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Tingley Centennial: 1883 ~1983


Twice-A-Week News, 1896
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa

Dr. D. H. [Daniel Harrison] KILLINGSWORTH began the practice of medicine at Tingley in 1899. In 1895 he took a course in the New York post graduate school of medicine, winning first honor in surgery and diseases of women in a class of 400. He has a very large practice in Tingley, many patients coming from a distance. He is especially noted for the difficult surgical operations he has successfully performed.

Dr. KILLINGSWORTH was married September 28, 1892, to Miss Clara E. STRANAHAN of Mt. Ayr, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John STRANAHAN, who are among the earliest settlers and most respected citizens of the county.

The following from the Tingley Vindicator give a hint of the doctor's surgical skill:

"Dr. KILLINGSWORTH on Monday, assisted by Dr. HANNELLY, preformed on of the most difficult operations on James LORIMOR of Winterset. Four years ago Mr. LORIMOR had a cancer removed by the caustic method from just below the right eye, which had removed the lower eyelid and occluded the nasal duct. The doctor formed a new duct, then removed a flap of skin and formed a new eye lid, which has united nicely. This speaks well for the doctor, to have patients come from that distance and from so near Des Moines."

Dr. KILLINGSWORTH opened Kennelsworth Hospital in Clarinda, Iowa, in 1899. The February 26, 1903 Vindicator had a news item from Dr. KLLINGSWORTH thanking those who helped in fitting up the "Tingley Room" in his new hospital in Clarinda. After Dr. KILLNGSWORTH moved to Clarinda, many Tingley persons went to Clarinda for surgery; and he would return to Tingley by train to make sick calls.

He died November 22, 1944 [at aged 84, Clarinda, Iowa].

  • Dr. KILLINGSWORTH'S Biography

  • Dr. KILLINGSWORTH'S Obituary

    SOURCE: Tingley, Iowa Centennial: 1883 - 1983. p. 122. PSI, Inc. Belmond IA. 1983.
    Courtesy of Mount Ayr Public Library, September of 2011

    Notes and transcription by Sharon R. Becker, September of 2011

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