Dr. G. E. Sheffield, engaged in the practice of medicine at Quasqueton, started out in life on his own account
at the age of thirteen years and has steadily worked his way upward, dependent entirely upon his own resources
since that time. He was born in New York in 1847, his parents being Edward R. and Jane (Radcliffe) Sheffield. The
father, a native of New Haven, Connecticut, was born in 1825 and in early life was associated with his father in
a tanning business. When about eighteen years of age he became foreman of a paper mill and while thus employed
was killed when but twenty two years of age His wife, who was born in New York in 1827, long survived him, passing
away at the age of seventy eight.
Their son, Dr. Sheffield, pursued his education in the schools of Ashland, New York, and his professional training
in Drapers College of that state. Long before he entered upon preparation for the practice of medicine, however,
he was earning his living, for at the age of thirteen he started out to make his own way in the world and he earned
the money to continue his studies by working in a dairy, milking cows for five years. When he had completed a course
of medicine in Drapers College, he made his way westward to Illinois in 1868, and there began practice, remaining
in that state until 1877, which year witnessed his arrival in Keokuk, Iowa. He followed his profession in that
city until 1890 and afterward went to Waterloo, Iowa, and later to California, where he remained for eight years.
In 1902 he returned to this state, settling in Quasqueton, where he has since practiced, and he is now accorded
a liberal patronage.
In 1870 Dr. Sheffield was united in marriage to Miss Julia Sheff, a native of Sangamon county, Illinois, and a
daughter of Elijah and Julia (Wright) Sheff, the former a native of Virginia and the latter of Onondaga county,
New York. In early life her father followed farming, but at the age of twenty six lost his eyesight and became
a broom maker. He removed to Illinois when pioneer conditions existed in that state. Indians still roamed over
the prairies or through the forests and there was much wild game of all kinds. Chicago was then a small village
and the most far sighted could not have dreamed that it would ever reach its present metropolitan status. Mr. Sheff
lived to witness many changes in the country. He was a very intimate friend of Abraham Lincoln, whom he entertained
in his own home.
To Dr. and Mrs. Sheffield have been born six children: Edward, who is engaged in farming; Jennie B., who is the
wife of R. A. Brown, a hotel proprietor at Quasqueton, by whom she has two children, Helen and Fern; George, an
engineer on the Illinois Central Railroad at Waterloo; Cora, the wife of F. D. Moore, who owns a fruit ranch near
Spokane, Washington, and by whom she has three children, Myrtle, Nellie and Hazel; Herbert A., who is janitor of
the First National Bank building at Waterloo; and Lillian Ethelyn, at home.
Dr. Sheffield is a Mason and has been very active in the organization. He has held all the offices of the local
lodge and several times has been a delegate to the grand lodge. He also belongs to the Eastern Star and, in fact,
organized the chapter at Quasqueton. He has reason to be proud of his record in Masonic circles, for his life has
always been an exemplification of the teachings of the craft, which is based upon a recognition of the brotherhood
of man and which at all times urges the acceptance of the spirit of mutual helpfulness. He is continually holding
out a hand of assistance to fellow travelers on life's journey and his personal worth has insured him the high
respect and warm regard of those who know him
History of Bachanan County, Iowa
And its People
By Harry Church and Katharyn J. Chappell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Bachanan County, IA
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