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S.C. Ainsworth, M.D.

S. C. Ainsworth, M. D., has secure vantage-place as one of the representative physicians and surgeons of Clayton county, where he has been engaged in the practice of his profession since 1901, with residence at Volga, from which village he controls a large and influential practice that extends throughout the splendid territory normally tributary to the village. The doctor is upholding most effectively the high prestige gained by his honored father in the medical profession, in which his success has been unequivocal and in connection with which he insistently carries forward the study and research that keep him in close touch with the advances made in medical and surgical science. Dr. Ainsworth was born in the city of Syracuse, New York, on the 6th of January, 1877, and is the elder of the two children of Dr. E. A. and Ellen (Stanton) Ainsworth, both of whom were born and reared in the state of New York. The younger of the two children is Fannie L., who is the wife of Charles W. Dickens, with whom she is successfully associated in the practice of law at West Union, the judicial center of Fayette county, Iowa, both having been graduated in the law department of the University of Iowa. Dr. Ainsworth of this review was about seven years old at the time when his .parents came to Iowa and established their residence at West Union, Fayette county, in 1882. There his father continued in active practice as one of the leading physicians and surgeons of that section of the state, until 1914, since which time he has there lived virtualIy retired, though many of the families to which he long ministered with all of ability and unselfish devotion still insist upon having recourse to his counsel and professional attention. His cherished and devoted wife was summoned to eternal rest in 1903, secure in the affectionate regard of all who had come within the compass of her gentle and gracious influence. At West Union Dr. S. C. Ainsworth was reared to adult age and after profiting duly by the advantages afforded in the public schools, including the high school, he became imbued with the earnest ambition of emulating his father in the choice of a career. His preliminary study of medicine was carried on under the effectIve preceptorship of his father and to fortify himself still further he then entered the well-known medical college in the city of St. Louis, Missouri, in which institution he was graduated as a member of the class of 1899, and from which he received his well earned degree of Doctor of Medicine. His professional novitiate was served at West Union, Fayette county, where he continued to be associated in practice with his father until 1901, when he came to Clayton county and established himself in practice at Volga. Here he now controls a large and representative practice, based alike on his recognized ability and the unqualified personal popularity which he has gained.
The doctor is one of the wideawake and loyal citizens of Clayton county and is found aligned as a staunch supporter of the cause of the Republican party. He is an active member of the Clayton County Medical Society and the Iowa State Medical Society, and at Elkader is affiliated with Lodge No. 72, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons. He and his wife are popular figures in the leading social life of their home community and Mrs. Ainsworth is a zealous member of the Presbyterian church. In September, 1901, was solemnized the marriage of Dr. Ainsworth to Miss Katherine Hartman, who was born at Fayette, in the Iowa county of the same name, and who is a daughter of M. J. and Emma (Weber) Hartman, whose five children all survive the honored father. Mr. and Mrs. Hartman were born and reared in Germany and upon coming to the United States they established their home in Chicago, where they met their full share of hardships incidental to the great Chicago fire of 1871, and whence they came a few years later to Iowa and established their home at Fayette, where the death of Mr. Hartman occurred in 1915, and where his widow still resides. Dr. and Mrs. Ainsworth have three children, whose names and respective dates of birth are here indicated: Dortha K, February 5, 1903; Sidney K, December 3, 1908; and Katherine L., December 17, 1913.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg. 19-20
-submitted by S. Ferrall


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