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Below is a family biography included in History of Shawnee County, Kansas and Representative Citizens by James L. King, published by Richmond & Arnold, 1905.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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C. F. Menninger, M. D., one of the leading professional men of Topeka, president of the Board of Health and officially connected with numerous medical and charitable institutions in this city, was born July 11, 1862, in Indiana.

After completing the public school course in his native place, he came under the personal instruction of Rev. Richard Totten for three years, a period that the Doctor considers a very valuable portion of his life. He then entered Central Normal School, Danville, Indiana, where he was graduated with the degree of B. S. Then entering Campbell University at Holton, Kansas, he secured his degree of Master of Arts and in 1889, at Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital, Chicago, he was graduated in medicine. His locating at Topeka was the result of his having spent the summer vacation of 1887 and 1888 here. In 1889 he decided to make this city the scene of his professional work. In 1891 he opened an office in the front part of the building at No. 727 Kansas avenue, but he subsequently changed to the rear rooms on the same floor, where he could have an abundance of light. He is centrally located and has a comfortable, convenient and well-equipped set of apartments. He is a general practitioner and is also a member of the staff of Christ’s Hospital, having charge of the obstetrical work. He is also president of the Board of Health, ex-officio president of the Board of Plumbing Examiners, and a member of the executive committee of the Topeka Orphans’ Home. He is also physician for the Lutheran Orphans Asylum.

In 1885 Dr. Menninger was married to Flo V. Knisely, and they have three sons, viz.: Carl A., Edwin A. and William Clair. Their beautiful home is situated at No. 1251 Topeka avenue. Mrs. Menninger is well known in Topeka as a lady of culture and one whose study of the Holy Scriptures has made a great demand upon her as a teacher. She now devotes a large part of her time to teaching the Bible, two days of the week being entirely given up to her large classes, among which are numbered 200 of the ladies of Topeka. Mrs. Menninger is gifted with a clear understanding and the faculty of imparting knowledge.

Dr. Menninger belongs to numerous medical organizations, including the Kansas State and the Missouri Valley homeopathic medical associations, and the American Institute of Homeopathy,—the national body of that school. He is a member of the board of directors of the Free Public Library and of the Academy of Science. His fraternal connection is with the Ancient Order of United Workmen. He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the chorister of the Sunday-school. This brings us to note the Doctor’s love for and proficiency in music. If he has any other hobby, it is the culture, of lilies. When relieved from professional cares, he is very apt to be found absorbed in finding new beauties in his valuable collection of choice flowers, or in the enjoyment of musical compositions, either in his own refined home or elsewhere. The pursuit of these tastes serve to relieve the mental strain and physical weariness which attend, more or less, the life of every faithful physician.

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