Cedar County, Iowa

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      Otis Blair Wyant, one of the leading physicians of Tipton, Cedar County, is the son of Isaac Wyant, who came to Iowa in the early fifties, and was one of the pioneers in the settling of Cedar county. Upon a farm in Iowa township he made his home, brought up a family of eight boys and girls, and was one of the leading citizens of the county. In politics he was a democrat, and his son has inherited his fatherís opinions in that respect. Mr. Wyant was a progressive, wide-awake farmer, as is evidenced by the fact that the first McCormick reaper ever brought west of the Mississippi river, was bought by him for use upon his farm. In the early days all of his trading was done at Davenport and Muscatine, they being then the nearest trading points.
      Otis B. Wyant, the youngest of this family of children, was born in Cedar county, January 6, 1865. Until he was 17 years old he remained at home, attending the country school, and later, the West Liberty high school, working on the farm during his vacations. His medical studies were pursued at the State University of Iowa, and at Rush Medical college, Chicago; from the latter school he graduated, the youngest member of a class of 160, in February, 1886, being then just 21 years of age. So fine was his standing in his class that he was offered, upon graduation, an assistantship to a prominent specialist of Philadelphia. Immediately after finishing his medical studies, Dr. Wyant came back to Cedar county, locating at Clarence, where he built up a large practice in a few months. Here he remained until 1890, when, desiring to study further, he returned to Chicago, where he spent eleven months in the different hospitals and in taking post-graduate courses of study.

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