Dr. F. L. Wilmeth
Called By Death
Lincoln Physician Since
1898 Passes Away at
Age of 66.
Dies After Short Illness
At Esther’s Hospital
Which He Founded.
Dr. Frank L. Wilmeth, 66, for thirty years one of Lincoln’s most widely knonwn physicians, died at 5:45 Thursday morning at Esther’s hospital, an institution which he had founded twenty years ago. He had been in poor health for two years, but had been seriously ill only since Sunday evening.
He was associated with his two sons, Dr. O. F. and Dr. Hal D. Wilmeth, in the hospital at the time of his death. He had worked with Dr. Hal Wilmeth in performing an operation Sunday, but was taken ill later in the evening.
Dr. Wilmeth was graduated from the Lincoln Medical college in 1894, going to Eagle to begin practicing. He returned to Lincoln in 1898 and had practiced here since that time. He became prominent in the educational field and was connected with the Lincoln Medical college for many years.
Graduate Lincoln School
He was born August 19, 1862, at Salem, Ia., the son of William H. and Esther C. Wilmeth. He attended the public schools at Salem and later Whittier college, a Quaker school there, and afterward taught school in Henry county, Iowa, for two years, and for three years at Arapahoe, Neb. He then entered the Lincoln Medical college.
Upon coming to Lincoln Dr. Wilmeth was made superintendent of the Lincoln Medical College hospital. During 1904-05 he lectured on anatomy and for several years thereafter held various teaching positions. He had been made a member of the board of directors of the institution in 1896 and treasurer in 1898. From 1901 until 1904 he served as president of the college and later was elected dean for a period of two years.
Dr. Wilmeth went to Chicago in 1907 and took a post-graduate course at the Bennett Medical college. Later, in 1914, he went to Europe and studied for a time in England. He was president of the National Eclectic Medical association in 1913 and had been active in the work of the organization since then.
Director Cotner College
He was a member of the Nebraska State Medical association. Dr. Wilmeth was elected to membership on the board of directors of Cotner college in 1901, a position which he held until the time of his death.
Dr. Wilmeth belonged to a number of fraternal organizations, among them being the Masonic order and the Knights of Pythias. He was a Scottish Rite and York Rite Mason and a Shriner. He was also a member of the chamber of commerce and of the Christian church.
In 1889 Dr. Wilmeth married Miss Jessie Drummond at Arapahoe. Four children were born to them, three of whom survive him.
Dr. Wilmeth is survived by his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Earle Hildebrand; two sons, Dr. O. F. and Dr. Hal D., all of Lincoln, and three sisters, Mrs. Hattie Fetz and Mrs. John Scarborough of Lincoln, and Mrs. Walter McMichael of Valley, Neb.
The body is at Castle, Roper and Matthews’ chapel pending funeral arrangements.
The Lincoln Star 26():1 Thursday, September 13, 1928
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