Marcus Fulton Crain, M. D.

Source: 1880 Atlas of Steuben County, IN p.13 c.2

Among the energetic progressive and successful physicians of Steuben County, we may safely place Dr. Crain. He was born in Steuben County, Ind., November 6, 1848, and is the oldest in a family of ten children, all of whom are living. His father, A. D. Crain is a native of Ontario, Canada of Welsh descent, and his mother, Harriet Crain nee Perry, was born in Connecticut, of English origin. His grandparents on his fatherís side, moved from Canada to Ypsilanti, Michigan, in 1834, and to this county in 1838, settling in Pleasant Township. His maternal grandparents (the Perry's) moved from Connecticut to the same point in Michigan in 1831, and to this vicinity in 1839. His grandparents are all dead, with the exception of his paternal grandmother, who still resides in this county. While in Michigan, the doctorís parents attended the same school and there began the friendship which ripened into warmer affections after years and which was consummated by marriage in this county, where both are still living in the enjoyment of wedded happiness and a large and happy family.

The Doctorís youth was spent in the general routine of farm life, attending the district school and afterward the Angola High School which completed his literary and scientific education. In the spring of 1870, he entered the office of Dr. C. D. Rice, a leading physician in Angola and began his study of medicine. Here he remained three years, inside of which time he attended a course of lectures in 1871, at the Indiana Medical College in Indianapolis, and in 1872-73 he attended lectures in the same college, graduating the latter year as M. D. He returned to Angola and began the practice of his profession, which his preceptor, Dr. Rice, with whom he remained a short time; then began practice by himself which he has since continued.

He is a member of the Steuben County Medical Society, of which he was President for two years from 1876-1878; is a member of the Indiana State Medical Society; Vice-President of the Northeastern Indiana Medical Society and a member of the Tri-State Medical Society, embracing Northeastern Indiana, Southern Michigan and Northwestern Ohio. In 1877, he was a delegate from the State Society to the American Medical Association. He was secretary of the Angola Literary and Scientific Institute from 1875-1877.

When Dr. Crain graduated, he was elected by the students to deliver the valedictory address before the Studentsí Association of the College and after graduation was elected President of the Alumni Association and as such delivered the annual address the following year, both addresses being published in the Indiana Medical Journal.

In the Winter of 1878, he delivered a course of lectures in the Fort Wayne Medical College, and in the Fall of 1879, was appointed Adjunct Professor of Theory and Practice in the Medical College of Fort Wayne, which position he now occupies. In the Spring of 1879, he received his Ad Eundem degree from the Medical Department of Butler University.

Dr. Crain is an earnest student, and leaves nothing undone that should be done, toward fitting himself for the arduous duties of his profession. He is careful, attentive and painstaking with every patient and his medical operations and labors have been, as a rule, crowned with success. He is kind to the afflicted, cheering his suffering patients by earnest sympathy, which creates an honest hope of a speedy recovery. In everyday life, he is courteous and gentlemanly toward friend and stranger alike, and judging by the past and present, his future looks bright and promising for a successful professional career.