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Dr. W. A. Garner, M. D.

Although in practice at Kiron only four years, Dr. W. A. Garner has gained in a remarkable degree the confidence of the people and it is doubtful whether any other young physician in country practice in Iowa has made greater headway in an equal length of time. His success may be ascribed to his devotion to his profession and the close and conscientious attention he gives to his patients. He possessed excellent advantages of education and training which have proved of very great value in the difficult vocation to which he is devoting the best energies of his life.

He was born in Cedar county, Iowa, July 2, 1877, a son of Pearl and Mary (Cory) Garner. The father is a native of Maryland and the mother of New York state. They came to Iowa about the '50s, and are now living in Ida county. There were six children in their family, namely: J. E., of Ida county; Grace. the wife of Clyde Barrett; Ralph; Eva; Dwight; and W. A., the subject of this review.

After receiving his preliminary education in the public schools, Dr. Garner graduated from the Academy of Sac City and later entered Des Moines College at Des Moines, graduating with the degree of B. S. Having decided upon a professional career. he went to Chicago, where he was graduated in medicine in 1905, attaining such a high standing in his class that he was given the advantages of internes hip and was able to make practical application of the principles in which he had been instructed by a number of the leading physicians and surgeons of. America. Since 1907 he has engaged in active practice at Kiron and has attained a reputation as one of the highly successful physicians in this part of the county.

Dr. Garner still enjoys the freedom of bachelorhood. Politically he is in sympathy with the republican party but has no desire for the honors and emoluments of public office, preferring to devote his entire attention to his profession. Fraternally he is connected with Wheeler Lodge, No. 398, A. F. & A. M., and the lodge of the Yeomen of the World at Odebolt. Young, ambitious to gain an honored place in his calling and endowed with a fair share of confidence in himself, there is no reason why he should not attain high rank in the medical world. It is men of this stamp that reach the front and become leaders not only in the professions but in business, politics and all the honorable employments of modern civilization.

Source: History of Crawford County, Iowa. Vol. II. Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1911.