A Narrative History of The People of Iowa


CHARLES N. O. LEIR is a graduate physician and surgeon, had a number of years of active experience in the general work of his profession, but finally turned his attention entirely to X-Ray work, and in that field is one of the 
outstanding specialists in Des Moines.

Doctor Leir was born at Jackson, Minnesota, November 28, 1869, son of Nicholas and Rebecca (Lilliberg) Leir.  His parents were born in Norway,  and his father came to the United States about 1848, first locating in Wisconsin  and
about 1861 moved to Minnesota Territory, becoming one of the pioneer  settlers and farmers of that state.  Both parents were very devout  Lutherans and the father was a Republican in politics.  Of their six  children two are living:  Mary, widow of L. N. Larson, of Jackson,  Minnesota; and Charles N. O.

Charles N. O. Leir spent his boyhood on a Minnesota farm and learned  the value of toil and thrift and self reliance as a mean of enabling him to  achieve the place in the work of the world to which he aspired.  he  attended school
in Minnesota, for two years was a student in the Highland Park  College at Des Moines, and he served six years as civil service commissioner at  Des Moines.  In 1901 he was graduated M. D. from Drake University, and had  one year of further training as an interne in Mercy Hospital at Des Moines.  Following that he engaged in general practice, and later specialized in  X-Ray work, and has confined his attention entirely to that work.  He has  complete laboratory equipment in his offices in the Equitable Building, and he  affords a valuable service to many of the leading physicians and surgeons of the  city.  he is a member of the Radiological Society of North America, the  Polk County, Iowa State and American Medical Associations.  He is visiting  roentgenologist, U. S. Veterans Hospital, Knoxville, Iowa, and roentgenologist,  Bradlawns General Hospital, Des Moines.

Doctor Leir is also a World war veteran.  he enlisted August 23,  1917, and went to France with the One Hundred Sixty-eight Infantry as a  lieutenant in the Medical Corps, and was discharged with the rank of captain in  January,
1919.  He now has a commission as major in the Medical Reserve  Corps, assigned to duty with the One Hundred Thirteenth Cavalry Regiment, Iowa  National Guard. He is a member of the Service Club, American Legion, and  the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Doctor Leir married, May 11, 1903, Mary Flanagan, of Iowa County, Iowa.  She died December 30, 1907, leaving one son,  Martin, who was born  August 9, 1905, and completed his education in Drake University and is now  practicing law at Davenport.  Doctor Leir on October 9, 1926, married Zelda  Glascow, of Des Moines, where she was reared and educated.  She is a member  of the Christian Church.  Doctor Leir is a Mason and in politics a  Democrat.


~ source: A Narrative History of The People of Iowa with SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY, BUSINESS, ETC., by EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M. Curator of the Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa Volume IV THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc. Chicago and New York. 1931
~ transcribe by Debbie Clough Gerischer for the Great War