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from Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa

Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago, 1887, p. 261


Samuel BAILEY, M.D., located in Mount Ayr, Iowa, in March, 1879, and has built up a good practice, having gained the confidence and esteem of his patrons and brethren in the profession. He is a native of Rock Island County, Illinois, born September 1, 1851, a son of James and Anna (BLAKELY) BAILEY, natives of Ireland, who came to America in their youth, and were married in Rock Island. His father died when he was an infant three months old, and he was reared by his widowed mother, and was given the benefit of a good education. He began the study of medicine with Dr. J. H. SEYLER, of Preemption, Mercer County, Illinois, and subsequently entered Rush Medical College, Chicago, Illinois, from which he graduated in February, 1879, and immediately after his graduation located in Mount Ayr, where, for seven years, he has been identified with all that pertains to the social and material development of the place. In 1882 he was elected coroner of Ringgold County, and has held the office since by re-election. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, lodge and chapter, and also of the lodge and encampment of the Odd Fellow order. He is a member of the Epsicopal church, being confirmed by Bishop LEE, in 1866.

Ringgold Record
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa


Dr. Samuel BAILEY is a native of Rock Island county, Ill., where he was born in 1851. He studied medicine with Dr. J. H. SEYLER of Preemption, ill., and subsequently entered Rush Medical college at Chicago, from which institution he graduated in 1879. He located at once at Mt. Ayr and has continued in practice here ever since, standing high not only in his profession but also in political and social circles.

He is an official memeber of the M.E. church and a prminent member of the masonic and odd fellows' fraternities. He is a leader in the republican party in this part of the state, having been frequently delegate to state conventions and having occupied the position of chairman of the republican county committee during several successful campaigns.

He occupied the position of coroner of Ringgold county for seven years, filling the place to the entire satisfaction of his constituency.

Dr. BAILEY stands high in his profession both at home and among his brethren at medical gatherings. He is frequently called outside the county in his professional capacity, and has enjoyed a lucrative practice ever since locating among us.

NOTE: Dr. Samuel BAILEY, a 1879 graduate of Rush Medical College, died in 1928, and was interred at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa. Julia (MERRILL) BAILEY was born in 1857, and died in 1943. She was interred beside her husband.

Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa, p. 261, 1887.

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    Transcriptions and note by Sharon R. Becker, January of 2009

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