Thousands of people have left our small rural county to launch their lives in far-a-way states around America, and contribute to the great American dream.

Dr. Frederick H. Hathaway, 91, of Lincoln, Nebraska, formerly of Grantsville, is one example, passing away September 27, 2006.

He was the son of Frederick S. and Eva (Dye) Hathaway, who once resided in a large, two-story house on Main Street, his mother was the daughter of long-time Calhoun physician Dr. W. T. W. Dye.

Frederick Hathaway was a member of the Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine, American Medical Association, Nebraska Medical Association, Lancaster County Medical Association, life member of the American College of Physicians, Trinity United Methodist Church, American Legion Post No. 3. Former president of the Lancaster County Medical Society and delegate to Nebraska Medical Association; former member of the Board of Directors of Nebraska Blue Cross and Blue Shield; former active staff member of Bryan Memorial Hospital and Lincoln General Hospital; former member of Utilization Review Committees of Milder Manor Nursing Home and Tabitha Nursing Home.

He received an undergraduate degree from West Virginia University; he then received his medical degree from University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1939. He was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honorary medical society. He served his rotating internship at University of Iowa hospitals, Iowa City, Iowa, 1939-40. Married Phyllis Hinton of Minneapolis on June 5, 1940.

He then served a three-year medical residency at Louisville General Hospital, Louisville, Ky. Served during World War II as captain in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army Air Corps, 1943-46, stationed primarily at Wright-Patterson Air Base, Dayton, Ohio.

He received the Army Commendation Medal. He engaged in the practice of internal medicine in Lincoln from 1946 to 1987. He was with Veterans Affairs Adjudication Division since 1988. Former medical director of the West Central Regional Office of State Farm Insurance Company, and former Chief of Staff and chairman of Department of Internal Medicine, Saint Elizabeth Hospital. He was also the also former medical director of Madonna Professional Care Center. Consultant in Internal Medicine, Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Survivors: son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Frederick and Kathryn Hathaway, Lincoln; daughter, Sarah Ann Hathaway, Lincoln; grandchildren, Kirsten, Abigail, Matthew, Elizabeth; great-grandchildren, Emmalyn, Alexandra, Jacob; brother, David Hathaway, Bexley, Ohio. Preceded in death by wife, Phyllis; sister, Virginia Hathaway Kirby.

Private family services will be held at Lincoln Memorial Park. Visitation: 1-9 p.m. Sunday, with family greeting friends 6-8 p.m., Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, 6800 S. 14th St. Memorials are suggested to donor's choice. Condolences may be left at lincolnfh.com