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
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
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.