MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 373
submitted by Neal Carter, October 13, 2007
DR. ALBERT ADY IS NO MORE
March 21, 1894
The Oldest Practicing Physician in Muscatine County Suddenly Succumbs to Heart Disease
Albert Ady, M. D., who had been practicing longer than any physician in Muscatine county, fell dead at his home in West Liberty yesterday afternoon at 4 o’clock. The Doctor was subject to heart trouble for many years and predicted that his death would occur suddenly. He had just returned home from making a professional call yesterday afternoon when the final summons came, and he expired almost immediately. For a number of years the deceased made his residence in this city, and only last summer he moved back to West Liberty with his family.
Dr. Ady was born in Harrison county, O., Feb. 27, 1830, and twenty-five years later moved with his parents to Muscatine county. Like hundreds of men who have moved to positions of responsibility and prominence, the Doctor received his literary education in the common district schools. At the age of seventeen he entered the office of Dr. J. D. Wright, at Belmont, O., and in 1851 attended lectures at Sterling Medical college, but before graduating he was forced to begin practicing in order to secure a livelihood, and did not complete the regular course until 1867, when he received his degree. In 1874 he attended a medical college and was graduated therefrom the same year. In 1853 he went to West Liberty, Iowa, where he engaged in active practice for thirty years, and in 1883 came to Muscatine, residing here until last year. He was a member of the State Medical society, the Eastern District Medical society, and the County Medical society, of which he was the first president. He was a staunch supporter of the Union cause, and was instrumental in raising a large number of volunteers. After the battle of Pittsburg Landing he was sent to look after the wounded, when through exposure he contracted typhoid fever, and had never fully recovered his health.
Dr. Ady was married in West Liberty in 1853, becoming the husband of Miss Adelaide Richards. Two children were born of this union – Emmet, a graduate of the medical department of the Iowa State University, and now practicing in West Liberty, and Jennie, who lives at the family home.
Dr. Ady had been eminently successful in his chosen profession and was held in the highest respect and esteem by the citizens of Muscatine county, while by its pioneers who shared with him the disadvantages and trials of a settlement in a new country, he was held in loving regard.
The funeral appointment has not yet been made.
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