In July 1926, the Garfield County News reported that “Panguitchites have been anxiously awaiting news from the bedside of Dr. J.J. Steiner, a man loved by every person in Southern Utah.” Residents of Richfield, Circleville, Marysvale, and the mining camps of Piute County, communities where the good doctor had served for years, must have been just as anxious for word from Salt Lake’s Holy Cross Hospital.
John Jacob Steiner was born in Wurtenburg, Germany in 1863, coming to Iowa about 1870, and later moving to South Dakota. He learned medicine from his father, and graduated from the St. Louis Medical College in 1889, with high honors. Steiner opened his first practice in The Dalles, Oregon, but finding that the low altitude did not suit him, he moved to Marysvale in 1892.
In 1900 he took additional training at Johns Hopkins University at Baltimore, and in 1907 he studied in Philadelphia. He never stopped learning more about his profession – he observed surgical practices at the Mayo Clinic in 1917, and as late as 1920, he spent a summer in New York perfecting his surgical technique and learning how to use x-rays.