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Jacob E. Hainline M.D.


Posted By: Fran Hunt, Volunteer
Date: 10/5/2001 at 23:02:22

From the Portrait and Biographical Album of Jefferson and Van Buren Counties – 1890
Jacob E. Hainline, M.D. the popular Mayor and prominent physician of Cantril deserves more that a passing notice in this volume. His enterprising and progressive spirit has made him a leader in the community and he has been instrumental in the establishment of many interests calculated to benefit both town and county. His residence here covers a period of but eight years yet few men are more widely, and none more favorable, known than the Doctor.
He was born in McDonough County Illinois, August 30, 1851, being the second child in a family of ten children, whose parents were William C. and Sarah E.B. Logan Hainline. His father was a native of Kentucky, his mother of Illinois. The Hainline family is of German origin, and was founded in America in the early part of the eighteenth century. The great grandfather of our subject was one of eight men who accompanied Daniel Boone, the celebrated pioneer, when he made a permanent settlement in Kentucky. The grandparents were George and Flora Cockerell Hainline. Both were natives of Kentucky and the wife was an aunt of Senator Cockerell of Missouri.
William Hainline was a farmer by occupation and follows that pursuit in McDonough County Illinois, being still the owner and operator of the farm on which our subject first opened his eyes to the light of day. The Doctor received good educational advantages in his youth, his primary training in the district schools being supplemented by a course in the Normal and Scientific College of Macomb Illinois. He then entered upon his business career as a teacher and followed that profession until 1870, when he began the study of medicine with Dr. H.B. Livermore, of Macomb, under whose instruction he continued his reading for two years, when he entered the Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia Pennsylvania. After attending two courses of lectures he was graduated from that institution in the class of 1872. He remained in the hospitals in the city of Brotherly Love for five years. During that time he acquired knowledge of his profession, which many an older practitioner might envy. For three years he was the surgeon of the eye and ear department of the Wells Hospital, and for two years had charge of a ward in the Blockley “lying in” hospital, after which he spent about eighteen months in the St Luke Hospital as physician. He was also first assistant to the Chair of Clinical Surgery, at the Jefferson Medical College. Although young in years, Dr. Hainline showed rare talent and was given positions of distinction, which enabled him to perfect himself in his studies and acquire a skill, which has placed him in the front rank in the medical profession of Southeastern Iowa.
Leaving Philadelphia, the Doctor returned to his native state, locating in Fulton County where he embarked in practice. Previous to this time he had wedded Miss Anna R. McElrath, daughter of John McElrath, a native of Pennsylvania. The lady was born in McDonough County Illinois, April 3, 1851, and their marriage was celebrated on February 9, 1871. After a short married life of a little more than one year, Mrs. Hainline died, leaving one child—James S. Some ten years later the Doctor was again married his second union being with Emma L. Roe, the only child of the distinguished Dr. Roe, who for some time filled one of the Chairs in the St Louis Medical College. He was a stockholder in that institution but afterward sold out and removed to Kirksville Missouri. Mrs. Hainline was born in Knox County Missouri, February 14, 1863, and spent the days of her maidenhood in Kirksville. Two children have been born of the second marriage—Beatrice and Russell.
Determining to seek a location further westward, in 1880 Dr. Hainline came to Iowa. He first located in Mt Pleasant, where he was engaged in practice two years, after which he came to Cantril, where he at once opened an office, having now one of the largest and most lucrative practices of any physician in the county. In 1844 he was the means of saving the people from the terrible scourge that passed through this country, known as the dysentery epidemic. Although he has a superior knowledge and skill in his profession he is yet a student and keeps abreast with all the improvements and discoveries relating to the science. Other interests have also engrossed his attention. In 1887 he established a drug store which he still carries on, and in the same year he began the publication of a paper, known as the Cantril News. But after eighteen months he discontinued the same as his practice and their business interests were so large that he could not give to it the proper attention. Socially, he is a member of Cantril Lodge, No. 535 K.P., holding the office of Vice-Chancellor and also belongs to Prairie Gem Lodge, No. 288, I.O.O.F., in which he is Left Supporter of the Vice-Grand. In political sentiment he is a stalwart Republican and an influential member of his party in this locality. He often attends the conventions and was a delegate to the State Convention, which nominated Gov. Larrabee for Chief Executive of the State. In March of 1890, he was honored with an election to the office of Mayor of Cantril, a position, which he is creditably and acceptably filling.
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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