J.W. Conway, M.D.
Reported by Katherine F. Berry
October 23, 1940
John William Conway was born in Union County, near
Spring grove five miles south of Morganfield, on October 16, 1872. He is
the son of John Williams and Barbara Ann (Davenport) Conway. He attended
elementary schools at Spring Grove and the private academy, collegiate
Institute, in Morganfield. He there spent two years at Bethel College,
Dr. Conway graduated from the Medical College at
the University of Louisville in 1898. He took a post graduate course at
the Polly Clinic in Chicago, Illinois in 1917.
He began the practice of medicine July 13, 1898
at Henshaw, Kentucky, was there six months, then moved to Spring Grove
in January 1899, practiced there until August 1906. From there he moved
to Morganfield to take up the practice of the late Dr. William Richards
who had been practicing in Morganfield for many years. The following year
Dr. Conway formed a partnership with Dr. R.H.C. Rhea, working with him
for one year, when Dr. Henry Allen bought Dr. R.H.C. Rhea's part, then
Conway and Allen worked together for ten years, dissolving partnership
in 1920. Since then Dr. Conway has continued to practice alone.
In the past forty two years Doctor Conway has noted
many changes in both the medical and surgical treatments. Several diseases
that were common and destructive to human life have been almost eliminated,
along with the horse and buggy days and the muddy roads.
Although the work has been hard Doctor Conway has
enjoyed it. He says that along with his patients he has felt every emotion
of sorrow and joy that comes with birth, death and living.
Doctor Conway has been married twice and while
not having any children of his own he has helped in rearing several.