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Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa
Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887

URIAH B. WHITEIS, M. D., is successfully engaged in the practice of his profession in Urbana, Polk Township, and is also an extensive landed proprietor, having about 700 acres of land in this county and about l60 acres in Macon County, Mo. In addition to an extensive and lucrative practice he superintends his farming operations and thus is a most fair representative of one of the busy workers of life. He was born in Logan County, Ohio, Jan. 9, 1830, and his parents were Thomas A. and Hannah (Boyd) Whiteis. His father was of Welsh parentage and a brick-mason by trade. The mother was a native of Pennsylvania, of American ancestry, born in 1786. They are both deceased. The parental family comprised eight children, of whom only two are living. John, the younger brother of our subject, is a brick-mason of Macon City, Mo.

Uriah B. Whiteis removed with his father's family from his native county to Allen County, Ohio, when he was eighteen years old. He had previously worked at brick masonry with his father, but he now took up the study of medicine in the office of A. B. Ward, and in the winter of l852-53, attended a course of lectures in the Medical Department of the Michigan University at Ann Arbor. He then commenced the practice of his profession in Rockport, Ohio, and in 1855 came to Benton County, this State, and opened an office in Urbana. He afterward attended the Chicago Medical College, from which he received his diploma, and then returned to Urbana and has been engaged in continuous practice since that time.

Dr. Whiteis commenced life comparatively a poor boy, with nothing but his hands and a strong determination and resolve to establish a practice and a home in the West. He always availed himself of all privileges to which he found access, and made up his mind on first beginning life to make a success. Beside several farms which he now rents, he owns and occupies a fine residence and is surrounded by all the comforts and many of the luxuries of life. He is a great favorite professionally, as well as socially, honored and esteemed by all who know him; he is a member of the A. O. U. W. and the Legion of Honor.

Dr. Whiteis' marriage took place in Allen County, Ohio, July 2, 1865, Miss Emeline Sprott being the other party to the contract. To this union there were five children born, three of whom are living. The first-born died in infancy; John was accidentally killed when a little lad of eight years old, while playing on the farm around a threshing machine. The remainder are Samuel W., William and Edith.

Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies"  [database online]  Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 220.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on January 28th, 2009.  Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.

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