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Dr. William F. Grubb


Posted By: Fran Hunt, Volunteer
Date: 10/5/2001 at 19:04:00

From the Portrait and Biographical Album of Jefferson and Van Buren Counties 1890
Dr. William F. Grubb is the oldest practicing physician of Farmington Iowa in years of service, having opened an office and embarked in the prosecution of his profession at this place in 1849. He was born in Morgan County Ohio, July 23, 1823, and received his literary education in the common schools of the neighborhood. When a young man of eighteen years, in 1841, he accompanied his father to the Territory of Iowa, and for a year engaged in farming, but the medical profession offered attractions for him, and believing that it would prove congenial as a life work, he entered upon the study of the same under the direction of dr. H.H. Little, of McConnellsville Ohio. In March of 1847, he was granted the degree of M.D. and immediately afterward opened an office in McConnellsville Ohio, where he practiced for about a year. He then made a location in Athens, Clarke County Missouri, but after about twelve months spent in that place, he came to Farmington, where he has since been engaged in active practice for the exception of six years spent on the Pacific Slope. In 1851, he went to California where he followed his chosen work among the miners who had flocked to that State in vast numbers after the discovery of gold. Returning by way of the Isthmus of Panama, in 1857, he again reached Van Buren County, and through the succeeding years has administered to the sick and suffering of the community. It was not long before his ability won recognition by liberal patronage, and he received calls for miles around throughout the surrounding country. A man of progressive and enterprising ideas, he still keeps abreast with any new discoveries or experiments connected with his profession. He has been a life student of medicine and stands in the front ranks of the leading practitioners of southeastern Iowa.
The Doctor assisted in organizing the first Allopathic Society in Iowa, which convened at Burlington. In political sentiment he is a Jeffersonian Democrat, but has never sought public preferment, having sought public preferment, having served only in the position of health officer. Socially the Doctor is a Knight Templar, and a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. For a number of years past, he has devoted much time and attention to the study of astronomy, and probably no man in the State is better informed regarding that science than he.
I am not related, and am only copying this for the information of those who might find this person in their family.


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