November 26, 1925
HARRY ERNEST McCALL
On Monday afternoon, Nov. 23 at about 2:30, occurred the death of Dr. H. E. McCall of St. Louis, Mo. Everybody here knew him, and the interest was general and sincere. It will be impossible for a formal obituary to be given this week, as the funeral will be at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, as we are going to press. The body is due to arrive at Diagonal Wednesday morning at four o'clock, and after the service at the Clearfield Methodist church, interment will be in the family lot in Clearfield Cemetery.
Dr. McCall came to Clearfield for the practice of medicine about twenty years ago. He had his first breakdown in December, 1921, when a severe angina nearly ended his life. He was alternately stronger and weaker thru two years. Some practice was possible, but since general practice seemed impossible, he went to St. Louis for a special course in Washington Medical School. He would soon have gone out for work as specialist, but about three weeks ago took to his bed, and grew steadily worse. Death was caused by angina of the heart.
During his eighteen years or more here, he made a host of friends. He was fifty years of age. Dr. McCall was in the country's service during the World War, and was discharged with the rank of Captain from Camp Grant, Rockford, Ill.
December 3, 1925
OBITUARY ~ HARRY ERNEST McCALL
Harry Ernest McCall, oldest son of William B. and Ruth T. McCall was born on the old McCall homestead near Ogden, Iowa, April 26th, 1875 and passed away at St. Louis, Mo. November 23, 1925.
He received his high school education at Perry, Iowa. He entered the State University of Iowa in 1899 and received his medical degree from that institution in June 1903.
In later years he did post graduated work at the Chicago Polyclinic Jefferson Medical, and was pursuing the work that he loved at Washington University when the last call came.
He started the practice of medicine in Diagonal, Iowa in 1903 and moved to Clearfield in 1907 where he continued to practice until failing health compelled him to retire from active practice about four years ago.
On June 7th, 1906, he was united in marriage to Miss Bertha Jennings of Diagonal, who passed away at the birth of their only daughter Agnes, October 31, 1908. Then he was married to Miss Pearl Bailey of Diagonal, Iowa, who has been a loving, tender wife, watching over and doing all in her power to do for him during his last illness.
He enlisted in the United States Army in May, 1918, was commissioned Captain in the medical corps, and received his discharge in Mar 1919.
Dr. McCall was a member of the Methodist Church at Clearfield. A rugged character who stood always on the side of uprightness, clean living, and honorable dealings with his fellowmen best described him.
He was affiliated with the Masonic fraternity and its several branches, with the American Legion and the Modern Woodmen of America. As long as health permitted, he was an active worker in fraternal circles.
He leaves to mourn his loss, his beloved wife Pearl and daughter, Agnes, and brothers and sisters, Roland of Minneapolis, Minn.; Margaret of Perry, Iowa; Omar of Ogden, Iowa, Ruth of Delmar, Iowa and Florence of Woodbine, Iowa. A brother, Arthur preceded him to the better land in 1920.
In his passing, a wife and daughter have lost a loving husband and father; the community a stalwart citizen; and business associates a companion of years whom they will all miss.
The funeral service was held at Clearfield Methodist Church on the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 26th. The pastor, A. J. Matthews was in charge, assisted by pastors Johnson and Underwood. “Beulah Land” and “Rock of Ages” were sung by a quartet, and Miss Opal Nelson sang “The Garden of Prayer”. The floral tributes were most profuse and beautiful. Interment was in Clearfield Cemetery.
Transcription by Lorelie Rusco, December of 2011
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