Placido Ramos Vasquez
Physician & Surgeon; born Cayey, Puerto Rico, June 14, 1889; s/o Placido Ramos-Oliva Vasquez; foster father J.W. Hommel; educated Neillsville, Wis. HS, 1909; Univ. of Wis., 1914; Univ. of Illinois, MD 1916; Phi Rho Sigma; married Maude Lona, Nov. 25, 1917 in Waukegan, Ill.; sons: John Mahlon and William Robert; 1897 came to US as stowaway with Co. A of 3rd Wisconsin infantry; adopted by J.W. Hommel, captain Co. A, 3rd Wisconsin infantry; 1916-17 interned at Evanston Hospital, Evanston, Ill.; 1920- (present) practicing medicine in Elkader; past member city council; during World War enlisted in US army Sept. 1917 at Camp Grant, Rockford, Ill. in medical corps of 333rd field artillery, sent to Waco, Texas, joined 32nd division, overseas Feb. 1918, transferred as surgeon to 2nd ammunition train 2nd division, discharged May 1920 as a Captain; American Legion, past commander; Clayton Co. Medical Society secretary; Iowa State Medical Society; American Medical Association; Commercial Club, past vice president; AF&AM 72; Scot Rite 32º; Knights Templar, Clinton; Congregational church; hobbies: horses, dogs, maintains stable of purebred registered horses; father was photographer in Puerto Rico, deceased when Mr Hommel was 21 days old; office Central States Light & Power Building; residence, Elkader, Iowa.
~source: The Iowa Press Association's Who's Who in Iowa, a Biographical Record of Iowa's Leaders in Business, Professional and Public Life; Pub. by Iowa Press Association, Des Moines, Iowa; 1940
~transcribed by S. Ferrall
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