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The Mount Ayr Record-News, 1932


Served Home Community Thirty-five Years - Funeral Held Monday.

American Flag.jpg The last chapter in the life of Dr. C. T. LESAN closed during the early hours of Saturday morning at his home in this city. For over a year Dr. LESAN has been an invalid, continually battling the encroachments of an insidious disease that baffled the skill of the medical profession. During his service in the world war while serving as captain on the medical staff at Ft. Riley, Kan., he contracted a severe case of influenza which would probably have resulted fatally had it not been for the unceasing devotion of a comrade who nursed him back to life, but he never fully recovered from the effects of the illness and several years later developed artetio-schlerosis and symptoms of heart failure, which ultimately lead to uremic poisoning and the termination of his life. During the months of suffering they were borne with cheerful fortitude and he was always grateful to those ministering to him.

For thirty-five years Dr. LESAN has practiced his profession in Mount Ayr and Ringgold county. He was essentially a home product. He was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. LESAN [Mary Melissa LESAN], truly representative of the pioneer stock that immigrated to Ringgold county in the early fifties.

He truly represented the type of the old and trusted family physician, loved and respected by those to whom he served with kindly ministrations. During a practice of thirty-five years, a physician who is true to the ethics of his profession comes very close to his clientele for he is present in the family circle both in the joys or (sic) parenthood and the tragedies surrounding the impenetrable mysteries of death. The passing of Dr. LESAN will bring sadness to many homes in Mount Ayr, Ringgold county, and surrounding territory, who shared his confidence and relied upon his advise (sic) and skill as a physician.

Dr. LESAN always took a keen interest in public affairs, and especially as related to public health and sanitation. The more fortunate and the needy shared alike in his dispension of knowledge of his profession. With no thought of pecuniary reward, he never refused the summons to call on the poor and needy when distressed by pain and suffering.

As requested by Dr. LESAN the funeral services were held from the residence at 2:30 p.m. Monday, July 11, 1932, and were simple in character and in charge of T. S. RHOADES.

Dr. Jesse JOHNSON, pastor of the United Presbyterian church, conducted the service. His wide acquaintances throughout the county and state brought to the last rites many professional friends, as also those in other walks of life and the large concourse of friends present to pay their last sad respects to the memory of the departed, spoke a silent tribute to the love and esteem in which Dr. LESAN was held in this community. As a mark of respect the business houses were closed during the hour of services.

The State Board of Health was represented in the person of Commissioner D. C. STEELSMITH, M.D., of Des Moines, and W. A. SEIDLER, M.D., of Jamaica, Iowa; and the Iowa State Medical Society by Donald McCRAE, M.D., of Creston, and Dr. J. F. ALDRICH and wife, of Shenandoah, Iowa, Dr. ALDRICH being a classmate of the deceased; Dr. A. C. PAGE, of Des Moines, a long time friend. Many messages of sympathy were wired by those unable to be present.

The pall bearers were four nephews and two cousins, namely: Clyde, Glen and Hugh LESAN, H. C. BEARD, Charlie LESAN of Eagleville, Mo., Howard P. LESAN.

The deceased leaves beside his widow two brothers, O. L. LESAN of Chanute, Kan., and B. M. LESAN of Mount Ayr. One sister, Mrs. Albert F. BEARD, passed on July 7, 1914. Seigel R. LESAN of Detroit, Mich., and Mrs. Howard THURMAN of Erie, Kan., nephew and niece respectively of the deceased, attended the funeral.

The following sketch of the life of the deceased was read at the burial service:

Cassius True LESAN was born April 2nd, 1874, on a farm in Poe township, Ringgold county, Iowa, and died at his home in Mount Ayr, Iowa, July 9th, 1932, at 1:50 o'clock a.m.

His parents were George W. [1880-1913] and Mary Melissa LESAN, pioneers of the county.

He was educated in the rural schools, and also taught in them; attended Western Normal College at Shenandoah, Iowa, Highland Park College, Des Moines, Iowa, and was graduated from Rush Medical College, Chicago, in 1897, and located in Mount Ayr for the practice of medicine, where he continued in his professional duties until about a year ago when his illness forced him to retire from active work.

He was united in marriage July 9th, 1902, to Miss Sue M. NEELY [1874-1960] of Mount Ayr, Iowa.

Dr. LESAN was a member of the United Presbyterian church of Mount Ayr. Among his public services to his county, town and state were the following: He was coroner, local surgeon for the Burlington railroad and health physician for ten years; was a member of the Ringgold county and Iowa State Medical Societies; was secretary of the Iowa Association of Health Officers for ten years, and president for one year during the existence of that association; was the medical member of the local board of Ringgold county from the beginning of the war, a position filled with large responsibility. Seeing the need for the Red Cross organization, upon his suggestion a meeting was held in his office, and steps taken for the organization of the chapter, which was completed June 11th, 1917. He volunteered for service to his country in the World War and served as captain of the Medical Corps for the Engineers' Infirmary at Camp Shelby, Hattiesburg, Miss. In 1929 he was honored by the appointment by Governor John HAMMILL to serve as a member of the Iowa State Board of Health, and was reappointed by HAMMILL for a second term which expires in January, 1933. He was a member of the American Medical Association; American Public Health Association; American Association of Railroad Surgeons, and the American Legion.

Services at the grave in Rose Hill cemetery included the sounding of taps by the bugler of The American Legion.


With grateful hearts toward all those who in any manner contributed to lighten our sorrow, we thank you. - Mrs. Sue LESAN and the relatives.

Interment was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, 2008

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