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Dr Theodore DeTarr


Posted By: Tina Keister (email)
Date: 1/14/2006 at 16:13:38

Dr Thoeodore DeTarr, physician and surgeon, Boone; among the many worthy physicians who have made thier home in Boone county, no one is deserving of more favorable mention than the subject of this sketch, who is now the oldest resident physician in the county; he was born in Franklin county, Indiana, on the first day of January, 1827, and was principally raised in Tippecanoe county, Indiana; being raised on a farm in a sparsely settled portion of the State, his early advantages for receiving an education were none of the best, his instruction being limited to the commoner Enlgish branches, but he made the best use of his oppotunities and at the same time formed a taste for the profession of medicine; he commenced the study of medicine, which he contuinued three years, and attended course of lectures in the Evansville Medical College; he came to this county in 1854, and engaged in the practice of his profession in Boonesboro; since his residence in Iowa he has had a large and extensive practice, meeting with uniformly good success; he has pursued his chosen calling with untiring zeal and energy, and has ridden hundreds of miles to minister to the wants of the suffering, without any expection of pecuniary compensation, and his charity work has been greater, perhaps, than any physician in the county; during the war he assisted in recruiting company D, Thirty-second Iowa infanty, and was commissioned captain; the regiment was in many hard fought battles, and at the battle of Nashville Dr DeTarr lost his right leg; he was retained in the service until the close of the war; after he was mustered out, he returned to his home and resumed the practice of his profession; he was married to Miss Margaret E Noble (sister of Rev J H Noble a prominent minister of the M E church), in November 1853, she was born in Cincinnati, Ohio; their family consists of five children: David A, Leola A, Wille T, Bertha E, Nellie M; David A graduated with honors at the State University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and is now finishing his medical education at the same university.

Fromt eh 1880 Boone co history book


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