John W. Craig (1857-1940)
Posted By: Karon Velau (email)
Date: 4/1/2022 at 18:05:00
John Wesley Craig, M.D.
(January 24, 1857 – May 6, 1940)
Dr. John W. Craig is a skilled physician and surgeon of Lohrville, Iowa, whose knowledge of the science of medicine is broad and comprehensive, and whose ability in applying its principles to the needs of suffering humanity has gained him an enviable prestige in professional circles. He was born in Canton, Fulton County, Illinois, January 24, 1857, and is a son of Sinnett R. and
Harriet (Cochran) Craig, natives of Indiana and Pennsylvania, respectively. At
a very early day the Doctor's paternal grandfather, accompanied by his family, removed to Fulton County, Illinois, becoming one of the pioneers of that region. At that time the Indians had not all left and the land was still in its primitive condition. Amid scenes common in frontier settlements, Sinnett R.
Craig grew to manhood, and later engaged in farming in Fulton County, Illinois, for a number of years. He subsequently spent several years in Polk County, Iowa, where he owned land, but his last years were passed in Greene County, this state, where he died at about the age of fifty-five. His widow still resides in that county. In the family of this worthy couple were five children, three sons and two daughter, namely: Franklin, John W., Alexander, Mrs. Anna Raaz and Mrs. Josephine Miller.
The first ten years of his life our subject passed in his native county and then accompanied his parents on their removal to Iowa. He acquired his literary education in the public schools of Illinois and Iowa, and at the age of twenty years commenced the study of medicine with Dr. Seems, of Mitchellville, this state. Later he entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons, at Keokuk, and was graduated from that institution in 1881. Later in the same year he opened an office in Lohrville, where he has since engaged in practice with marked success. He came to this place with seven other gentlemen, to whose energy and progressive spirit the place owes much of its advancement.
Dr. Craig was married, November 28, 1882, to Miss Maria Powers, a native of Allamakee County, Iowa, and a daughter of Michael and Margaret (Shuell) Powers,
who were earlv settlers of Calhoun County, their home being in Logan Township. The Doctor and his wife have three children, namely : Anna M., John W. and Lottie I. In politics he is independent. He was a member of the city council one term, and is now a member of the board of health, but has never taken a very active part in public affairs, preferring to devote his entire time and attention to his professional duties. He is a member of the Mystic Workers of the World No. 122, of Lohrville, and is connected with the Northwestern and the Iowa State Medical Societies. He is a close and thorough student, a man of deep research, and his investigations into the science of medicine and his skillful application of the knowledge he has thereby obtained, have won him a place in the foremost ranks of the medical fraternity. [Source – Biographical Record of Calhoun County, Iowa, by S. J. Clarke, 1902, p.278]
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