Edgar W. Smoot

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III, pg. 119

EDGAR W. SMOOT, M. D., one of the skilled physicians
and surgeons, and a member of the staff of the Danville
Hospital and a veteran of the World war, is specializing
with remarkable success in children’s diseases, with offices
at Madison. He was born in Boone County, March 29,
1870, a son of Daniel and Mary Alice (Atkins) Smoot,
both of whom were born in West Virginia. Doctor Smoot
comes of English and Dutch descent, the Smoot family be-
ing an old one in Virginia and the Atkins family is also
prominent in Virginia.

D. J. Smoot, son of William and Martha Smoot, was
born near Ballardsville, Logan County, Virginia, now Madi-
son, West Virginia, November 10, 1843, and died February
7, 1918. He served in the Confederate Army in the com-
pany known as the Logan Wildcats, was at Appomattox
when Lee surrendered, and received an honorable discharge,
which he prized very highly. He married Mary Alice At-
kins on January 17, 1867. To this union were born five
children, three sons and two daughters: W. W. Smoot, of
Danville, West Virginia; Dr. E. W. Smoot, of Madison,
West Virginia; D. A. Smoot, of Danville, West Virginia;
Mrs. W. W. Hall, of Stallings, West Virginia; and Mrs. M.
J. Hopkins, of Sumner, Ohio. There are nine grandchil-
dren. Mr. Smoot was a democrat in politics, always active
in support of the principles in which he believed, and was
twice elected clerk of the County Court of Boone County.
He was a member of the Baptist Church, having united
with that organization thirty-five years ago, and lived a con-
sistent Christian life. He belonged to the Order of Odd
Fellows, American Mechanics and Improved Order of Red
Men. He is survived by his wife and children, all of whom
were with him at his death.

>From childhood Doctor Smoot possessed the ambition to
fit himself for the medical profession, and in order to ob
tain the money necessary for his long courses first pre
pared himself for that of teaching by supplementing his
common-school training with two terms at the State Nor-
mal School at Athens, West Virginia. There he took a gen-
eral academic course and secured his teacher’s certificate.
For four years he taught school in Boone County, and
then, going to Louisville, Kentucky, took up the study of
medicine at the Kentucky School of Medicine, from which
he was graduated in 1897 with the degree of Doctor of
Medicine. Immediately thereafter he established himself in
a general practice at Madison, Boone County. Becoming
interested in that branch of his profession which deals with
children’s diseases, he did post-graduate work in Louisville
in 1899, and again in that city about 1909, and is now spe-
cializing on the subject, although he still conducts his gen-
eral practice, his former patients being unwilling to dis-
pense with his services.

During the late war Doctor Smoot enlisted in the Medi-
cal Corps and was stationed in the Embarkation Hospital
at Newport News, with the rank of first lieutenant. Here
he spent seven months, receiving his honorable discharge
in December, 1918, but was almost immediately stricken,
was taken to Charleston, West Virginia, where he remained
until July, 1919, when his health was sufficiently regained
for him to return home.

In 1913 Doctor Smoot married at Charleston, West Vir-
ginia, Miss Rosalie Zinn, a daughter of James B. Zinn, of
Spencer, West Virginia. Mr. Zinn and his wife were both
born in West Virginia. He is a stone mason and farmer.
Doctor and Mrs. Smoot have no children. He belongs to
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of
Pythias, the Improved Order of Red Men and the Fraternal
Order of Eagles. With the exception of three years in the
coal fields of Blair and the period of his war service Doc-
tor Smoot’s professional life has been spent at Madison,
and his is a familiar figure in Boone County. Both as a
physician and personally he has won the warm friendship
of all classes, and is recognized as a skillful practitioner
and an expert in his specialty. As a citizen he has never
shirked his duty, but striven to give to his community a
loyal service, and has always placed his professional skill
and knowledge at the disposal of the officials whenever
necessary. He is an honor to his calling and his state, and
there are many of the veterans of the World war, now
scattered all over the country, who have cause to remember
with grateful appreciation his efficient service at the time
this country was at war.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook