Dr. Ward C. Mason is probably the most popular and most skillful dentist
in Hopkinton, where he has a representative and lucrative practice. He was
born January 18. 1869, at Manchester. Iowa, a son of Sanford and Rosetta Y.
(Cooley) Mason. The former was born June 13, 1834, and is still living at
Manchester, but the latter passed away in 1883. The paternal grandfather of
the subject of this review was born in New York state although his parents
were natives of Wales. In 1849 he went to California and never returned, nor
was there ever any word received of him and his fate is unknown. He was the
father of two sons and two daughters, of whom only the sons survive. Henry
Mason, the brother of Sanford Mason, is residing at Independence, Iowa. He was
for many years engaged in the lightning rod business and was also a house
Sanford Mason was a farmer during his active life but
is now living retired. He was married at Independence, Iowa, to Miss Cooley,
who was a native of New Hampshire and the third of a family of six children,
the others being: Walter H., who is a retired merchant at Manchester; Mrs.
Ellen Johnson, the widow of Frank J. Johnson, a dry goods merchant of
Manchester; Nelson W., a farmer residing in the state of Washington; Hannah,
who married Charles C. Burnside, a merchant of South Dakota, both being now
deceased; and John C., a farmer of Wyoming. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs.
Sanford Mason occurred in 1866 and they became the parents of three sons:
Charles W., who was born in 1867 and died in infancy; Ward C., of this review;
and Ray S., who was born August 12, 1880. The last named was graduated from
the local high school and later from a business college at Cedar Rapids and is
now a bookkeeper and stenographer at that place.
Dr. Ward C. Mason received his early education in the
public schools of Manchester and was subsequently graduated from the high
school at Manchester. He then studied dentistry at the dental department of
the University of Iowa at Iowa City, being graduated from that institution in
1896 with the degree of D. D. S. He immediately located at Hopkinton for the
practice of his profession and in the intervening eighteen years has won
prominence in the dental fraternity in Delaware county.
On the 17th of September, 1896, Dr. Mason was married
to Miss Jessie Fraser, of Delhi, Iowa, who was born in Scotland, November 20,
1872. She came to this country with her parents and the family immediately
made their way to Delhi, where her mother had a brother who was a Methodist
preacher. Mr. Fraser devoted his time to farming and was successful in that
occupation. He and his wife were the parents of seven children. David, a
farmer of Hancock county, this state, is married and has three children. John,
a railroad man living at Peck, Kansas, is married and has two children. Mrs.
Mason is the next in order of birth. Anna is the wife of Ralph H. Bowman, a
druggist at Stuart, Iowa, and they have five children. Elizabeth married John
E. Harker, manager of the Gun Club of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and they have
one child. Donald, a railroad station agent at Glenwood, Missouri, is also
married. Margaret, the youngest of the family, is the wife of Robert Wilson, a
machinist at Hopkinton. All of the children were born in Scotland with the
exception of Margaret, whose birth occurred soon after the family arrived in
To Dr. and Mrs. Mason have been born four children.
Clark F., born August 18, 1899, is now attending the local high school. Marion
was born August 20, 1901, and died in infancy. Edward Charles, born June 10,
1908 is also in school, and Mary Elizabeth was born June 20, 1911. The family
belong to the Christian Science church and conform their lives to a high
standard of conduct. The Doctor holds membership in the Fraternal Union of
America, an insurance society with headquarters at Denver, Colorado, and the
Fraternal Bankers Reserve. He and his brother, Ray S. Mason, own a tract of
land south of Manchester, and he also holds title to his commodious residence
and his office in Hopkinton. He has a strongly marked civic spirit and is
always ready to give.