From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

pages 439-440



William Henry Waller, M. D., is one of the most popular and successful physicians of Steuben County.  Few have risen so rapidly as he to the prominence he has attained.  His natural taste for the profession added to a liberal education fitted him for the commencement of his practice, and constant study and experience have perfected his knowledge.  His kind, sympathetic disposition and calm, dignified bearing make his presence in the sick room welcome to the patient and reassuring to the friends.  Straight-forward and honorable in all his dealings, he is esteemed alike by his brother practitioners and those with whom he has any transaction.  Plain and unassuming in his manner, modest and retiring in habits, he is nevertheless possessed of a strong determination, which is the precursor of success.  He is polite and courteous to rich and poor alike, and his services are never denied to those from whom he expects no remuneration.  Dr. Waller was born in Richland Township, Steuben Co., Ind., Nov. 3, 1849, a son of Garrett and Jane (Sinkey) Waller, natives of Ohio, who moved to Steuben County in 1846.  He is the eldest of eight children, three sons and five daughters.  His summers in early life were spent on the farm, attending school in the winter.  He began teaching when nineteen years of age, and taught four consecutive winters.  In the meantime he had resolved to become a physician and in May, 1871, he began reading medicine.  In 1872 he entered Detroit Medical College, one of the best institutions of the kind in the country, and attended two courses of lectures, 1872-'73 and 1873-'74, graduating as a physician and surgeon March 4, 1874.  He immediately located in Angola where he has since resided.  He is a member of the Steuben County Medical and Surgical Society, the Northeastern Indiana Medical Society, the Southern Michigan Medical Society and the American Medical Association.  In the fall of 1878 he took a special course of lectures on the treatment of the diseases of women at the Detroit Medical College, and in 1880 attended lectures on the same subject at the Chicago Medical College.  Dr. Waller was married at Metz, Ind., April 15, 1875, to Amanda Ferrier, daughter of William and Olive M. Ferrier, and a native of Steuben County, born March 8, 1853.  They have two children -- Zora, born March 1, 1876, and William F., born May 1, 1881.



Submitted by Kim Davoli