Biography of John D. Holmes
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JOHN D. HOLMES, physician and surgeon, Audubon, Iowa, is a native of Ohio, born in Tuscarawas County, near Newcomnmerstown, July 1, 1849. He was the fifth of a family of eight children, seven of whom were girls. His father was James Holmes, also a native of Ohio, born in Belmont County in 1818, a farmer by occupation. ills mother was Elizabeth Dillahay, a native of Maryland, who died in 1882; she and her husband were among the pioneers of Ohio. The family moved by wag9n to Wayne County, Iowa, in 1858, where the parents passed the remainder of their lives. The boyhood of the Doctor was passed in Wayne County, attending the district school and working on the farm, where he lived until he was seventeen years old. He then began teaching school in Lucas County, Iowa. Afterward he entered Simpson College, pursuing his studies three years. In 1870 he entered the office of Dr. C. W. Davis, under whom he read medicine three years. He then entered the Medical College of Ohio at Cincinnati, where he took a course of lectures. He then came to Audubon County and commenced his practice. The following winter he went to Keokuk, Iowa, and entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons, from which he graduated in 1876. He returned to Indianola, where he formed a copartnership with Dr. J. D. McCleary, which continued for one year. He then returned to Hamlin, Iowa, and resumed his practice there. In the fall of 1878 he removed to the new town of Audubon, where he has been actively engaged in his profession ever since, with the exception of seven months spent in Little Rock, Arkansas. lie is a inember of the Botna Valley Medical Society, of the State Medical Society, and of the American Medical Society. He was elected mayor of the town of Audubon, serving three years, and succeeding E. J. Freeman. He was one of the electors from the Ninth Congressional District, amid cast the electoral vote for James G. Blaine and John A. Logan. He is a member of Veritas Lodge, No. 392, A. F. & A. M.. of which he is now Master. He is a member of Amity Chapter, No. 93, R. A. M., and of Godfrey Commandery, No. 44, K. T.

Biographical History of Shelby and Audubon Counties Iowa
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Chiago, 1889.