DR. JOHN TREON, retired physician, Miamisburg. Of the pioneer medical men of Montgomery County, but few are left to tell of the trials and hardships of the early days, nearly all having long since been laid beneath the sod; but in the gentleman whose name heads this sketch we find the oldest living physician of the Miami Valley, one who practiced his profession in this county from 1811 up to 1872, in fact, we might almost say from the first settlement to the present time.
He was born in the town of Hamburg, Berks County, Penn., March 25, 1791, and is the son of Dr. Michael and Elizabeth (Selzer) Treon. When John was fourteen years old he began reading medicine in his father's office, afterward reading under the tutorship of Dr. De Weiss, one of the most prominent physicians of Philadelphia. In 1811, he, with his uncle, Peter Treon, started from Pennsylvania for Ohio, reaching the present site of Miamisburg October 3, of that year, traveling the entire distance on horseback. The Doctor served nine months as Surgeon in the war of 1812, and assisted in setting up the first picket of the fort built by Gen. Hull, at Greenville, Ohio. Upon arriving in Ohio, he was the possessor of 37 1/2 cents in money and a horse, on which he owed $50, but fortune favored him and he was soon able to join with his uncle, Peter, in purchasing 140 acres of land at 810 per acre, upon which they laid out a part of the present town of Miamisburg, in 1818. Dr. Treon's practice extended to a circuit of seventy miles, and was so extensive that he was compelled to keep horses stationed at different points in order to visit his patients, as one horse could not stand the long trips he made each day.
He was married, November 13, 1818, to Miss Eve Weimer, who died May 20, 1873, after a happy and prosperous union of fifty-four years. Dr. Treon married for his second wife Mrs. Elizabeth Black, widow of Hezekiah Black and daughter of George and Elizabeth Weaver. Beginning in life a poor man, Dr. Treon has made a wonderful success, and although by trying to build up the manufacturing interests of 424
Montgomery County he lost about $120,000, he is yet worth over $100,000, all the legitimate result of his unremitting toil and business sagacity, coupled with steady habits and well-ordered economy. Besides being well versed in the English language, he can both read, write and converse in French and German, and has frequently contributed articles to the medical journals. He has been a man of wonderful endurance and possessed of a powerful constitution, and now in his ninety-first year, although feeble, retains much of his mental vigor. When eighty-five years old, he amputated a leg for a patient and even yet he is sometimes professionally consulted, though long since retired from active practice. Politically, he was a Whig, and afterward a Republican, and says he has never missed casting his vote for President from 1812 to 1880, a period of nearly seventy years. He has been a Mason nearly all his life, and a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church since 1808, giving liberally of his time. labor and money to the upbuilding of the church and the spread of the Gospel.
Source: The Pioneer Doctor: A Medical Sketch of Dayton 1796-1825 by W. J. Conklin, Dayton, OH: Montgomery County Medical Society, 1900
Brother of Dr. Jacob Treon, Rehersburg, Pa.