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. G. Ivan Pohek, physician and surgeon at Pittsburg, Kansas, is one of the best equipped and most able men of his profession in southeastern Kansas. The medical schools of Europe, and those of Austria in particular, have long taken precedence over all other institutions for medical and scientific study and research, and Dr. Pohek had the advantage of a number of years' preparation in the best of those institutions. He has been located in Pittsburg for about a year, and has already gained a large clientage. He is an ardent devotee of his profession from the mere love of it aside from its providing him a livelihood and his deep knowledge and skill and experience have combined with his genial characteristics as a gentleman to rapidly bring him to the front in the professional work.

Dr. Pohek was born in Austria in 1854. His bent toward medicine was early taken advantage of, and after a thorough general education he was placed in a medical school. He graduated in 1873 from the famous medical department of the University of Vienna, and for the following year was an interne in the Allgemines Krankenhaus in Vienna. He came to the United States in 1876, and for six years was engaged in practice in San Francisco. He then returned to Europe for further scientific preparation, and became a student in the Maximilian Ludwig Medical College at Munich, where he graduated in 1884. He then returned to the United States and practiced successively at Omaha, at Fort Riley, Kansas, and at Kansas City, having built up a large business in the latter city. He came to Pittsburg in 1903, and at once found favor with those needing a high degree of medical and surgical skill. He has a thoroughly equipped laboratory and pharmacy, and dispenses his own medicines. He has all the modern appliances and facilities so valuable to the present-day practitioner, such as the X-rays, the violet rays and complete electrical apparatus. Dr. Pohek is a man of broad and generous proportions in every way, being a distinguished gentleman in social intercourse, a man of ample means and unusually successful in his profession, and is one of the most able scholars in this part of the state, having command over a dozen languages.

In 1894 Dr. Pohek was elected president of the Kansas Physicians' Association, and served as such for two years. His wife is Mrs. E. Nevada (Schoshusen) Pohek, and they have two children, Ralph Byron and Margarita.