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April 3, 1937 - May 13, 1937

The following articles were transcribed from the Newton Daily News; the first was published on April 3, 1937 and the last was May 13, 1937.

Editor's Notes: Following is the first of a series of articles on the history of the medical profession in Jasper county, which was recently presented by Dr. M. R. Hammer as a paper at the annual meeting of the Jasper County Medical Society.

First Medical Society Organized In May 1858. Newton Daily News; Saturday, April 3, 1937

Dr. John Hunter Was Chairman with Son, Henry, Secretary

The first medical society of Jasper county was organized in May 1858. Dr. John Hunter was elected chairman and his son, Dr. Henry Hunter, was secretary. Doctors Harris and Gray were elected to form a constitution and by-laws, and Dr. Dinwiddle and Dr. Henry Hunter were to draw up a fee bill.

Short-Lived

This first society, which completed its organization, May 3, 1858, was short lived and Jasper county had no medical society until June 1874.

In 1874 a society was organized with Dr. J. W. Shooley, Monroe, president; Dr. J. W. Adams, Prairie City, vice president; Dr. B. M. Failor, Newton, secretary; Dr.

J. R. Gorrell, Newton, treasurer, and Dr. H. E. hunter, Newton; Dr. I. A. Hammer, Colfax, and Dr. W. H. Shaw, Monroe, censors.

This society also came to an early end but was reorganized about 1879 with Dr. Henry E. Hunter as president; Dr. B. M. Failor, secretary; Dr. Perry Engle, treasurer; Dr. Marion Hammer and Dr. J. W. Shooley, members.

25 Members in 1912

In 1912, according to a report by Dr. Perry Engle, "The society is composed of 25 members, the following are officers: "President, Dr. Harry Engle; vice president, Dr. L. E. C. Turner; secretary, Dr. F. E. Boyd; censors, Dr. Perry Engle, Dr. C. E. Boyd, Dr. John Sherburn."

Present Roster

Doctors who are now members of the Jasper County Medical Society include, R. G. Anspach, Colfax; E. F. Besser, Newton; J. W. Billingsley, Newton; F. E. Boyd, Colfax; H. W. Canfield, Baxter; Frank Carpenter, Reasnor; F. E. Carpenter, Newton; O. O. Carpenter, Sully; H. P. Engle, Newton; Harry H. Ennis, Baxter; L. E. Fellows, Newton; R. F. Frech, Newton; Q. L. Gould, Kellogg; M. R. Hammer, Newton; H. M. Tharp, Monroe; J. F. Harp, Prairie City; P. M. Henry, Prairie City; J. C. Hill, Newton, S. E. Hinshaw, Newton; J. A. W. Johnson, Newton; E. A. McMurray, Newton; A. F. Quire, Lynnville; F. E. Quire, Lynnville; N. S. Lieberman, Monroe; A. C. Reynolds, Mingo; S. J. Ritchey, Newton; L. L. Smead, Newton; F. L. Smith, Newton; Ray Stone, Sully; T. D. Wright, Newton; R. W. Wood, Newton; C. R. Van Voorhis, Prairie City.


After the first of the series was published then others followed on a regular basis, each prefaced with the following:

Editor's Note: This is another in a series of articles on the history of the medical profession in Jasper county, which were recently presented by Dr. M. R. Hammer as a paper at the annual meeting of the Jasper County Medical Society.

Newton Daily News; Tuesday, April 6, 1937

Dr. Henry Rodgers of Pendleton, Ind., was the first to practice medicine in Newton, Jasper county, Iowa. His grandson and namesake, Henry Rodgers, lives near the airport east of Newton and from him I obtained the following history:

Dr. Henry Rodgers came to Newton in 1849. He died in 1855 and was buried in the cemetery north of Newton. He only practiced about six years but he has left a wonderful name as a doctor behind him. In those days there were no buggies and he rode horseback.

Dr. Rodgers was recovering from a very severe attack of fever when some people in Rock Creek township, east of Kellogg, came for him to go and see a very sick man there. As I said, they had no buggies, so the doctor had them fix up a bed in a wagon. He made this journey from Newton, about 14 miles, in a wagon, visited the patient and returned home. The patient recovered - the doctor had a relapse and died. He was the most beloved doctor that ever practiced in Newton.


Newton Daily News; Thursday, April 8, 1937

Dr. William Patton was born in Warren county, Ohio, in 1818, graduated at Cincinnati, O. He practiced medicine in Rock Creek township, Jasper county, from 1855 to 1862, when he died of cerebra spinal meningitis, which he contracted while attending patients in Grinnell. I was a patient of Dr. Patton in 1859.

Dr. A. T. Ault came to Newton in 1855 and practiced here until 1862 when he enlisted in Company C 22nd Infantry of Iowa Volunteers as captain in the war between the states. He returned to Newton and then moved to Missouri, where he died.

Drs. Nealy and A. L. Gray were active practitioners in Newton in the early fifties. I was personally acquainted with Dr. Nealy's wife.

Dr. Hiram S. Parks was a pioneer physician in the early fifties in Poweshiek township, Jasper county, where he practiced until 1863 and then moved to Kansas. He was the grandfather of Dr. Lewis C. S. Turner of Colfax.


Newton Daily News; Monday, April 12, 1937

Dr. B. M. Failor was born in Bucyrus, O., Feb. 21, 1831. He enlisted in the 19th Ohio Volunteer Infantry and had a horse shot from under him in the battle of Stenes river. He was major and at the expiration of his term of enlistment, men of the regiment presented him with a gold watch with his name engraved, as a token of kindness for his services as physician.

He died Sept. 12, 1901, from a wound received at the hand of a robber, when making a call. The robber took this watch, before mentioned, from the doctor's body. Dr. Failor located in Newton in 1865.


Daily News; Thursday, April 15, 1937

Dr. E. A. Goodwin was born April 10, 1831, at Hallowell, Me. He enlisted June 14, 1861, in Company F, 99th New York Volunteers, and was discharged July 2, 1864. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1817 and then at Long Island Medical college. He came to Newton in 1873, practiced two years, then located at Baxter where he died Oct. 18, 1910, and was buried there. He was a classmate of Dr. Perry Engle, both at the university and Long island. Note: E.A. Goodwin Civil War Diaries


Newton Daily News; Saturday, April 17, 1937

Dr. Henry E. Hunter was born in Carrolltown, O., Sept. 18, 1830. He came to Newton in 1854. After practicing awhile in Newton he returned to Ohio and married Sarah A. Wilson, Feb. 27, 1855.

Dr. Perry Engle says, "Dr. Hunter was the soul of honor - brave, manly and just and at his death, June 20, 1902, was the oldest practicing physician in Jasper county." His pallbearers were Drs. S. Druett of Anamosa, Perry Engle, C. E. Boyd, E. F. Besser, C. C. Smead of Newton, T. H. Hendershot of Monroe and L. E. S. Turner of Colfax.

Dr. John S. Hunter came from Carrolltown, O., in 1857, the father of Dr. Henry Hunter who came to Newton two years previous. When he arrived in Newton, Drs. Ault, Nealy, Hammer, Dinwiddle, Gray and others were in the active practice as well as his son Henry.


Newton Daily News; Tuesday, April 20, 1937

Dr. I. A. Hammer was born in Jefferson County, Tennessee and came to Newton in 1864. Dr. Perry Engle says, "He was a man of marked ability, served as Mayor of Newton two years, was master of Newton lodge four years. In 1872 he moved to Des Moines and was elected city clerk. In 1892 he moved to Chicago where he practiced medicine until his death, which occurred Jan. 1, 1900. He was a Methodist preacher as well as a doctor. He was an uncle of Dr. Marion Hammer.

He graduated in medicine and, as mentioned by Dr. Engle, was Methodist Episcopal minister, ordained after due examination.

A. H. Buchanan was born at sea, January 1, 1830. He lived in Alabama three years. His parents brought him to Richland county, Ohio when he was three years old, where he grew to manhood. He graduated at Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Penn. He practiced medicine at Bellville, Ohio for twenty-five years. In 1876 he came to Newton, Ia., where he lived two years, then moved to Baxter, Ia., where he died April 3, 1911. He had two daughters, one of whom married George Hunter, only son of Dr. Henry E. Hunter.

William Bailey, born in Boston, England March 14, 1819. Died in Newton, Ia., July 25, 1907, in his eighty-eighth year. He was the son of Rev. William Bailey. He came to America at the age of ten, settled in New York State, and later moved to Ohio, where he grew to manhood. At the age of 23 he received his degree as Doctor of Medicine from the Lake Erie University of Columbus, Ohio. He practiced medicine for 25 years in Ohio and two years in Newton, Iowa. He was a charter member of the Masonic Lodge of Baxter.

J. R. Gorrell was born near Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio, May 6, 1835. He went to Wells County, Indiana in 1845, graduated at the University of Buffalo, New York, February 1849. He opened an office at Newville, DeKalb County, Indiana, August 1859 where he practiced until 1863. He enlisted in the 129th Ind. Volunteer Infantry as Regimental Surgeon. At the close of the War he came to Newton, Iowa and practiced medicine until his death.

He had three partners while practicing in Newton, first, Dr. C. E. Boyd, second, Dr. Robb and third, Dr. Besser. Dr. Gorrell served as State Senator of Iowa, as did Perry Engle and Dr. Billingsley. Dr. J. R. Gorrell had two children, Carrie Gorrell Hunter, and Arthur R. Gorrell. Arthur graduated from the I.S.U. and Northwestern University of Chicago. Died in 1911. Arthur was a very able lawyer whom I respected very highly and counted as a friend.

Dr. Lewis C. S. Turner, born in Jasper County, Iowa, November 2, 1854. His wife, Dr. Alice D. S. Turner, born in Jasper County, Iowa, March 13, 1859. They practiced medicine for many years in Colfax, Iowa. They had a sanitarium called the "Rest Sanitarium" which they operated for many years. The sanitarium is now owned by Dr. R. Anspach. Dr. Lewis Turner was city physician for many years. They were very prominent in public affairs, both being very fine physicians. Dr. Alice was the first lady physician in Jasper County.


Newton Daily News; Tuesday, April 20, 1937

Rev. William Bailey. He came to America at the age of ten, settled in New York State, and later moved to Ohio, where he grew to manhood. At the age of 23 he received his degree as Doctor of Medicine from the Lake Erie University of Columbus, Ohio. He practiced medicine for 25 years in Ohio and two years in Newton, Iowa. He was a charter member of the Masonic Lodge of Baxter.

J. R. Gorrell was born near Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio, May 6, 1835. He went to Wells County, Indiana in 1845, graduated at the University of Buffalo, New York, February 1849. He opened an office at Newville, DeKalb County, Indiana, August 1859 where he practiced until 1863. He enlisted in the 129th Ind. Volunteer Infantry as Regimental Surgeon. At the close of the War he came to Newton, Iowa and practiced medicine until his death.

He had three partners while practicing in Newton, first, Dr. C. E. Boyd, second, Dr. Robb and third, Dr. Besser, Dr. Gorrell served as State Senator of Iowa, as did Perry Engle and Dr. Billingsley, Dr. J. R. Gorrell had two children, Carrie Gorrell Hunter, and Arthur R. Gorrell. Arthur graduated from the I.S.U. and Northwestern University of Chicago. Died in 1911. Arthur was a very able lawyer whom I respected very highly and counted as a friend.

Dr. Lewis C. S. Turner, born in Jasper County, Iowa, November 2, 1854. His wife, Dr. Alice D. S. Turner, born in Jasper County, Iowa, March 13, 1859. They practiced medicine for many years in Colfax, Iowa. They had a sanitarium called the "Rest Sanitarium" which they operated for many years. The sanitarium is now owned by Dr. R. Anspach. Dr. Lewis Turner was city physician for many years. They were very prominent in public affairs, both being very fine physicians. Dr. Alice was the first lady physician in Jasper County.


Newton Daily News; Friday, April 23, 1937

A. W. Adair, who practiced in Kellogg for more than 40 years, moved to Des Moines and died of cancer of the stomach.

William S. Adair, son of A. W. Adair, born in Kellogg, practiced about 35 years and died there. He graduated in 1881 at I.S.U.

E. D. Allen, of Monroe, died there.

W. E. Anspach, practiced medicine in Colfax, moved to Chicago and has a very fine business.

C. J. Apline, practiced at Monroe, moved to Cambridge, Iowa.

R. G. Anspach, Colfax, has a sanitarium and two or three hotels in Colfax. Has been practicing medicine there for several years and is widely known.

W. S. Balkama, practiced medicine a couple of years in Newton. He is now located at Sheldon, Iowa.

J. W. Beck, Kellogg, nephew of Dr. Adair, moved to Des Moines where he served several terms as coroner and where he died.

J. G. Bidwell, Prairie City, removed to parts unknown to writer.

Lindley S. Blackledge, left Newton in 1883 for California. Was killed in an automobile accident about eight or ten years ago.

W. H. Booth, Newton, practiced at Lebanon, Oregon, and died there.

Joel Booth, now of Lebanon, Oregon, in active practice.

F. E. Boyd, Colfax graduated in 1893 at the I.S.U. Medical Dept. has practiced in Colfax for about 40 years. Dr. Boyd is quite prominent in financial circles as well as in medical. He is of southern lineage. His father was born near Knoxville, Tennessee. He is a mason, - Politically a Republican.

C. E. Boyd, one-time partner of Dr. J. R. Gorrell, died and buried in Newton Union Cemetery.

Dr. Briggs, practiced in Killduff, residence unknown.

C. E. Broderic, practiced in Newton two or three years, moved to Cherokee, Iowa. Specialized in eye, ear, nose and throat.

T. A. Burk, Colfax, unknown.

E. F. Besser, graduated 1900, college P.S., Chicago. Born Harper, Iowa. On commission of Insanity for 32 years. Son Edward graduates at Johns Hopkins[the name now is Johns Hopkins?] this year and then will intern at Hopkins in Surgery. The grandfather of E. F. Besser was a surgeon in the German army.

John W. Billingsley, born Lenexa, Kansas, Nov. 11, 1889. B. A. Simpson, 1910, Indianola, Iowa; M. D. Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio, 1914; Intern at Methodist Hospital, Des Moines, Iowa; Practiced at Monroe, Iowa, 1915; Army, 1917; Newton, Iowa, 1920.

James M. Brown, practiced in Newton and removed to Nebraska. He was the son of Rev. T. F. Brown. Read medicine with Dr. Perry Engle.


Newton Daily News; Saturday, April 24, 1937

Herbert W. Canfield, practiced in Baxter, for many years. Has many friends. Graduated at Keokuk Medical college in 1903

Frank Carpenter, Reasnor, graduated at Drake University College of medicine, Des Moines, Iowa in 1897.

Dr. Fred Carpenter, moved from Galesburg, Iowa to Pella, Iowa. Graduated from Drake University College at Medicine in 1897. Is still in Pella.

Fred E. Carpenter, son of Frank Carpenter. A prominent eye, ear, nose and throat specialist, located at 527 Maytag Building. Has been practicing for a number of years.

Father of Frank Carpenter of Reasnor, Fred Carpenter of Pella, and O. O. Carpenter of Sully. Grandfather of Fred E. Carpenter of Newton.

Dr. O. O. Carpenter, attended Old Western Normal College at Shenandoah. Graduated in Pharmacy 1891. In Medical 1894. Drake University. Post graduate, Chicago Clinical School 1904. Been at Sully since 1900.

W. B. Chase, Prairie City. Graduated at I.S.U. medical Dept. in 1902.

George Clarke, located in Des Moines and died to T. B.

J. B. Coor, of Monroe, residence is not known.

J. C. Corselius, first practiced at Galesburg for many years then moved to Colfax and practiced for 20 years, where he died at the age of 92.

E. D. Downs, Baxter. Graduated at I.S.U. medical Dept. in 1885.

Harry P. Engle, born 1872 at Newton, Iowa. Graduated from the State University of Iowa in 1894. Took post-graduate work in Chicago, 1899; New York. 1900 and Vienna, Austria, 1901. Member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology.

Perry Engle, born at Benton Ridge, Hancock Co., Ohio, July 16, 1841 on a farm. He graduated from medical Dept. of the Univ. of Michigan in 1871. He also graduated from Long Island College at Brooklyn, New York. In 1872 he had charge of the Third Street Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1876 he established the Newton herald. In 1889 Dr. Engle was elected State Senator by a majority of about two hundred. He was the first man to be elected to the legislature in Jasper Co. in opposition to the Republican Nominee. Dr. Engle served in the 23rd and 24th General Assembly. Dr. Engle had two sons, both graduates of the I.S.U.; Dr. H. P. Engle in the medical Dept. and Bert J. Engle, in the Dept. of law.

Dr. Engle was a man who knew no fear. An angry medical rival challenged him to fight a duel. The Doctor accepted. The party challenged has the right to choose the weapons and name the distance. Dr. Engle chose sawed off shotguns - distance three paces. His opponent refused to fight. Dr. Engle died June 26, 1935 and was buried in the Newton cemetery. He would have been 95 years of age his next birthday.

Harry H. Ennis, Baxter, born in 1880. Graduated at University of Louisville, Kentucky in 1909. Practiced in Baxter for several medical affairs. Charles Erichson, located in Des Moines. (Newton).

E. S. Eschbaugh, was located in Monroe and moved to Albia where he has a big practice. He was a cousin to Dr. Perry Engle.


Newton Daily News; Tuesday, April 27, 1937
(partially in newspaper fold so many given names are not known.)

____ Faust, formerly employed ___ E. A. McMurray, now of ___

____ Finch, left Lynnville and ___ Oklahoma. Married Dr. ___'s cousin.

____ Franzee of Greencastle, ___ Shelby bounty and died.

____ French, died in Newton.

L____ Eaton Fellows, born ___ Ia., Feb. 11, 1893. Gradu- ___ University of Michigan, 1918; __Graduate work - Manhattan __ Nose and Throat hospital ___ City. Practiced at Ells___ Ia., 1919-21; Webster City, ___, Newton, Ia., 1928-37.

Raymond F. Frech was born Aug. 11, 1907 at St. Charles, Ia. ___ Des Moines grade and ___ schools. Three years L. A. at ___ University. Graduated from ___ from Iowa University ___. One year internship, ___ General hospital, Des Moines, Ia. One years residency at Broadlawns General hospital. Member of ___ Rho Sigma. Medical Fraternity. ___ ree years at Newton, Ia., ___ Maytag company.

____ Garner, Mingo, Graduated ___ College of Phy. & Surgery, St. Louis, Mo.

____ Gearhart, another Colfax __ now in Pierre, S.D.

____ Goodrich, one of Ira, now ___ Pacific Coast.

____ C. Graham, Baxter, gradu___ State University of Iowa __ and located for the practice __ in Baxter in 1885. Left __ in 1910 and finally located ___ Calif., in 1917 and con___ practice medicine there ___ 28, 1929, the date of his ___.

____ W. Graham, Baxter, grad___ Drake University of Med___ Des Moines, Ia., in 1905.

____ Gray, practitioner in 1854 ___

____ Gray, left Newton and is ___ in Des Moines.

____ Green, practiced in Newton ___ and after the Civil war. ___ Newton cemetery.

____ Grimes, born west of Kellogg ___ to Bedford, Ia., prac__ __ successfully.

____ __imes, born west of Kellogg, __ Des Moines, practiced for __ 49 years there and died ____.

____ Hackett, Kellogg, Ia., gradu-___ . Homeopathic Dept. 1889.

Alex Hall, Colfax, unknown.

M. J. Hammond, Baxter, Graduated at Drake University College of medicine, Des Moines, Ia.

J. F. Hammer, practiced at Adamson Grove P.O. In 1876 moved to Churdan, Kans., then quite the practice of medicine, came to Des Moines and was employed in a clerical position by the C. B. & Q. railroad for a number of years and died at Ottumwa.

The following brief biography was written by Dr. Harry P. Engle.

Marion R. Hammer, born at Amboy, seven miles east of Newton, Jan. 26, 1853. Graduated at the Northwestern medical college at St. Joseph, Mo. Taught Physiology in King medical College, Des Moines, Ia., for four years. Taught Physiology and Anatomy seven terms in Newton Normal college, Newton, Ia. Taught two terms in Lynnville Friends Academy, Lynnville, Ia. Taught six terms in the public schools of Iowa, three terms in Jasper county, Ia., three terms in Plymouth county. Was coroner of Jasper county two years. City physician and health officer of Newton eight or nine times and physician to county jail and has served for more than 20 years but not continuously. Was made a Mason at Lynnville, Ia., Lebanon Lodge, No. 327 and since which time has taken the Shrine and every degree in Masonry except the 33rd degree in the Scottish Rite. He holds membership in the Blue Lodge, Chapter and Commandry in Newton, the Scottish Rite and Council in Des Moines. He demitted from the Shrine in Nashville. Is honorary member in Jasper county Medical Society.

John Hanna, Kellogg, residence now unknown.

M. R. Hardin, practiced in Newton for several years. She was the most lady-like doctor that I ever met. She had a high sense of medical honor.

J. F. Harp, Prairie City, graduated at I.S.U. medical Dept. 1884.

George N. Harsh, Baxter, graduated at Louisville medical college in 1890 then located at Baxter. On account of ill health moved to Melrose, N.M., in 1906 and remained in active practice at that place until 1928, the time of his death. Buried at Baxter, Ia.

Wm. W. Hawk, Colfax, graduated at Physicians & Surgeons College at Keokuk, Ia., in 1880. Was a representative to the Iowa legislature. Died at Colfax. J. T. Hendershot, practiced in Monroe, where he died of T. B.

Dr. Hill, eye, ear, nose and throat. Dr. Hill practiced in Newton, then moved to Estherville, Ia., and died.

James Charlesworth Hill, born April 21, 1878, Newton, Ia. A. B. Monmouth college, Monmouth, Ill., 1902; M. D. rush Medical college in affiliation with Univ. of Chi., 1905; Interned St. Josephs hospital at St. Joe, Mo. 1905; Interned Presbyterian hosp. Chi., Ill., latter part of 1905, 1906 and part of 1907. Practiced Newton, Iowa from June 1897 to present, 1937. President Jasper Co. M. S. 1935. Second Vice-Pres. Iowa State M. S. in 1934. First Vice-Pres. Iowa State M. S. in 1935. Member Medical Economics Committee of Iowa. State Medical Society for the past several years.

Dr. Sylvester E. Hinshaw, born in 1876, Newton. Graduated in 1912 at Drake University college of Medicine, Des Moines. His grandfather, Enoc Janeway, was a first cousin of Dr. Hammer. Dr. Hinshaw was one of the most prominent and influential medical men in Newton.

E. M. Holland, Colfax, died there. Formerly Methodist Minister.

Frank Hunter, practiced and died in Newton.

P. M. Herny, Prairie City, Ia., son-in-law of Dr. Harp.


Newton Daily News; Thursday, April 29, 1937

Dr. Jacobs, practiced medicine in Kellogg, moved to Illinois where he is quite successful.

D. F. Janeway, Kellogg, practiced in Kansas and was elected to Kansas Legislature and then moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma. Practiced there and died about 10 years ago. Born in Tennessee in 1851 and was a first cousin of mine.

Jens Andreas William Johnson, born near Fuglsang Mark, Denmark, Nov. 20, 1885. Came to Monoma County, Iowa, Nov. 1886. Attended Univ. of Iowa for two years, 1909 and 1910. Taught school for three years. Attended Univ. of Michigan at Ann Arbor and graduated in 1917. Practiced in Baroda, Michigan for one year. Spent three years in Univ. of Michigan in post-graduate work, finishing as an instructor in the Dept. of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Came to Iowa in 1921 where he operated a private hospital at Mapleton, Iowa. Moved to Riverside, Sioux City, Iowa in the spring of 1924. Came to Newton in 1926. Vice-Pres. Of Jasper County M. S. in 1934. He is a member of the Jasper Co. M. S., Iowa State M. S. and the American medical Assn. Also, was appointed a member of the American College of Surgeons, Nov. 1, 1935.

Daniel Johnson, practiced in Oklahoma, now retired - lives in Newton.

George Johnson, practiced in Newton, then went to Oklahoma. After practicing several years, died there.

G. N. Jones, Colfax. Graduated Northwestern Medical College of St. Joe, Mo. is dead

Dr. Kiebels, practiced in Newton, then moved to California.

Myrta M. Knowles, Prairie City, graduated at I.S.U. Medical Dept. in 1894.

Paul Koeper, Baxter, graduated from Rush medical college in 1899. He had one year's service in Cook County hospital, Chicago and on completion of that located at Baxter, his first and only location, in 1900. He died at Baxter from a tumor of the brain on Dec. 12, 1914.

Dr. Leary, practiced at Reasnor a number of years - present address unknown.

Bismark Leisman, Kellogg, graduated at Rush medical college, Chicago, in 1890.

J. A. Leonard, practiced in Newton. Present address unknown.

J. Lindley, located and died, while a young man at Marengo, Ia.

E. W. Lore, practiced in Monroe, died there. Uncle of Harry Gribbon P.M.

E. E. Lusk, Newton. Graduated at Hahnemann Medical college of Chicago in 1901. Was a Christian Minister of the Church of Christ here in Newton. Residence unknown.

C. J. Lukins, located in Galesburg, Ia., then in Oskaloosa, where he died. Read medicine with Dr. Perry Engle.

Mary Lyons, Metz, resident unknown.

N. S. Lieberman, Monroe belongs to the Jasper County Medical society.

D. W. McConnavghey, practiced at Reasnor, and Prairie City and died at Prairie City.

Ralph McLaughlin, practiced at Monroe, moved to St. Louis. Specialized in eye.

J. C. McNutt, left Reasnor and residence is unknown. Became a Methodist preacher.

Edward A. McMurray, born Newton, Ia., Nov. 10, 1900. Graduated St. Louis University, 1925. Practiced Newton, Ia., 1926. Offices: city health physician, 1935, coroner, 1923; president Jasper County med. Soc. 2 years.

John Martin, practiced in Newton, moved to Des Moines.

J. W. Martain of Colfax, residence unknown.

E. H. Mershon, practiced in Newton for 40 years and died in Newton.

S. F. Miller, once located at Colfax, Prairie City and Baxter. Died at Baxter.

Max Miller, red medicine with J. R. Gorrell and is now in Newton, Kans.

Everett Moore, practiced medicine in Newton, moved to California where he is doing exceedingly well.

I. H. Moore, practiced in Prairie city a number of years. Present residence unknown.

David H. Norris, Vandalia. Practiced more than 40 years.

Dr. Neeley, was practitioner in 1854 in Newton.


Newton Daily News; Friday, April 30, 1937

Dr. Packard, had office west side of square. Present address unknown.

W. Painter, Lynnville, Ia. Graduated at Rush Medical College, Chicago.

J. L. Pifer, left Newton. Now in Chicago.

H. C. Potter of Prairie City. Located in Des Moines - since died.

H. L. Prentiss, whereabouts unknown.

Austin Flint Quire, Lynnville, graduated in 1901 at College of Phy. & Surgeons, Keokuk, Ia. Son of Dr. Chas. E. Quire. Was born, raised and is still practicing at Lynnville. His mother was a cousin of my mother.

C. E. Quire, Lynnville, graduated at Rush Medical College at Chicago, in 1870. Located at Lynnville at the close of the war between the states and practiced more than 40 years. He was a surgeon at Nashville, Tenn., at the Zollicoffer Hotel, which was used as a hospital when the Battle of Stones River took place. He died and was buried at Lynnville, Ia. He had two sons, Frank E. and Austin Flint, who are now practicing medicine at Lynnville.

Frank Edward Quire, born in 1868. Graduated at Rush Medical College in 1892. Practiced in Peoria, Ia., for several years, then moved to Lynnville and has practiced there ever since. He was born in Lynnville.

M. W. Richey, practiced in Colfax, now at Le Mars, where he has built up a large practice.

J. Ridhout, located in Jasper county in the early 50's, practiced in Newton for many years and then near Baxter. Died in Newton 88 years old.

Samuel Ridhout, son of Dr. J. Ridhout, read medicine with Dr. Perry Engle. History unknown.

E. H. Robb, Newton, is now of Neenah, Wis. Former partner of Dr. Gorrell. Graduated in 1890 at I.S.U. Med. Dept., Iowa City, Ia.

C. T. Robbins, practiced in Newton, partner of Dr. P. Engle, moved to Des Moines.

L. O. Rodgers, died in Newton.

Albert C. Raynolds, Mingo, born 1872, graduated at Drake University at Des Moines.

Sterling J. Ritchey, born Feb. 4, 1908, Bradgate, Ia. Graduated University of Iowa, 1933. Practiced Colfax, Ia., March 1935 to Oct. 1936. Since in Newton. Present Sec. of Jasper Co. Med. Soc. 1937.

J. R. Ryan, Colfax. Practiced there for more than 40 years. Moved to Des Moines, practiced 10 years. Died of cancer of the stomach. He was a Kentuckian by birth. He has 2 nephews practicing medicine in Des Moines - James and Granville Ryan.

R. A. Schlag, Monroe, graduated in 1903 from Gross medical College, Med. Dept. of the Rocky Mt. University, Denver, Colo.

W. H. Shaw, Monroe, Michigan State University, Ann Arbor, Mich.

John R. Sherborn and his wife, Florence B. Sherborn, practiced in Colfax for a number of years, then moved to Kansas.

James A. Shrader, practiced in Monroe. Brother to Prof. John A. Shrader of I.S.U. Med. Dept. Died at Monroe.

A. C. Simonton, was partner with Henry E. Hunter. Located in Calif.

Ed Smart, Newton, moved to Nebraska.

Dr. C. C. Smead, graduated in 1880 at Rush Medical college, Chicago, Ill. Practiced in Reasnor, Sully and Newton. Died at Newton and was buried in Union cemetery.

L. L. Smead, Newton. Graduated in 1903 at Northwestern Univ. Medical School (Chi. Medical College), Chicago, Ill.; his son Howard H. Smead is a senior medical student at the I.S.U.

Frank L. Smith, born ___, Illinois, Feb. 17, 1867. B. A. Knox college, Galesburg, Ill., M. D. Drake, Des Moines, Ia. Practiced Monroe, Ia., 1901, Newton, Ia., 1915 to present, 1937.

J. C. Smith, Sully, graduated in 1895 at Keokuk medical college.


Newton Daily News; Friday, Saturday, May 1, 1937

The following persons read medicine with Dr. Perry Engle:

  • James M. Brown, practiced in Newton and removed to Nebraska. He was the son of the Rev. T. F. Brown.
  • James Cooper, now of Rockwell City, Iowa.
  • Joseph Coughill, now located at Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • H. P. Engle, son of Perry Engle, located in Newton. Studied medicine in Europe. Specialized in eye, ear, nose and throat.
  • Theodore Engle, located at State Center, Iowa, where he owned and conducted a large sanitarium. He died there. He was a brother of Dr. Perry Engle.
  • Asbury Edgar, unknown.
  • J. F. Hammer, practiced at Adamson Grove P.O. In 1876 moved to Churdan, Kans., then quit the practice of medicine, came to Des Moines and was employed in a clerical position by the C. B. & Q. railroad for a number of years and died at Ottumwa.
  • Marion R. Hammer, located in Newton. The oldest practicing physician in the county.
  • Daniel Johnson, practiced in Oklahoma, now retired - lives in Newton.
  • George Johnson, practiced in Newton, then went to Oklahoma. After practicing several years, died there.
  • C. J. Lukins, located in Galesburg, Ia., then in Oskaloosa, where he died.
  • Samuel Ridhout, son of Dr. J. Ridhout - history unknown.
  • Bailey Thomas, practiced in Newton two or three years. Moved to Carthage, Mo. He was the son of Darius Thomas, found and owner of Hazel Dell Academy.
  • A. Wells, unknown

Newton Daily News; Thursday, May 6, 1937

The Jasper County Medical Society

The first Medical Society of Jasper County was organized in May 1858. Dr. John Hunter was elected chairman and his son, Dr. Henry Hunter secretary. Drs. Harris and Gray were elected to frame a constitution and by-laws. Dr. Dinwiddle and Henry Hunter were to draw up a fee bill. The Society completed its organization May 24, 1858 with five members.

This was short lived and Japer County had no Medical Society until June 1874 when another was organized with the following officers: President, J. W. Shooley, Monroe; vice-pres, J. W. Adams, Prairie City; Sec., B. M. Failor, Newton; Treas., J. R. Gorrell, Newton; censors: H. E. Hunter, Newton; I. A. Hammer, Colfax; W. H. Shaw, Monroe.

This Society also came to an end but was reorganized about 1879. Dr. Henry E. Hunter, president; Dr. B. M. Failor, secretary; Dr. Perry Engle, treasurer; Dr. Marion Hammer and J. W. Shooley, members. In 1912 Dr. Perry Engle says, "The Society is composed of 25 members, the following are the officers: president, Dr. Harry Engle; Vice-Pres., Dr. L. E. C. Turner; secretary, Dr. F. E. Boyd; Censors: Dr. Perry Engle, Dr. C. E. Boyd, Dr. John Sherburn.

Present members of the Jasper County Medical Society are:

Anspach, R. G. of ColfaxHerny, P. M. of Prairie City
Besser, E. F. of Newton Hill, J. C. of Newton
Billingsley, J. W. of Newton Hinshaw, S. E. of Newton
Boyd, F. E. of Newton Johnson, J. A. W. of Newton
Canfield, H. W. of Baxter McMurray, E. A. of Newton
Carpenter, Frank of Reasnor Quire, A. E. of Lynnville
Carpenter, F. E. of Newton Quire, F. E. of Lynnville
Carpenter, O. O. of Sully Lieberman, N. S. of Monroe
Engle, H. P. of Newton Reynolds, A. C. of Mingo
Ennis, Harry H. of Baxter Ritchey, S. J. of Newton
Fellows, L. E. of Newton Smead, L. L. of Newton
Frech, R. F. of Newton Smith, F. L. of Newton
Gould, Q. (I) L. of Kellogg Stone, Ray of Sully
Hammer, M. R. of Newton Wright, T. D. of Newton
Harp, H. M. of Monroe Wood, R. W. of Newton
Harp, J. F. of Prairie City Van Voorhis, C. R. of Prairie City

Doctors Born in Jasper County, Ia.

Dr. H. P. Engle, Newton, Iowa Dr. F. E. Boyd, Colfax, Iowa
Dr. Wm. H. Booth, died Lebanon, Oregon Dr. F. E. Quire, Lynnville, Iowa
Dr. Joel Booth, is practicing at Lebanon, Oregon Dr. A. F. Quire, Lynnville, Iowa
Dr. Howard Gray, Des Moines Dr. Roy McLaughlin, St. Louis, Mo.
Dr. Adam Grimes, Bedford, Iowa Dr. D. F. Janeway, died Stillwater, Oklahoma
Dr. Eli Grimes, Des Moines died there Dr. Lewis C. S. Turner, died Colfax
Dr. J. F. Hammer, died at Ottumwa Dr. Alice D. S. Turner, died Colfax
Dr. M. R. Hammer, Newton Dr. Everett Moore, San Jose, California
Dr. E. A. McMurray, Newton Dr. Edward Smart, Nebraska
Dr. Will Adair, born in Kellogg, died there Dr. C. E. Brodric, Cherokee, Ia.
Dr. L. L. Smead, Newton, Iowa Dr. Max Miller, Newton, Kansas
Dr. F. C. Carpenter, Newton Dr. Wm. R. Trotter, died in Des Moines, Ia.
Dr. C. E. Boyd, died in Newton Dr. G. E. Hinshaw

Newton Daily News; Thursday, May 13, 1937

Dr. Schooley

John W. Schooley, a native of New York (state) first practiced in Pella, Iowa, then in Monroe, last in Reasnor. Was in partnership with Dr. M. R. Hammer for a time at Reasnor, and died at Reasnor, Iowa.

Dr. Schooley was the first president of the reorganized Jasper County Medical Society, June 1874.

During the war between the states he served as assistant surgeon of the Third Iowa Infantry from Oct. 22, 1862 until he resigned June 21, 1864. He was wounded June 4, 1863 at the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Dr. Gorrell

A. G. Gorrell was born in Indiana. Studied medicine with his brother, J. R. Gorrell. Practiced in Clyde, Jasper county, Iowa for a while and then returned to Ossian, Indiana.

Cyrus Gorrell, brother of J. R. and A. G. Correll also practiced medicine at Clyde, then moved to State Center and finally returned to his former home in Indiana.

Dr. Adams

G. G. W. Adams practiced in Newton from say about 1875 to about 1888. He had a machine to make compressed tablets. He had but one formula consequently he only had one kind of medicine. He had a number of bottles filled with tablets but they were all alike so if he gave the patient three boxes of medicine to be taken at different times, the boxes contained the same kind of medicine. He was very patriotic. He had his house painted red, white and blue. He remarked to a patient that the stomach contained 19 coats.

Transcribed February 2014 by Diana Wagner, member of the Jasper County Genealogical Association.


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