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Iowa Volume. American Biographical Publishing Company. 1878. Boone County


AMONG the younger class of physicians in Boone L county, Iowa, is Levi J. Alleman, who graduated from a medical college before he was of age, and whose entire time has since been given to his profession. He is a native of Seneca county, New York, the time and place of his birth being Fayette, on the i2th of December, 1841. His father was Jacob D. Alleman, a merchant tailor, and his mother, Caroline Niess, both of German pedigree. His paternal grandfather, who was born in this country, was a soldier in the second strife with England.

Dr. Alleman worked on a farm in boyhood ; was educated at the high school or academy in Waterloo ; began to read medicine at seventeen years old with Dr. O. S. Patterson, of Waterloo, in his native county ; attended lectures in the medical department of the University of New York city ; was examined and ready to graduate in 1862, but not being of age did not receive his diploma until the early part of the next year.

After practicing a few months with his preceptor at Waterloo, Dr. Alleman went into the army in the autumn of 1863 as assistant surgeon of the ist New York Veteran Cavalry, and served in that capacity until the regiment was mustered out in September, 1S65. His two years' practice in surgery in the tented field was a valuable experience to him, and being a close student and thoroughly devoted to his calling, it is not surprising that he has a high standing in the profession.

At the close of the rebellion, on leaving the service. Dr. Alleman came directly to Boone, then a new town on a new railroad. The road has since pushed on to California, and the nucleus of a village has grown to a city of thirty-five hundred inhabitants. The doctor is the oldest physician in years of practice here, and second to no one in the county in skill. He is LTnited States examining surgeon for pensions.

Dr. Alleman is a member of no church, but inclines to the Episcopal form of worship and tenets.

He has had two wives : the first was Miss Margaret O'Neil, of Waterloo, New Yok ; married in 1866, and dying in 186S, leaving one child, Harriet M., still living; his present wife was Miss Florence L. Colman, of Boone ; married in 1870. They have had three children, of whom two are still living.
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