Oliver B. Dodd, M.D.
Frank Dodd, M.D.
Among the old and well known medical men of Fayette county is Dr. Oliver
B. Dodd, of Waucoma, whose long life of unselfish devotion to the
interests of suffering humanity has made his name a household word in the
town and adjacent country and won for him a warm and permanent place, not
only in the hearts of his many patients but also in the esteem and
confidence of the public.
Doctor Dodd is a native of Knox county, Ohio, where his birth occurred
February 8, 1839, being a son of Stephen and Phoebe Dodd, both parents
born in the state of New Jersey.
In his early life the subject attended
the public schools until finishing the usual course of study, after which
he acquired a knowledge of the higher branches in a seminary at Mt.
Carroll, Illinois. With a well defined purpose to make his life useful to
his fellowmen, he took up the study of medicine and in due time entered
Rush Medical College at Chicago, which he attended during the winter of
1865-6 and later pursued his researches and investigations in the Eclectic
Medical Institute of Cincinnati, from which institution he was graduated
with the class of 1871. On receiving his degree, the Doctor located a
Waucoma, Iowa, where he has since practiced with gratifying success, being
at this time one of the oldest physicians and surgeons in Fayette county,
as well as one of the most trusted and beloved men of his calling in this
part of the state.
From the beginning of his career to the present time Doctor Dodd has aimed
to familiarize himself with his profession and keep in close touch with
the latest discoveries and improvements in the same, to the end that he
might become a true healer and render suffering humanity the greatest
possible service. As already stated, his long period of residence in his
field of practice has enabled him to study to advantage and treat with
marked success the ills peculiar to the locality, and the universal praise
accorded him bears testimony to his eminent standing as a physician and
the confidence reposed in him as a worthy and high-minded citizen.
Doctor Dodd has always been averse to publicity, there being few eddies or
cascades in the current of his years. He chose the noiseless ways and
paths of the world rather than the clamor and din that induce unrest, and
his proverbial modesty has ever forbade his coveting the glare of
preferment or conspicuous situations. Although unacquainted with the arts
of personal advancement and lacking emphatically in self-assertion, he has
not only adorned his profession and gained a reputation achieved by few,
but every station to which called he has honored and his relations with
his fellow men have been characterized by those lofty purposes and high
ideals which mark him a benefactor of the race.
In addition to his professional experience Doctor Dodd has an honorable
military record, having served in Company B, One Hundred and Fortieth
Illinois Infantry, during the late rebellion and seen much active duty in
Mississippi and other states where his command was actively engaged until
the expiration of his period of enlistment on the 29th of October, 1864.
Returning to Illinois at that time, he applied himself to the study of
medicine and the following year came to Waucoma, Iowa, where, on April 22,
1865, he was united in marriage with Mary J. Burnside, daughter of George
and Olive M. Burnside, of Fayette county, the union resulting in the birth
of three children, Frank B., Theron E. and Florence O.
Frank B. Dodd, the oldest of the family, was graduated from the State
University, after which he read medicine in his fatherís office and later
finished his professional studies in the medical department of the
University, standing among the highest in his class at the time of
graduation. On leaving the above institution he returned to Waucoma and
engaged in the practice with his father, which partnership lasted until
his untimely death on the 15th day of November, 1907. Dr. Frank B. Dodd
was a young man of fine mind and exceptional abilities in his profession.
He served two years as coroner of Fayette county, and was on the high road
to eminence as a physician and surgeon when death put an end to what
promised to be an unusually brilliant and distinguished career.
In political faith Doctor Dodd is a firm believer in the principles of the
Republican party, but in no sense can he be termed a politician.
Notwithstanding his aversion to publicity, however, he was induced some
years ago to accept the nomination for county coroner, to which office he
was duly elected and the duties of which he discharged with the same
ability and conscientious fidelity which characterize his regular
professional services. He was health officer of Waucoma one term, also
served as mayor of the town and at one time was a member of the county
board of supervisors, in all of which positions he labored diligently for
the public good and made his official duties paramount to every other
Doctor Dodd is a member of the Masonic brotherhood, in which he has
attained the degree of Knight Templar, being an influential worker in the
blue lodge and commandery at Waucoma and enjoying in marked degree the
esteem of his brethren in his own town and elsewhere. In matters religious
he is liberal in all the term implies, holding membership with no church,
but according to all the same right of opinion which he claims for
himself. Respected by his neighbors and fellow citizens and honored by the
public, his life has been a blessing to the county in which he resides.
~transcribed for the Fayette County, IAGenWeb Project by Mary Aldrich