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Dr. John O. Weaver


JOHN O. WEAVER, eye, ear, nose and throat specialist at Shenandoah, is a native of Iowa, and took up private practice after a long and thorough training in medical college and hospital work.

Doctor Weaver was born at Spirit Lake, Iowa, May 18, 1887. His parents, I. N. and Amy (Gilbert) Weaver, came to Iowa in 1872, and were substantial farmers, at first in Audubon County and later in Clay County, Iowa. Both died in Coon Rapids. His father was born in Ohio, son of William Weaver, a native of Montpelier, that state. The Weaver family came from Germany in the 1700s. John Weaver was born in Pennsylvania in 1725 and had sons named Joseph, George, Abraham, Daniel and John. Mrs. Amy (Gilbert) Weaver was a native of Kentucky where her father, John Gilbert, spent his active life as a plantation and slave owner. Doctor Weaver's parents were Methodists, his mother being very active in her church affiliations. His father was a Republican. Of the nine children eight are living, Doctor Weaver being the seventh in age.

Doctor Weaver attended school at Coon Rapids, and in 1907 entered the halls of the University of Iowa at Iowa City. He was a student there for seven years, combining his general literary and scientific and medical courses. The Bachelor of Science degree was conferred upon him in 1913 and he graduated M.D. in 1914. Doctor Weaver had an extensive experience as an interne in the Iowa Hospital at Iowa City and in 1916 located at Shenandoah. He was the first physician of Shenandoah to confine his work to the special field of eye, ear, nose and throat. Doctor Weaver has attended many hospital clinics. In September, 1918, he joined the colors, being in training at the Medical Officers Training School at Fort Riley, Kansas, and saw service several months in France during the World war. He ranked as a first lieutenant and received his honorable discharge July 11, 1919.

Doctor Weaver is a member of the Page County, Iowa State and American Medical Associations, the Sioux Valley Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Academy, the Omaha and Council Bluffs Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Society, and the American Academy of Oto-Laryngology.

He married in 1916 Miss Loraine Vollertsen, who was born at Charter Oak, Iowa, and was educated in the high school at Battle Creek, Iowa, and in Iowa State College at Ames. They have two children, Julia, born in 1920, and John, born in 1923. Doctor Weaver is a trustee of the Presbyterian Church and his wife devotes much time to church work. He is a Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner and a Republican in politics.

~ 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.

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