WILLIAM MARSHALL GALLAHER, M.D.
Vol. 5, p. 1857
A specialist in the medical profession at Shawnee since 1909, whose practice is confined to diseases of the eye, ear, nose and throat, Doctor Gallaher has not only been a valuable professional man to this city, but has fitted in with all departments of civic progress, and has been especially enthusiastic as a worker in behalf of school improvement. He is now secretary of the board of education.
Born in Roane County, Tennessee, March 1, 1877, Doctor Gallaher is a member of a branch of a family that came originally from Ireland and first settled in Pennsylvania about Revolutionary times. From Pennsylvania one branch of the family moved to Tennessee, and another to Missouri. Doctor GallaherÂ’s father, D. H. Gallaher, was born in Knox County Tennessee, in 1836, and died in Roane County in 1904. His entire active career was spent as a farmer and stock raiser. For two years he was a soldier on the Southern side of the Civil war, and was wounded during the Shenandoah Valley campaign. In politics he was a democrat, was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and of the Masonic fraternity. He married Mattie OWEN, who was born in Tennessee and still resides on the old homestead in Roane County. Their children were: Lucy, wife of S. R. STEGALL, a feed and grain merchant at Chattanooga, Tennessee; Albert, who died in 1880; Daisy, who married C. W. LACKEY, a physician and surgeon in Texas, and both are now deceased; R.O., who is county engineer of Knox County, with home Knoxville, Tennessee; Mayme, who is a music teacher and makes her home with her mother in Tennessee; G. H., a farmer and stockman in Roane County; Dr. William Marshall; Sally, wife of R. O. WHEELER, a former and stockman in Ellis County, Oklahoma; and Mattie, wife of Elmer SINEKNECHT, a mine operator at Oliver Springs, Tennessee.
Doctor Gallaher acquired a liberal education. He was reared on a farm, attended public schools in his native Roane County, graduated from Roane College in 1897, and from there entered Chattanooga Medical College, where he graduated M.D. with the class of 1900. In the fifteen years of his active practice Doctor Gallaher has extended his studies both privately and by attending at some of the leading institutions of the country. In 1907 and in 1908 he took post-graduate work in the ------- of Tulane University at New Orleans, specializing in eye, ear, nose and throat. He spent portions of the year 1909 and 1915 in the Chicago Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Infirmary. He did his first practice near Texarkana, Arkansas, and was engaged in general practice there until 1909. In March 1909, he came to Shawnee, and in this larger field has confined himself entirely to his specialty in the treatment of eye, ear, nose and throat. His offices are in the Mammoth Building. He is a member of the State and County Medical societies and is a Fellow in the American Medical Association.
Fraternally he is affiliated with Shawnee Lodge No. 107, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; Shawnee Chapter No. 31, Royal Arch Masons; Shawnee Commandery No. 36, Knights Templar; Indian Temple of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine at Oklahoma City; and the Shawnee organization of the Woodmen of World. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church, U.S., and is a member of the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce.
In July 1902, in Roane County, Tennessee, Doctor Gallaher married Miss Fannie B. SMITH. Her father, M. L. Smith, is a farmer in Knox County, Tennessee. To their marriage have been born three children: Clinton, now in the public schools at Shawnee; Paul Clark and Mary Lee.
SOURCE: Thoburn, Joseph B., A Standard History of Oklahoma, An Authentic Narrative of its Development, 5 v. (Chicago, New York: The American Historical Society, 1916)
Transcribed by: Earline Sparks Barger, April 2001.