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Dr. James Nosler


Posted By: Mary Ellen Lanigan (email)
Date: 6/3/2015 at 20:22:44


Dr. James Nosler; prominent physician and surgeon of Eddyville, Wapello County Iowa was born in West Virginia and reared in East Tennessee where his early education was obtained. He later moved to Indiana where he read medicine and like many physicians of that early period; commenced the practice of his profession. After completing his medical reading; he became a very prominent man and practiced in Putman County Indiana until May 1846. He then moved West and located in Eddyville with his family. He acquired a large and lucrative practice in Monroe, Mahaska and Wapello Counties and many of the citizens of Eddyville remember his kindly misions. He was universally liked for his excellent traits and character, and his death was sincerely mourned by his aquaintances and friends in the three counties in which he has spent so many years in practice. He was never known to refuse a patient even when he knew full well he would receive no remuneration for his services.

In the early history of Eddyville; he was very enthusiastic in a move to make the Des Moines river navigable and was one of the committee formed to promote that scheme. The railroad at that time had its terminal at Eddyville and all freight was carried overland as far West as Omaha and far North 150 miles and far South. He took a great interest in the movement likely to advance the prosperity of the community.

Dr. Nosler was married in Indiana with Jamima Moore; a native of Kentucky. To this union the following children were born to maturity; Martha A., Thomas M., Mary J., Irene, Armilda C. and Sarah E. & Henry C. who were twins. All are now living but the first named. There were two children not named who died in their infancy.

In religious belief they were Methodist. Mrs. Nosler died and the doctor formed a second union with Sarah Nelson who is also deceased becoming his wife.

Dr. Nosler was first a Whig in politics and later a Stanch Republican. While in Indiana; he served in the capacity of sheriff of Puttman county.


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