Dr. Harry E. Sharrer, Orak’s 1st Potentate

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Dr. Harry E. Sharrer, for nearly a decade a leading physician and surgeon of Hammond, Indiana, is a man of striking personality and high professional ability, and has made his mark in this thriving Lake county town in many different ways. He took up the practice of medicine in Hammond almost immediately after his graduation at an early age from college, and in the few years that have since elapsed has risen to a foremost place in the ranks of the medical fraternity.

Dr. Sharrer is a young man of great versatility of talents, and while he has done well to reach his present prominence as a physician and surgeon, his accomplishments and value as a citizen are not measured by his professional skill and ability. He is a popular member of social and fraternal circles, and a leader in many of the social functions and entertainments.

He takes an active part in practical politics, especially those of his town and county, and in many ways has served his fellow citizens and his fellow partisans. He is also a talented musician. He is highly deserving of honor for his true manhood and many-sided and upright character. While giving a due share of his energies and enthusiasm to the life work whereby he intends to prove his greatest usefulness in the world and provide for his own material needs, he has also recognized the multifarious interests which engage human society on every hand and which likewise lay claim to man’s endeavor, and thus has arrived at the happy mean in which he can best serve himself and his fellow men.

Dr. Sharrer was born in Bowen, Illinois, June 11, 1873, and may be said to have inherited the profession of medicine from his father. He is a grandson of an early Illinois pioneer, who was born in Pennsylvania and was a general merchant in Bowen, Illinois, where he died at the age of sixty years; his wife died at the age of seventy-nine years, and they were the parents of three daughters and two sons.

Dr. Wilbur F. Sharrer, the father of Dr. Sharrer, was born in Juniata county, Pennsylvania. He was living in that state at the time of the Civil war, and during that conflict served in both the cavalry and infantry arms of the military, being in the Twenty-second and Seventy-seventh Pennsylvania regiments.

He was twice wounded, and entered as a private and was promoted through the different grades to lieutenant. Right after the war he moved to Bowen, Illinois, and taught school, and also studied medicine in the Keokuk (Iowa) Medical College. He began practice in Bowen, and in the spring of 1874 came to Indiana and located at Rockfield, where he remained until 1881, when he moved to Delphi, where he has practiced ever since. He has been on the pension examining boar for about twenty years. He and his wife are Presbyterians, and are both of Scotch-Irish stock. He married Catharine E. Moore, a native of Juniata county, Pennsylvania, and one of the two sons and three daughters of a native farmer of Juniata county, who died when about sixty-six years old. Five children were born to Wilbur F. and Catharine Sharrer, two sons and three daughters, and the two now living are Ella B. and Dr. Sharrer.

Harry E. Sharrer was reared in Rockfield and Delphi, Indiana, and attended the public schools of those places. In 1888 he entered Purdue University, and was graduated from the School of Pharmacy in 1891. For a time he held the position of manager and chemist of the Hoyt Chemical Company at Terre Haute, but in the same year entered the drug business at Delphi in partnership with M. M. Murphy, which they carried on for several years. In 1894 Mr. Sharrer entered the Medical College of Ohio, at Cincinnati, and remained until his graduation on April 9, 1896. On the 12th of the same month he opened his office in Hammond, and has been engaged in successful practice ever since.

April 12, 1898, Dr. Sharrer was married to Miss Lottie M. Weaver, of Burr Oak, Michigan, a daughter of Edward M. and Mabel Weaver. One daughter was born of this marriage, Anna Kathryn. Mrs. Sharrer died November 25, 1901, aged twenty-six years. She was a member of the Presbyterian church. On June 16, 1903, Dr. Sharrer married Miss Katharine Tracy, of St. Joseph, Missouri. They are both members of the Presbyterian church.

Dr. Sharrer affiliates with Garfield Lodge No. 569, F. & A. M., and was made a Mason in Delphi Lodge No. 516. He also belongs to Hammond Chapter No. 117, R. A. M., and Hammond Commandery No. 41, K. T. His further fraternal connections are with Hammond Lodge No. 210, K. of P., and with the Royal League and the Knights of Khorassan. He is a member and secretary of the Lake County Medical Society, is a member of the Kankakee Valley Medical Society, the Indiana State Medical Association and the American Medical Association, and is also a member of the executive committee of the National Association of Pension Examining Surgeons. Pie is president of the Hammond Club and a member of the Commercial Club of Hammond. He is a member of the Hammond Saengerbund, a German singing society, and ah honorary member of Barnie G. Young’s Concert Band of Hammond.

A stanch Republican in politics, Dr. Sharrer has been precinct committeeman, and is now a member of the county executive committee; is treasurer of the city Republican committee and president of the Hammond Young Men’s Republican Club.

He has been a delegate to the state Republican conventions for the past eight years. He also belongs to the Chicago Indiana Club. He lives at the corner of Hohman and Doty streets, where in 1897, 1898 and 1899 he built three residences, which he still owns. He is surgeon for five factories in the city of Hammond an is surgeon for the Monon Railroad.

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