W. M. SHEAN, physician and surgeon, was born in Somerset County, Me., September 24, 1818, and reared on a farm, was also for several years employed as a clerk in mercantile business, after which he turned his attention to teaching and followed that occupation about twelve years. At the age of twenty-four years and during a portion of the time he was engaged in teaching; he also studied medicine. In the spring of 1857, he came to Kansas, located in Gardner, Johnson County. For the first five years he farmed and practiced, since then has devoted himself entirely to his profession. The doctor was elected in the fall of 1861, to the State Legislature, and served one term. He is a member of the State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. In 1870, he went to St. Louis Medical College, and graduated in the spring of 1872. The subject of our sketch was married in Somerset County, Me., in November, 1840, to Anstres Dudley. They have three children – Myra D., Chandler M. D. and Edward F., engaged in the drug business at this place.
As you may notice from Bro. Shean’s headstone he was also a member of the local IOOF (Independant Order of Odd Fellows).