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Harry F. Thompson, M. D.


Posted By: Peter Gausmann (email)
Date: 2/7/2010 at 07:20:18


Dr. Harry F. Thompson, engaged in the practice of medicine in Forest City, was born in McGregor, Iowa, September 30, 1869, a son of Jasper and Clara K. Thompson. In 1871 the family removed to Forest City and here he acquired a public school education. Determining to make the practice of medicine his life work, he entered Rush Medical College of Chicago and was graduated therefrom with the class of 1894. He afterward practiced in various places until 1907. He was at Buffalo Center from 1900 until 1907, and in the latter year came to Forest City, where he has since devoted his attention and energies to professional duties. He has taken special post graduate work in children's diseases and obstetrics.

On the 3d of April, 1895, Dr. Thompson was united in marriage to Miss Katherine Gabriella Richardson, a. daughter of G. H. Richardson, of Belmond, Iowa. Her death occurred in 1906 and in 1910 he wedded Louise Taylor, who was born in Alden, Iowa, a daughter of Peter Taylor. . There were three children born of his first marriage, Clara Jeannette, Richardson Jasper and Katherine Cecelia, while by the second marriage there is a daughter, Helen Mar.

Dr. Thompson is a member of Nain Lodge, No. 213, A. F. & A. M., of Buffalo Center, of which he is a past master. In politics he is a republican. He served as coroner of Lyon county in 1896, was coroner of Winnebago county in 1912 and was again called to that office in 1917. There is an interesting military chapter in his life record. He served in the Spanish-American war with the First South Dakota Infantry, enlisting at Sioux Falls in 1898 as a private. He was on active duty and was mustered out in October, 1899, as first lieutenant and assistant surgeon. Professionally he is well known. He belongs to the Austin Flint Cedar Valley Medical Society, has several times been president and secretary of the Winnebago County Medical Society and belongs also to the Iowa State Medical Society and the American Medical Association, thus keeping in close touch with the trend of scientific thought and investigation along medical lines.

Source: History of Winnebago County and Hancock County, Iowa: A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievement, Vol. II. Pioneer Publishing Company (Chicago), 1917. pp. 92-93.


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