|John D. Green|
John married Lavanche Emarine Trees, a native of Rush County, in Manilla, Indiana on August 2, 1893. Shortly after he and Lavanche were married, his father-in-law, Cyrus Trees, asked why he had not become a doctor like his five brothers. John was working as a telegrapher on the B & O Railroad at the time. He replied to his father-in-law that he guessed his father had run out of money and could not send him to medical school. Cyrus said he would send him and did so.
|The residence of Dr. Green at Manilla|
John left Rush County, Indiana and went to school at Louisville Medical College in Kentucky while my great-grandfather, James Cyrus Green, was just a baby. When the family first lived in Louisville, Little James Cyrus had to sleep in a dresser drawer set across two straight back chairs as a makeshift crib. John graduated in 1896, then moved back home to Rush County to begin his practice.
|John D. and Lavanche Green|
Two more children were added to the family: Mary Catherine (1896), and Maurice Thomas (1903). Mary died from the measles a month before her sixth birthday in 1902; she never met her brother Maurice. Maurice struggled with asthma all his life and also died relatively young at the age of 26, from tuberculosis.
Dr. Green built up a large medical practice in Rush and Shelby Counties and also became involved in several fraternities and lodges.
After returning home one day from a house call, the doctor went outside to feed the chickens. His wife found him in the yard, unable to get up. He lost consciousness and died of a stroke the next morning, February 26, 1921. He was 57.