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SNOOK, Dr. Calvin - 1890 Bio (1848-1906)


Posted By: Joey Stark
Date: 8/28/2007 at 15:34:17

Portrait and Biographical Album of Jefferson and Van Buren Counties, Iowa, Printed 1890 by Lake City Publishing Co., Chicago
Pages 315-316

Dr. Calvin SNOOK, a practicing physician of Fairfield, was born in Fairfield Township, Jefferson County, on the 14th of March, 1848, and is a son of John and Mary (FOWLER) SNOOK. His boyhood days passed uneventfully upon the farm, but not wishing to engage in agricultural pursuits he began fitting himself for the medical profession. He completed his literary education in the city schools of Fairfield, after which he entered the college of Physicians and Surgeons, of Keokuk, Iowa, and having mastered the regular course of study was graduated from that institution in the class of 1869. One week later he had established himself in practice in Moulton, Appanoose County, Iowa, where he remained until the fall of 1870, when he removed to Peru, Kan., continuing practice in that place until the spring of 1872. He then returned to Iowa, and locating in Perlee, Jefferson County, announced to the public that he was ready to receive patronage from any in need of services in his line. He there built up a good practice and continued business in that place until January, 1879, when he came to Fairfield, where he has since resided. Almost from the first he won recognition as an able physician and took rank among the leading practitioners of this section.

The marriage of Dr. SNOOK and Miss Ella A. ANDERSON was celebrated on the 16th of January, 1869, in Keokuk, Iowa. The lady is a native of Keithsburg, Ill., and a daughter of Dr. I. M. ANDERSON. By their union have been born three children, one son and two daughters: Mary B., John Newton and Esther. Mrs. SNOOK is a member of the Presbyterian Church.

The Doctor is a Democrat in his political views and has held a number of local offices. For two years he held the office of Councilman, for one year served as a member of the School Board, and in the spring of 1890 was elected to the same position for a term of three years. For eight years he held the office of City Health Commissioner and for four years, under Cleveland's administration, was pensioner examiner. He is connected with a number of medical societies, including the Jefferson County Medical Society, the Des Moines Valley Medical Society, and the Iowa State Medical Society. In connection with his professional labors, Dr. SNOOK is engaged to some extent in stock-raising and farming with his brothers, one of whom carries on that business in Cedar Township, Jefferson County, while the other is engaged in the same line in Nebraska. They were reared to work together in harmony and since attaining to mature years have always done more or less business together with great satisfaction. The Doctor has been quite successful in the practice of his profession and is well deserving of the liberal patronage accorded him. He is studious and keeps himself well posted on all the discoveries and theories connected with the science and is the acknowledged peer of any of his professional brethren in the county.

*Transcribed for genealogy purposes; I have no relation to the person(s) mentioned.


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