Dr. Edwin Rape - Nebraska
Edwin Rape, D. O. A reliable and capable promoter of the science of
osteopathy, a general system of healing founded on the principle that all
bodily disorders are the result of mechanical obstruction to the free
circulation of vital fluids and forces, and the cures of which are effected
through purely scientific methods, based on a profound knowledge of the
human mechanism, is found in Dr. Edwin Rape, who for many years has been
engaged successfully in the practice of his profession at Seward.
Doctor Rape was born at Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois,
December 29, 1871, and is a son of Daniel and Rebecca J. (Snodgrass)
(Hardin) Rape. His great-grandfather, Gustave Rape, was a soldier of the
American Revolution. John Rape, his grandfather, was born in 1794, in South
Carolina, and fought as a soldier of the War of 1812. He was married, August
18, 1818, and had two children. One of these, Daniel Rape, was born March
30, 1826, in Sangamon County, Illinois, where he was married, and
subsequently came to Nebraska and took up a homestead in Seward County, upon
which he spent the remaining years of his life in agricultural operations.
The public schools of Seward County furnished Edwin Rape with his
early educational training, following which he enrolled as a student at the
American School of Osteopathy at Kirksville, Missouri, under the founder,
Doctor Still. For six years following his graduation from this institution
he practiced his profession at Kirksville, and then returned to Nebraska and
opened an office at Seward, where he has since been in the enjoyment of a
constantly growing practice. He belongs to several organizations of his
profession, and has kept fully abreast of the advancements therein, having
taken three post-graduate courses at Kirksville. Fraternally Doctor Rape is
a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Masons. He is a
Democrat, but has not sought public office, and his religious faith is that
of the Christian Church.
On February 3, 1901, at Seward, Doctor Rape was united in marriage
with Miss Martha Adlin Hughes, who was educated in the Seward County public
schools, and is a daughter of William C. and Martha A. (Bye) Hughes, farming
people of Seward County. During the great cyclone of May 14, 1913, all of
the buildings were swept from Mr. Hughes' farm, but none of the members of
the family who were in the house at the time, received injuries. To Doctor
and Mrs. Rape there has come one son, Wilson Edwin, born March 13, 1914, at
Seward, who is now attending the Seward High School.
Addison Erwin. Nebraska: The Land and the People, Vol. 2. Chicago: Lewis
Publishing Co., 1931.