Archie West Crary M D
Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 4/12/2010 at 14:01:46
The tendency of the age is towards specialization and those who attain the highest degree of proficiency are the men who, after familiarizing themselves with the broad general principles of a calling or profession, concentrate their engergies upon a particular line and thus gain notable skill in one field. This practice Dr Archie West Crary has followed and is today well known by reason of his special work in ophthalmology, otoloty and laryngology at Boone. He was born in April 18, 1876, in the city in which he still makes his home, his parents being J R and Jessie (West) Crary. The family comes of Scotch-Irish ancestry and was founded in America about one hundred years prior to the Revoluntionary war. In the sturggle for independence was Colonel Archibald Crary, after whom Dr Crary is named.
After mastering the braches of learning taught in public schhools Dr A W Crary entered Cornell College and won the Bachelor of Science degree upon granduation with the class of 1897. The following years he enlisted for service in the Spanish-American war, becoming a private of Comapny I, of the Fifty-second Iowa Infantry Volunteers. He continued in connection with the military organization of the state and in 1910 was elected to the rank of first lieutenant of the fifty-sixth Regiment of the Iowa National Guard. In the meantime he continued his studies in preparation for a porfessional career and upon the completion of a medial course in the State University Hospital for twenty hours a week and after graduation was appointed to a position upon the faculty of the State University, with the title of clincial assistant in ophthalmology, rhinology and laryngoloy and occupied this postion for one year. Meanwhile assisting Dr L W Dean, ex-president of the state medical association, in his work at the Vinton School of the Blind and in all his operative work. In 1907 he received the degree of Master of Science and in 1908 a special degree in ophthalmology, otoloty and laryngology. Since his graduation in 1906 he has continued in the practice of medicine and in his special field has shown marked efficiency.
On June 22, 1910, Dr Crary was united in marriage in Emmetsburg, Iowa to Miss Ida May Johnson, who was republican candidate for county superintendent of schools of Palo Alto county in 1909. Their home and grounds at the conrer of Fourth and Linn streets are a monument to the artistic tastes of Dr Crary's father, and there they gladly entertain all true friends and neighbors. The Doctor is well knonwn in fraternal circles, belonging to the Knights of Pythias, the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Masons.
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