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Edward C. Rawson, MD

Edward C. Rawson, M. D. is one of the able and representative physicians and surgeons of Clayton county and is engaged in the successful general practice of his profession at Strawberry Point, in which attractive little city of the present day he was born on the 8th of April, 1866.

It is most gratifying to note the prominence and popularity which are his in his native county, both as a liberal citizen and as a physician of fine attainments, for he is not only a scion of one of the honored pioneer families of the county but is also a son of one of the honored pioneer physicians and surgeons of this section of the Hawkeye state. Dr. Edward Clark Rawson is a son of Dr. Clark Holden Rawson and Caroline A. (Brownell) Rawson, whose marriage was solemnized at Strawberry Point, on the 28th of December, 1858, the former having been born in the state of New York and the latter in Wisconsin. Dr. Clark H. Rawson's parents were native of England and after coming to America they maintained their home in the state of New York, where their son, Clark H., was born and reared and where he received excellent educational advantages, as gauged by the standards of the locality and period. The Doctor studied medicine under the preceptorage of his brother-in-law, Dr. H. S. Potter, of Schroon Lake, Essex county, New York, and he supplemented this discipline by an effective course in a medical college at Castleton, Vermont—an institution in which he was graduated as a member of the class of 1844. Thereafter he was for several years associated in practice with his former preceptor, Dr. Potter, at Schroon Lake, New York, and he then removed to the eastern part of the state of Illinois, where he engaged in practice with marked success and where he made a splendid record of professional service during the cholera epidemic that prevailed in that section in 1854. In 1857 the Doctor came to Clayton county, Iowa, and established his residence at Strawberry Point, where he engaged in practice and where his marriage was solemnized in the following year, as previously noted in this context, his wife having becoming a resident of Strawberry Point in 1853, when her parents here established their home. The ability and indefatigable zeal of Dr. Rawson gained to him a substantial and widely disseminated practice, and in the pioneer days he endured, without faltering and with unselfish devotion, many arduous labors and incidental hardships in ministering to those in affliction throughout a wide radius of country that was sparsely settled and that had roads that at many times were almost impassable. He never denied the calls made upon him, no matter how stormy the night or how great the distance he was compelled to traverse, and thus it may well be understood that there was ample cause for the affectionate esteem which was granted to him in which he long lived and labored and in which his very presence was a benediction. He continued in active practice until advancing years led to his retirement, and, revered by all who knew him, he passed to eternal rest on the 28th of July, 1901, when 83 years of age. His widow still resides in the attractive old homestead that has been her place of abode for more than half a century, and she celebrated in 1916 her seventy-seventh birthday anniversary. A kindly and gracious gentle woman, she is loved by all who have come within the compass of her influence, and is one of the honored pioneer women of Clayton county.

Dr. Edward C. Rawson, the only child of his parents, acquired his early education in the public schools of Strawberry Point and as a youth he was inspired to adopt the profession that was signally honored by the character and services of his father, under whose direction he gained his preliminary training. He finally went to the city of Chicago and entered the medical school of Northwestern University, and in this celebrated institution he was graduated as a member of the class of 1891 and with the well-earned degree of Doctor of Medicine. He initiated the active practice of his profession in his native town, on the 28th of April, 1891, and became the virtual successor of his honored father, He has long controlled a large and representative practice and has secure prestige as one of the leading physicians and surgeons of his native county. He is an active member of the Clayton County Medical Society, the Iowa State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. The Doctor continues a close and appreciative student of the best standard and periodical literature of his profession and spares neither time nor effort in keeping in close touch with the advances made in medical and surgical science.

His political allegiance is given to the Republican party and he is affiliated with the local lodge of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons and that of the Knights of Pythias, of which latter he has served as chancellor commander.

June 8, 1892, recorded the marriage of Dr. Rawson to Miss Gertrude E. Gilchrist, who likewise was born and reared in this county, and of the two children of this union only the younger is living, Rayma G., who was born November 10, 1903. Don M., the first child, was born December 4, 1896, and his death occurred March 13, 1902.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg. 338-339

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