Charles L. Botkin, physician and surgeon one of the leading representatives of his profession in Muncie, is a native of Indiana, and is a grandson of Dr. John W. Botkin, who was a pioneer doctor of Randolph County, one of the fine examples of the old time country physician who carried on his work far beyond the years and strength of the normal man. He practiced medicine over sixty years. This pioneer physician was born in Randolph County Indiana, in 1819. He and his wife are buried in the Buena Vista Cemetery in Randolph County. Dr. Charles L. Botkin represents the third consecutive generation in the medical profession. His father, Dr. Thomas W. Botkin, was a graduate of the Cincinnati Eclectic College of Medicine and throughout his active life remained in Randolph County, practicing as a physician. He was a Union soldier with the Sixty-ninth Indiana Infantry. He was born and reared in Randolph County and is buried in the Maxville Cemetery. He died in November, 1914. Dr. Thomas W. Botkin married Mary E. Irvin, who is also a native of Randolph County, where she attended school as a girl. She is now seventy-eight years of age and lives with her son, Doctor Botkin, at Muncie. She has been a lifelong member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Her three children were John L., county road commissioner in Randolph County; Dr. Charles L.; and Dr. Clyde E., who was practicing medicine at Parker City Indiana, when he died in 1910. Dr. Charles L. Botkin was born in Randolph County, July 6, 1878, attended public schools at Winchester, including high school, and was graduated in 1904 from the Indiana Medical College, the medical department of Indiana University. His intern training and experience was gained in the Protestant Deaconess Hospital, now the Indiana Christian Hospital. Doctor Botkin for nearly twenty years practiced medicine at Farmland, Indiana. He removed to Muncie in 1924, and enjoys a very large practice in that city, having splendidly equipped offices in the Western Reserve Life Building. He is a member of the Delaware County, Indiana State and American Medical Associations, and during the World war was a member of the Randolph County Examining Board. He is on the board of directors of the Indiana Tuberculosis Association. Doctor Botkin for many years has been deeply interested in his Masonic affiliations. He is a member of Farmland Lodge No. 308, A. F. & A. M., Winchester Commandery No. 53, Knights Templar, the Scottish Rite bodies at Indianapolis, and Murat Temple of the Mystic Shrine at Indianapolis. He was formerly active also in the Knights of Pythias, is a member of the Sons of Veterans, the Kiwanis Club, the Chamber of Commerce, Dynamo Club, Indiana Historical Society, belongs to the Civil Legion, is a Republican and is on the board of stewards of the High Street Methodist Episcopal Church at Muncie and president of the Men's Club of the church. Doctor Botkin married at Winchester, April 19, 1910, Miss Myrtle Garrett, daughter of Fremont and Adeline (Trueblood) Garrett. Her parents are now deceased. Her father was one of the able members of the Winchester bar and possessed unusual intellectual gifts as a speaker and writer, having much ability as a poet. Mrs. Botkin was educated at Winchester, and at Muncie has become identified with the High Street Methodist Episcopal Church and is active in musical and other organizations. Doctor and Mrs. Botkin have two sons, Charles Thomas and Clyde Garrett, who are students in the Central High School and both are planning to follow their father's example in the choice of a profession, thus becoming representatives of the fourth generation of the family in medicine and surgery.
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