Biography of John Emmett Gable, M.D., D.O.

Dr. John Emmett Gable was a renowned osteopathic and general physician who rose to eminence in his chosen field of endeavor. Born in 1867 in Guernsey County, Ohio, he graduated from the American School of Osteopathy in 1902, before going on to complete his medical training at Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital in Chicago. He opened his own practice in Cambridge, Ohio, where he was known for his profound knowledge and expertise in osteopathy and homeopathy. This is a brief introduction to his life and career, which is detailed further in the following biography.

Among the professional men of Guernsey County who have risen to eminence in their chosen field of endeavor is Dr. John Emmett Gable of Cambridge, an osteopathic and general physician of more than ordinary talent and skill. His career has been that of a broad-minded, conscientious worker in the sphere to which his life and energies have been devoted, and whose profound knowledge of his profession has won for him a leading place among the most distinguished men of his class in eastern Ohio.

John E. Gable was born July 19, 1867, in Jackson Township, Guernsey County, and he is the son of Philip and Malissa (Jackson) Gable. The father was born in Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany, and he came from that country with his parents to America when two years old, and settled near Wheeling, West Virginia, though his residence was on Ohio soil, in Belmont County. Later, the family moved to near St. Clairsville in that county when Philip, the father, entered the Union army in 1861, in Company A, Twenty-fifth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, in which he served three years, then re-enlisted and served until the close of the war, participating in the Grand Review at Washington. He participated in twenty-two battles, many of them the greatest of the war, including Gettysburg, and he is one of three survivors of that battle now residing in Guernsey County. He performed his duty as a soldier in a most faithful manner.

He came to Guernsey County in 1865 and has resided here ever since. He is now living near Byesville. He engaged in farming and coal developing until a few years ago when he retired. His wife died in 1889. They were the parents of eleven children, eight of whom are living. John Emmett, of this review, being the oldest; Mary La Fonda; Joseph S., deceased; Ella Maude, married J.W. Croyle, a farmer in Jackson Township; Ira A. is farming in Jackson Township; Grace E. married Anson Frame, a farmer of Jackson Township and a mine superintendent; Clyde A., a physician of Chicago; Anna is living at home; Cora is deceased; Lola is deceased; Roy lives in Jackson Township. Philip Gable, the father of these children, has always been interested in public affairs and he is the only man living in Jackson Township who voted for Hon. Neal Dow, the Prohibition candidate for President. He was a war Democrat during the early sixties, but in recent years he has been a Republican. He is a highly respected citizen and has a host of friends throughout the county.

Dr. John E. Gable, of this review, obtained a public school education in Jackson Township and he worked on the farm during his youth. From the time he was seventeen years old he worked in the coal mines, after which he entered Doan Academy at Granville, Ohio, where he remained three years. He then went to Kirksville, Missouri, and became a student of the American School of Osteopathy, graduating from that institution in 1902. In the same year, he went to Chicago to practice, and he took a course in the Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital of Chicago, from which institution he was graduated in 1909. He came to Cambridge, Ohio, March 1, 1910, and opened offices in the Central Bank building, and he practices both osteopathy and homeopathy, being well prepared in every respect for these lines. His offices are thoroughly equipped for the practice and care of patients, with an X-ray apparatus and all modern appliances and instruments for surgical work. He keeps well abreast of the times in all modern research work pertaining to these professions and has been very successful since coming here.

Politically, Dr. Gable is a Republican, and while not active, he is always interested in public matters. He is a member of the Masonic Order, Point Pleasant Lodge No. 312, and also the Knights of Pythias Lodge at Wilmington, Illinois. He is a member of the National Osteopathic Association.

Dr. Gable was married June 16, 1896, to Hattie Mabel Wilson, daughter of Joshua and Rachel (Mercer) Wilson, of Jackson Township. Her father was a farmer of that township and he died about thirty years ago; his widow is still living. To Dr. and Mrs. Gable, one daughter, Vertine La Fonda, was born. The wife and mother was called to her rest on May 26, 1910. She was a highly educated, cultured, and refined lady, a graduate of the art department of Sheppardson College at Granville, Ohio, also a graduate of the American School of Osteopathy at Kirksville, Missouri, and she practiced with her husband. Before her marriage, she was a successful and progressive teacher for a number of years. She was a favorite with a wide circle of friends and admired by all for her superior attributes of head and heart. She was a member of the Baptist Church and prominent in social life. The Doctor is also a member of the Baptist Church.


Sarchet, Cyrus P. B. (Cyrus Parkinson Beatty). History of Guernsey County, Ohio. Vol. 2, B.F. Bowen & Company, 1911.

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