G. W. N. Elders, M. D., was born in Ste. Genevieve County, Mo., May 11, 1842 and is a son of Jesse and Elizabeth (Vandiver) Elders, of Scotch and German descent, respectively, and natives of America. He was reared
on a farm, where he remained until his nineteenth year, receiving his
literary education in the common schools and by private instruction. He enlisted (as G. W. Elders) in Company K, Thirty-fifth Regiment Missouri
Volunteer Infantry, Union army, and served ten months, being discharged on
account of disability. In May, 1863 he entered upon the study of medicine
under the preceptorship of Dr. E. N. Jennings, of Victoria. After taking
one course of lectures, in 1865-66 he commenced the practice of medicine
as an undergraduate, at Cedar Hill, Jefferson County, continuing the same
for about six years, after which he attended the Missouri Medical College,
at St. Louis, where he graduated in 1872-73. He removed from Cedar Hill
to Hematite in the fall of 1881, where he has since been engaged in active
practice. July 4, 1866 he married Amanda M. Null, who was born August 12,
1849 and is a daughter of John W. Null, Sr. of Jefferson County. To Dr.
and Mrs. Elders have been born ten children, nine of whom still live.
Nina E. E., born August 7, 1867 died August 26, 1868; Rosa A., born March 24,
1869; Louisa M., born October 3, 1870; George W. N., Jr., born May 31, 1872;
William H., born April 2, 1874; Ellena M., born October 5, 1875; Lucy L., born March 8, 1878; Francis C., born April 11, 1880; John W. N., born September 2,
1883; Jessie M., born March 10, 1887. The Doctor is a member of the A. O. U. W.,
and he and wife and two eldest daughters are connected with the Christian Church.
In political matters he is a Democrat. He is the owner of three houses and lots
in the village in which he resides. His medical education was acquired by his
own exertions, his sole capital being a suit of clothes and $40 in money. He now
enjoys a good practice, and has considerable money drawing interest.