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JOSEPH M. GRANDISON


Dr. Joseph Meredith Grandison, of Lester, W. Va., is a native of the State, having been born at the little mining town of Quinnmont, on the C. & O. R. R. The date of his birth was January 23, 1881. So it will be seen that he is just turning into his forties ( he looks younger), but he has built a practice of which a man of sixty might well be proud. His father, Joseph Grandison, was a laborer at the coke ovens. The name of his mother before her marriage was Louise Burroughs.

As a boy, he pursued his studies in the local public school and when he had passed through the grades, he went to the West Virginia Collegiate Institute for his normal and academic courses. When ready for his medical course, he matriculated at Leonard Medical College of Shaw University, Raleigh, N. C., where he won his M.D. degree in 1904. This simple narrative of his schooling, however, from the beginning in the public school to the completion of his medical course, convoys no idea of the manner in which his education was secured, for he was under the necessity of making his own way, and these early days--even from childhood were days of hard work and close economy. But year after year he worked in and around the mines and what he made he invested in his education. His contact with a local White physician first gave him the idea of studying medicine. After his graduation he went to Raleigh County, and while he was the first Colored physician to practice in that county, he remained there only a short time, and went to Oak Hill in Fayette County, where he practiced for two years. At the end of that time he went to Oklahoma and while he was west of the Mississippi, practiced in Oklahoma two years, Kansas two years and Kansas City, Mo. a year and a half. He built up a successful practice at Kansas City, but in 1910 decided to return to West Virginia. Accordingly he closed up there and located at Lester, where he has since resided and carried on a general practice which has grown to large proportions. It is significant of the man and his methods that most of his practice is White.

On April 3, 1906, Dr. Grandison married Miss Ida Hawkins, who was educated at Oak Hill Institute. They have two children, Ailwen and Elmira Grandison. The Grandisons live in an attractive home on a commanding site high above the town of Lester. Here one gets a fine view of the town and the beautiful landscape for miles around. Dr. Grandison was active in college athletics while in school, playing both baseball and football. He is a versatile man and takes an active interest in growing things about the place. His favorite reading, after his professional books, runs to fiction. He is a member of the Baptist church and in politics he is a Republican. He belongs to both the State and National Medical Societies and to the Masonic Order.

He is and has been an intelligent observer and student of affairs and believes that the primary needs of the race have to do with education and wealth, especially homes and real estate.


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