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Hector Physicians
The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
Chapter XXX
p. 732-733

Harry Lee D'Arms, M. D., was born in Stillwater, Minn., May 14, 1868, son of John and Mary (Wheeler) D'Arms. He attended the public schools of his locality and graduated from the Stillwater High school. Then he entered the University of Michigan and during 1888-90 was a student in the medical department. In 1891 he entered the medical department of the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1892. He became an interne in the City hospital at Minneapolis, remaining for one year, and then went to the Iron Range where he followed his profession for five years at McKinley and Eveleth. For three years he was president of the council at Eveleth. In 1896 he came to Hector, opened an office, and has since continued in practice here. From 1910 to 1912 he was county coroner. Fraternally he is a thirty-second degree mason, and a member of the M. B. A. and M. W. A. of Hector. Dr. D'Arms was married Sept. 27, 1893, to Maude O. Brearley of Minneapolis.

Harry E. McKibben, M. D., a prominent physician and surgeon of Hector, was born in Douglas county, Minn., Oct. 24, 1880, son of Joseph and Louisa (Butler) McKibbin, the former a native of Illinois and the latter of Indiana. The parents were married in Douglas county where they engaged in farming until the spring of 1881 when they moved to Day county, South Dakota They were successful and representative people and there followed farming until the spring of 1903 when they retired and moved to Webster, South Dakota, where they now reside. They have the following children: Harry E., of Hector, Minn.; Guy, who now operates the farm in Day county, South Dakota; Addie, now wife of Emil F. Peterson, a miller of Webster, South Dakota; Ray, who is studying engineering at the University of Minnesota; and Lloyd, a student at the Webster (South Dakota) High school. Harry E. McKibben attended district school in Day county and entered the Webster High school where he graduated in 1900. He then attended the College of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Minnesota from which he graduated June 17, 1904. June 29, 1904, he came to Hector, where on July 7, he opened an office and engaged in the general practice of medicine and surgery. He had been very successful, has built up a good practice both in the city and the surrounding country, and specializes in diseases of the eye, ear, nose and throat. In 1910 he took a post-graduate course in general practice at the Chicago Postgraduate School and during the summers of 1911 and 1912 he took post-graduate courses in the Eye, Ear and Throat College at Chicago. Dr. McKibben owns a sightly residence in Hector and is a member of the Commercial Club and of the Auotmobile Club. He has served on the board of health and is the surgeon of the C. M. & St. P. Railway Co. at Hector. Fraternally he is associated with the Hector Lodge 158, A. F. & A. M. He is a stockholder in the Hector Farmers Elevator and in the Hector Telephone Exchange. The family faith is that of the Methodist Episcopal church. Dr. McKibben was married June 18 1907, to Ella F. Lunder.

Wesley Smalley, native of Vermont, was born in 1849. At the age of eighteen he moved to Massachusetts, and one year after went to Kansas; attended Normal school, then taught for a time, before commencing the study of medicine; [graduated] from the medical department of the Iowa State University, and began practice at Nemaha, Kansas; from there he came to Hector in 1881. His influence on educational life in Hector was especially strong. After living in Hector a while he went away. Later he returned and practiced many years before removing to Seattle, Wash., where he died some two years ago.

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