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Dr. A. Fred Watts



A. FRED WATTS, physician and surgeon at Creston, was born in Western Kansas, but his people for two generations lived in Iowa and were pioneers in Mahaska County.

His grandfather, John Watts, was a native of Iowa and was a soldier in the Union army during the Civil war. He was one of the first members of the school board in his section of Mahaska County. Doctor Watts' maternal grandfather was John Miller, who died during the Civil war. Morris W. Watts, the father of A. Fred Watts, was born in Mahaska County, Iowa, and married at Barnes City, this state, Miss Anna M. Miller, a native of Frankfort, Indiana. From Iowa they went to Western Kansas and are still living, at Payette, Idaho. Morris Watts has been a farmer all his life. He is a Democrat in politics and a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. There were seven children in the family: Walter, of Payette, Idaho; Cora, wife of A. W. Christian, a farmer; A. Fred; Myra, wife of Albert Cloward, a fruit farmer; Bessie and Katie, both widows; and Lizzie, wife of Albert Harland, a farmer.

A. Fred Watts was born at Norton, Kansas, December 28, 1884, and had some of his early schooling there in country districts. He attended high school at Payette, Idaho, and returned east for his liberal and professional training. He was a student at Drake University at Des Moines and in 1916 graduated in medicine from the University of Iowa. Doctor Watts for two and a half years was an interne in the children's department of the University of Iowa Hospital. During the World war he went to the Medical Officers Training School at Fort Riley, Kansas, and was retained at the Base Hospital until the latter part of August, 1918, serving with the rank of first lieutenant.

Doctor Watts in January, 1920, entered upon his work in private practice at Creston. He has a general practice, and is increasingly well known for his abilities as a children's physician. He is a member of the Union County, Iowa State and American Medical Associations and belongs to the Phi Rho Sigma college fraternity. He is also a member of the Masonic fraternity, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the American Legion, and the Creston Golf Club.

Doctor Watts married in February, 1922, Clara B. Gibler, who was born near Cincinnati, Ohio, and attended school there and finished her high school work at Red Oak, Iowa. She completed her nurses training course in the Mercy Hospital at Creston. They have one daughter, Elizabeth Anne Watts, born January 9, 1923.

~ source:  The People of Iowa by Edgar Rubey Harlan, LL. B., A. M., Volume IV, The American Historical Society, Inc.; Chicago and New York,1931.

~ Transcribed & Contributed by Debbie Gerischer http://iagenweb.org/history/