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Dr. Arthur John Kleiser

Source: Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain counties, Indiana. Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893, pp447-448

DR. A. J. KLEISER is endowed by nature with those qualities of heart and mind so necessary to the success of one who chooses for his lifework a profession in which human sympathy must be dispensed with a liberal spirit as well as the ability to relieve human suffering. Dr. Kleiser is a native of Waveland, and the success he has achieved in his profession illustrates the fact that ability must ultimately be appreciated. Even though many of the Doctor's patients may remember him as an untutored boy many years before the subject of professional achievements and dignity entered his brain, this knowledge cannot detract from their respect for him now. Our subject commenced his education at the academy of his native town, and at eighteen began the study of medicine with Dr. A. T. Steele, one of the most capable practitioners in this part of the state. After completing a two years' course with Dr. Steele, young Kleiser took up another branch of the profession with Dr. J. D. Vannuys, a physician of excellent repute and standing in the community. After completing his course with Dr. Vannuys, Dr. Kleiser entered the Rush Medical College of Chicago, where he remained until the year 1884, at which time he entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Baltimore, Md. Dr. Kleiser graduated from the last named institution in the year 1885, and at once established himself at Waveland, Ind. After practicing in his native town for three years, and assuring himself that success was to be gleaned among his old acquaintances and new friends, Dr. Kleiser concluded to take unto himself a life partner. The lady who possessed the endearing qualities of heart and mind which he sought in the one who should accompany him through life was Miss Carrie Belton, a daughter of Joseph and Mary (Hamilton) Belton, and a lady of more than ordinary culture. The result of their union is one child, a bright little girl named Mildred. Socially, the Doctor belongs to the order of Knights of Pythias. He is a stanch Republican, and honors the son of Indiana who has so ably conducted the affairs of the nation for the past four years. After leaving his Alma Mater Dr. Kleiser took a special course in gynecology and diseases of the heart, lungs and throat, and is one of the most capable practitioners in this line of specialities that Indiana can boast. A brief review of the life of Dr. Kleiser shows him to be a man of energy as well as a close student, and it is gratifying to all who watch his progress to observe the indefatigable and tireless spirit with which he ever seeks knowledge of the best possible results obtained by his predecessors in the field of labor to which he is so well adapted. It may be well in closing this sketch to give a brief outline of Dr. Kleiser's ancestors. The name Kleiser is first mentioned in the annals of old Dutch cognomens, and as natives of Holland the bearers of this name ranked with those whose lineage could be traced back many hundred years. The father of Dr. Kleiser came from Shelby County, Ky., the Kleisers being an old resident family in that part of the country and closely identified with the best elements in the community where they resided. The mother of our subject was a member of the old Watson family, noted as one of the southern settlers in the Hoosier State. Both the Kleiser and Watson families date their migration from Kentucky to Indiana back to the early thirties, and both have contributed their efforts and means to the welfare and prosperity of the town with which they are now identified.

Source: Written by Dr. Joseph R. Russell about 1889

"To a Young Physician, Dr. Kleiser
My much esttem'd friend and good neighbor
Will he pardon the freedom I take?
While I tender some thought for his notice,
Thoughts suggested alone for his sake.
yes, assured do I feel that he'll greet it
As a message of grace from a friend,
That he'll pass by its faults and receive it
In the spirit by which it is penned.
You are on the highway I have travel'd
And your journey's all sealed from our sight,
We know not how much is before you --
How much of life's bloom or its blight
Yet we trust that your pathway may lead you
To the heights of an honest brigh tfame,
That the world may be blest by your working
And your reward in full measure attain
The brave mariner knows not to tempests
That his voyage may face in the gale
Nor of the vexations and sorrow,
That a life on the ocean entail
Yet he dares the bold waves of mid-ocean
With a brave heart he plows the main';
And he banishes doubts and disasters
Til his far haven is entered again
We are on life's journay & sailing
For the port where no sorrows are known
Wher exemption from heartaches and trouble
Shall ne'er reach our blest haven and home.

Source: Written by Dr. Joseph P. Russell

Arthur John Kleiser married Carrie Josephine Belton 24 March 1887 in Waveland

Ode to the Bride & Bridegroom, Dr. A.J. Kleiser & Wife

How stupid the soul with no heart to sing
When buds are ablown by warm breath of spring
When fragrance floats on the ambient aira
And flowers are nestling everywhere;
Fair nature aglow with beauties and bliss,
While music meets these with charm & a kiss;
Cold, cold is the heart that feels not the glow
That sunshine of spring serenly can show.
Cold, cold is the heart and dark as the tomb
That is not awakened when nature's abloom;
That stirs not within that feels not the thrill
Of a joy newborn to the soul's overfill,
E'en frogs in the pool are harping with glee,
The soul of the bird pours forth from the tree,
Sweet notes of the lark are heard on the lea,
And barn-fowls chime in with loud minstreley.
The ducks on the pond most gracefully glide,
Like ships on the sea or boats on the tide
Their downy full crests in mild waters lave
As proudly they float on transparent wave,
The rippling steamlets aglint with the rays,
Of sunbeats of light, dissolving the haze,
Mirror the fishes in sport on the sand;
Ah! springtime of year's transcendently grand.
The bleating of flocks is heard on the hill
As dams with their lambkins wander at will
O'er green carpet lawns all spangled with dew
And sweet-scented bloom of rich-tinted hue,
Where buzzing of bees resound on the air,
And nectar and sweetness concentrate there;
Such, such is the bliss of heavenly spring
We'll cheer it, and hail it with best offering.
At such time as this, to heighten the joy,
Grand epochs of life should have no allowy;
A union of hearts by marriage tie blent,
Should be solemnized under fair firmament
And now, dearest Doctor, my neighbor and friend
Skies are propitious the seasons portend
To grant you that peace that Hymen bestows
From fount of pure love 'til love overflows.
Your mission in life, grave ills to abate
Like Adam you'll need a loving helpmate;
And multitudes since have proved the evice
As needful to us by taking a slice
Of Eve's fairest flesh, best gift from above,
Man's purest treasure, cemented by love,
Oh! What would man be without this blest prize
The wife of his bosom, with love in her eyes?


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