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Wallace, G. C., M.D.


Posted By: Roseanna Zehner
Date: 7/25/2006 at 20:36:40


G.C. Wallace, M.D., a well-known and successful physician in Rock Rapids for more than twenty years, and possessing the confidence of the community to a marked degree, was born in Ohio in 1851, and was brought into Iowa by his parents in 1854. This was before the construction of the first railroad across the Mississippi river, or the introduction of the steam car into the mighty prairies of Iowa.

Dr. Wallace attended high school, and was then engaged in the drug business, where he turned his attention to medicine as affording a desirable profession for his active years. In 1868 he entered the Keokuk Medical College, from which he was graduated in 1870. Dr. Wallace was at first located in Washington county, Iowa, where he remained until 1882. That year he transferred himself and his belongings to Rock Rapids, where he still remains, and holds a position in the local medical field almost without a rival. A close student, and desiring to be abreast with the medical science of the times, he has taken several post-graduate courses in diseases of women and children, diseases of the eye and ear, and special courses in practical surgery, anatomy, chemistry, materia medica, and therapeutic obstetrics, etc. Dr. Wallace was once called upon to amputate all four limbs for a young man at one time. He did this successfully, and saved the man's life -- a rare achievement in surgery. Dr. Wallace has performed many complicated and dangerous surgical operations, most of which were completely successful. He is a descendant of Sir William Wallace, Scotland's famous hero, and in almost every generation of his ancestors have been men of note, and distinguished alike in the arts and professions to which they have addressed themselves.

Dr. Wallace is a member of Palladium Lodge, Knights of Pythias, in which he filled all the chairs, and has been representative to the Grand Lodge. He is a Republican, and enjoys the respect and confidence of a host of warm friends in the community in which his useful life is passing.

Source: Compendium of History Reminiscence and Biography of Lyon County, Iowa. Published under the Auspices of the Pioneer Association of Lyon County. Geo. Monlun, Pres.; Hon. E. C. Roach Sec’y; and Col. F. M. Thompson, Historian. Geo. A. Ogle & CO., Published, Engravers and Book Manufacturers. Chicago, 1904-1905

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