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All four sons of one of Central Oregon's earliest doctors, Horace Belknap, all became doctors as well

PHOTO COURTESY OF BOWMAN MUSEUM - A photo of the Belknap brothers shows Hobart and Wilford in back and Horace and Leland in front.

Dr. Horace Belknap was among the earliest doctors to practice medicine in Central Oregon. He was a young doctor in Prineville when he met and eventually married Wilda Ketchum. Horace and Wilda had four sons. Horace Jr. was born on Jan. 29, 1890; Wilford was born on Sept. 21, 1892; Leland was born on Oct. 2, 1894; and Hobart was born on Oct. 19, 1896.

All four boys attended schools in Prineville. All were exceptional students while attending grade school and high school. Horace Jr. attended medical school and enlisted in the service during World War I and served as a first lieutenant in the medical corps. He later was a practicing surgeon in Nampa, Idaho. Wilford first studied law and switched to medicine. He also served in the service during World War I. He became a practicing physician in Portland. Leland became a practicing physician in Portland. Hobart was attending the University of Oregon studying medicine when he enlisted in the service during World War I. He served 18 months in France. After the war he continued his studies in medicine and became a practicing physician.

It was a remarkable accomplishment that all four of the Belknap sons became doctors. Although they were mostly in different locals of the country, they continued their fathers' pioneer doctor heritage. They were all well respected not only in their field of medicine but as contributors to the local communities in which they lived.

Horace, Jr. died on May 19, 1960 and is buried Nampa, Idaho. Wilford died on July 29, 1976 in Portland Oregon. Leland passed away on Jan. 24, 1957 in Portland. Hobart died on April 2, 1971 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.


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