C.J. LATTA, ARMY DOCTOR
Excerpted from History of Colorado by Baker and Hafen, Volume 4, pp. 486-489.
Clarence Johnston Latta, physician at Sterling and a veteran of the World war with an officer's commission, was born in the hamlet of Mendon, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, August 3, 1871, son of Joseph S. and Susan Latta, the former born at that place and the latter in Urichsville, Ohio, and was reared on a farm in Dickinson County, Kansas. He was graduated from the high school in the neighboring county seat of Clay Center in 1890 and some time later went to Montana, locating at Butte, where from 1896 to 1905 he served as money order clerk in the post office in that city. In the meantime he was taking preparatory studies in medicine and in due time entered the Denver and Gross Medical College at Denver, from which he was graduated (M.D.) in 1910. In the following year he established himself in the practice of medicine at Sterling and has so continued. In connection with this country's operations in the World war, Dr. Latta rendered service as a captain in the medical corps of the army for about a year, and he is a member of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States and the Reserve Officers Club. He also is a member of the Colorado State Medical Association and the American Medical Association. On October 5, 1903, at Boulder, Montana, Dr. Latta married Elizabeth E. Toole, and they have four children: Rosemary, Clarence John, Eugene Toole and Donald Francis. The Lattas are members of the Roman Catholic church and the Doctor is a member of the Knights of Columbus, He is also affiliated with the Sterling Commercial Club and the Woodmen of America.