Dr. Raymond S. Blair, MD

For ten years Dr. Raymond S. Blair bas been one of the successful physicians of Parkersburg and be bas not only attained prominence along professional lines, but also has actively participated in tbe public life of tbe city, baving been elected three times to tbe mayor's chair and now serving in that position, attaining gratifying results in tbe interests of his fellow citizens. Dr. Blair was born in Harrison county, Kentucky, Marcb 28, 1877, and is a son of James C. and Elizabeth ( Johnson) Blair, natives of Kentucky, tbe former born in 1840 and tbe latter in 1843. The father's
occupation is that of a farmer. His wife passed away in 1899, leaving two children, Raymond S. and Walter B.

Until twelve years of age Raymond S. Blair attended school in Harrison county and tben went to Ogden, Utah, there continuing his lessons for three years. At tbe end of that time be went to Harrison county, Iowa, taking an advanced scbool course. He tben removed to Des Moines, Iowa, wbere be took up the study of osteopathy in tbe S. S. Still College of Osteopatby, graduating January 26, 1902. He then established himself in practice in Des Moines, there continuing for two years, and tben moved to Grundy Center. In that city be remained for only two months and then came to Parkersburg, Iowa. He was successful from the start and has since been attending to an ever increasing practice.

On December 25, 1906, at Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Blair married Miss Sue Alice Goodwin, a daughter of A. H. and Isabelle Goodwin. The former served during the Civil war as captain of Company A, One Hundred and Forty-sixth Indiana Volunteer Infantry. Dr. and Mrs. Blair have one daughter, Elizabeth Alice, born November 18, 1910.

Politically Dr. Blair is a republican and always has interested himself in the welfare of his party. He was a republican committeeman to the congressional convention of the Third Iowa district, held at Waterloo, Iowa. In 1908 he was elected mayor of Parkersburg and his administration was so successful that he was reelected in 1910 and again in 1912, now serving in that important office. He has inaugurated and supported many beneficial reforms and he is leaving the impress of his progressive ideas upon the city. Dr. Blair is president of the First Twenty-two Club and has served for the past three years. Fraternally he is a Mason and belongs to the Brotherhood of American Yeomen. His religious
faith is that of the Congregational church. Dr. Blair owns his residence, where both he and his wife charmingly entertain their many friends. He is widely known not only in Parkersburg but in Butler county and in professional as well as political circles enjoys great confidence and the good-will and regard of the general public.