Name:
George Henry Overholt 
Location served:
Wheatley  
Years in Practice:
1866 to 1928
Area of Specialization:
Family Physician and Surgeon  

Biography:

Dr. George Henry Overholt was born on the 7th of March, 1842 near Beamsville, Ontario.  He was the second of 8 children born to Mark Overholt and the former Catherine Gilmore.   His parents farmed in Lincoln County which is near Beamsville and now known as the Regional Municipality of Niagara.  Dr. Overholt’s siblings were; Alfred, Almeda, Albert, Frank, Peter, Jane and Nathan.  Dr. Overholt’s father died in Romney Twp near Wheatley on the 11th of May, 1888.  At the time of his death he was living with Dr. Overholt’s brother, Frank.

Dr. Overholt married Charlotte Harriett Warren on the 6th of May, 1865 in Wentworth County, Ontario.  She was born on the 6th of May, 1841 in Quebec.  Her parents were William Henry Warren and the former Harriett Greenslade.  Her father was a church organist at Christ Church Cathedral in Montreal.

Dr. Overholt graduated M.D. from the Albany Medical College, (University of Albany) in 1866.  Dr. and Mrs. Overholt settled in Wheatley.  Dr. Overholt was listed in Wheatley, in the 1869 Province of Ontario Gazetteer and Directory.  Dr. Overholt is also mentioned in Wheatley Story, a publication by Rita Lobzun.  At the time the community had a population of approximately 150 persons.  Dr. and Mrs. Overholt had a 5 year old son George Alison Overholt who died on the 10th of September, 1869. He was buried at Erie Cemetery in Wheatley.  It states on the death record, that their son was born in Beamsville, Ontario.  Another son, Richard Thomas was born to them while they were living in Wheatley in 1869.

In 1870, the family immigrated to Madelia, Minnesota, where Dr. Overholt hung out his shingle to practice medicine.  Dr. and Mrs. Overholt had a daughter Laura Grace Overholt born in 1873 and a daughter Stella was born in 1874.  Another child, with the initials of G. H. was born on the 4th of June 1875.  Their son Charlie was born on the 19th of July, 1876 and Nellie was born on the 22nd of December, 1879.

Dr. Overholt served as Superintendent of Schools for Madelia from 1875 to 1877.

On September 7th, 1876, Jesse James and the Younger brothers attempted to rob the Northfield Minnesota First National Bank.  According to Cole Younger who wrote in his autobiography, (The Story of Cole Younger), a Dr. H. M Wheeler had observed suspicious activity and alerted citizens nearby of the robbery.  Two persons were shot and killed by the bank robbers and they fled with no money.  According to Cole Younger, they were spotted in the Madelia area on the 21st of September, 1876 and a posse was formed to capture the fugitives.   Dr. Overholt was part of the posse that went in pursuit of the bank robbers.  Indeed, Dr. Overholt shot at Cole Younger, but missed.  There is an unconfirmed family story, that Cole Younger shot at Dr. Overholt and it struck a pocket watch, which saved his life.  The posse of men from Madelia captured the criminals.

By 1885, Dr. and Mrs. Overholt had moved to Kenyon, Goodhue Co., Minnesota, where Dr. Overholt continued to practice medicine.  According to the 1895 census, Dr. Overholt was living in Kenyon with his wife Charlotte (who listed her occupation as a music teacher) and their children Grace, Charley and Nellie.  Directly below the census account for Dr. Overholt is his son, Richard, who was living independently with his wife Jennie and their infant son Archibald.  Richard’s occupation was listed as a druggist.  This census also confirms that Richard was born in Ontario.  The 1905 U.S. census placed Dr. and Mrs. Overholt on Redwing Ave., in Kenyon.

Dr Overholt’s son Richard grew up to become a “druggist” in Goodhue, Minnesota.  He died in 1903.  Mrs. Overholt died on the 9th of April, 1906.  She was buried in the same plot as her son Richard at the Kenyon Cemetery.  Her son Charlie died on the 4th of September, 1918 and he was buried in the same plot.

Dr. Overholt married Betsy Groven in 1908.  She was born in Norway in 1865.  Dr. Overholt adopted her son, Clarence who was approximately 14 years old at the time.  According to the 1910 census, Dr. Overholt was still a practicing physician in Kenyon.  He appears under the Kenyon subtitle in the 1922 Minneapolis, Minnesota City Directory.  It does not identify an address, just his occupation as a physician.  According to the 1923 University of Michigan, College List of Students, Dr. Overholt was also a Justice of the Peace and an insurance agent.

Dr. Overholt died on the 23rd of February, 1928 in Kenyon, Minnesota.  He was buried next to his first wife Charlotte at the Kenyon Cemetery.  Betsy Groven Overholt died in 1934 and she was buried next to her first husband, Knute Groven.