Thursday, April 12, 2012

Dr. Maro J. Love, Leading Physician

Dr. Maro J. Love was born on June 20, 1848 in Coshocton County, Ohio to Thomas and Miranda (Jones) Love. He was educated at Baldwin-Wallace University, the Long Island College, and the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. After practicing medicine briefly in Coshocton County and in Monroeville, he moved to Bloomingville, Ohio in 1879. Dr. Love practiced medicine in Bloomingville for forty six years. He also was a Representative to the Ohio General Assembly from 1894 to 1898. On December 15, 1874, Dr. Love took as his bride Miss Carrie Delamatre. They celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in 1924. Dr. Love was active in several Masonic bodies, the Knights of the Maccabees, and the Erie County Medical Society. He was a member of the Bloomingville Methodist Church. On April 12, 1926, Dr. M.J. Love passed away at his home in Bloomingville, after a lengthy illness. He was buried in the Sand Hill Cemetery. Dr. Love was survived by his widow, two sons, Clayton and Clifford, a brother, and three sisters. He was one of the oldest and best known physicians in the Firelands, and he was greatly missed.

My Great Grandma, Ada Steen Parker, kept the obituary of Dr. M.J. Love in her scrapbook. In true Yankee style, she pasted newspaper articles in an old copy of the Congressional Record. According to another old news clipping, in 1923, Ada Parker was severely burned by steam from a kerosene stove. Dr. Love came to the house to treat her, and she never had any lasting scars from the accident.

Several members of the Love family are buried at the Sand Hill Cemetery in Groton Township of Erie County, Ohio. Rev. Herbert J. Thompson officiated at the funeral of Dr. M. J. Love.Obituaries for Dr. M.J. Love appeared in the April 13 and April 14, 1926 issues of the Sandusky Register.

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