of his profession, having been drawn here by the fact of there being so many fine horses here and no veterinary for many miles around. Here he has remained and has all the practice he can well take care of. His fame has spread over the state and he has many calls from Lafayette, Terre Haute, Indianapolis and even as far away as New Albany. No one in his line in the state has had better success than he. Remaining a close student he has kept well abreast of the times in his particular field of endeavor, and his office in Ladoga in equipped with every appliance known to modern and approved science in taking proper care of the ailments of the horse and other animals. Dr. Heighway was vice-president of the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association, and in January, 1913, was elected president of the same, which position he is giving his loyal attention to, discharging its important duties in a manner that is reflecting much credit upon himself and to the satisfaction of all concerned. He is doing much to increase interest in the same and to make it helpful to all concerned. He is also an influential member of the American Veterinary Association. Fraternally, the Doctor belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Masonic Order. Dr. Heighway was married to Lottie Fullen in 1895. She was born in Ladoga, Indiana, and is a daughter of Oliver and Susannah (Harney) Fullen, the father having been born near Jamestown, in Boone county, Indiana, and was a son of Charles and Sarah Fullen. He was a farmer and stock raiser, and for nearly a quarter of a century was in business in Ladoga, conducting with much success a general store here. He was a prominent member of the Masonic Order. He went to Cincinnati, Ohio, for the purpose of taking the Knights Templar degree. His death occurred in March, 1871, when forty-six years old. Susan L. Harney, his wife, was born near Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, in 1855 and she came to Montgomery county with her parents when young. She was a daughter of Gilbert T. Harney, a man of more than ordinary intellectual power, with a fine physical constitution, and a pioneer preacher of great influence in Clark township. To Oliver Fullen and his wife four children were born, namely: Charles H., James A., Charlotte (or Lottie), wife of Dr. Heighway; and Sarah, who married Charles Grantham, the well known veterinary surgeon of Crawfordsville. The mother of these children died at Ladoga in 1902. To Dr. Heighway and wife four children were born, namely: George Fullen, Jean Harney, Herman Oliver, and Julia Esther. The doctor is a man of fine physique and a good mixer in his personal relations with his fellow men, being jovial and honest. Our subject is one of a family of ten children, all of whom are alive, healthy and prospering. They are named as follows: Thomas William, Richard Brooks, Alfred Wilson, John G., Edmund Waldron, Sarah Jane, Julia, Marion, Gavin Hamilton and Arthur H
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