A Twentieth century history and biographical record of Crawford County, Kansas, by Home Authors; Illustrated. Published by Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, IL : 1905. 656 p. ill. Transcribed by staff and students at Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas.

1905 History of Crawford County Kansas


Dr. Robert W. McLaren, a prominent physician and surgeon of Pittsburg, Kansas, has had an established practice in this city for about four years and is recognized as one of the foremost men in his profession in southeastern Kansas. He came to this city with the very best of equipment for his work, and has since exhibited the qualities of the true physician—a careful and conscientious devotion to his calling, a scientific and thorough knowledge of all its departments, a deep sympathy that makes him a friend as well as a scientific counselor, and a right appreciation of the nobleness of his profession as a factor for good to mankind.

Dr. McLaren was born in Glengarry county, Ontario, Canada, in 1872, being a son of Donald and Mary Ann (Johnson) McLaren, the former a native of Canada and of Scotch parentage and the latter a native of Ireland. Both the parents are still living in Canada, and his father is a carpenter and contractor.

Dr. McLaren received his early education in the country schools of Glengarry county, and was subsequently in school at Williamstown. From there he entered Queen's University at Kingston, Canada, where he spent three years in the department of liberal arts. He then matriculated in the famous medical school of McGill University, at Montreal, where he was graduted June 17, 1898. He then continued his professional training along practical lines by spending a year in the Royal Victorian Hospital at Montreal, and was then house surgeon in St. Luke's Hospital at Ottawa, in which position he gained most valuable experience in surgery. He decided to locate for permanent practice in the United States, and in the latter part of 1900 established himself at Pittsburg for the general practice of medicine. He has been very successful and has gained a large and high-class patronage. He still retains membership in the Canadian Medical Society.