Shelby  County  Indiana

Robert  W.  Gehres

          Dr. Robert W. Gehres  is a talented physician and surgeon, a native of Indiana, and has built up a fine reputation and a large practice since locating at Shelbyville.
          He was born in Carroll County, Indiana, June 26, 1897, son of  Rev. A. W. Gehres and Maud M. (Sharp) Gehres.  The Gehres family left Germany to escape the religious persecutions of that country and settled in Pennsylvania about 1746.  The Sharp family went to Virginia, establishing a home in that colony about 1748.  Doctor Gehres' grandfather, Godfrey Gehres, was a native of Pennsylvania and moved to Indiana about 1850.  He was a farmer.  Rev. A. W. Gehres spent his active life in the ministry of the Christian Church and in educational work.  He was born in Carroll County, Indiana, and at one time was nominated on the Prohibition ticket for the office of lieutenant governor.  His wife, Maud M. Sharp, was a native of Clinton County, Indiana.
          Dr. Robert W. Gehres was one of a family of nine children.  He graduated from the Mulberry High School in Clinton County, Indiana, following which he spent two years in a general course in Indiana University.  He left school as soon as America declared war on Germany, in April,1917, enlisted in the Heavy Artillery Corps, but in October, 1917, was transferred to the Medical Corps and was in that service until after the armistice.  On returning to Indiana he resumed his studies at Indiana University, in the school of medicine, and took his M. D. degree in 1925.  Doctor Gehres had two years of experience and training as an interne in the Indianapolis City Hospital.  In October, 1926, he located at Shelbyville, and has enjoyed a successful experience in his professional work and that community has accepted him as one of its very able and competent doctors.  He is a member of the staff of the local hospital and belongs to the Shelby County, Indiana State and American Medical Associations.  He is a member of the American Legion Post, is a Royal Arch Mason and is affiliated with the Kiwanis Club.
          Doctor Gehres married  Dorothy G. Hull, of St. Joseph County, Indiana.  They have two children, Richard Walter and Mary Emily.
INDIANA ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS OF AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT,  Vol. 3, By Charles Roll, A.M.,  The Lewis Publishing Company, 1931
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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