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A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievement


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SAMUEL C. DUNKLE, M. D.  *pages 8 & 9*


Page 8 Samuel C Dunkle


Page 9 Samuel C Dunkle


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Dr. Samuel C. Dunkle, a well known and successful physician and surgeon of Glidden, has here practiced his profession continuously since 1874 with the exception of two years spent in Colorado. His birth occurred in Clarion, Pennsylvania, on the 1st of January, 1847, his parents being William and Barbara (Fidlar) Dunkle, who were likewise natives of the Keystone state. His paternal grandfather was also a native of Pennsylvania and a farmer by occupation. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Barbara Watson, lived to attain the age of about ninety-five years. Their children included the following named: Michael, Peter and William. The maternal grandfather of our subject was born in Pennsylvania and participated in the war of 1812, his widow receiving a land warrant from the government. Their children were as follows: John, David, Elias, Barbara and Ann.


William Dunkle, the father of Dr. Dunkle, was engaged in general agricultural pursuits throughout his active business career. His demise occurred in Clarion, Pennsylvania, about 1870, when he had attained the age of fifty-four years, while his wife was about forty years old when called to her final rest. Both were Methodists in religious faith. Their children were seven in number, namely: Lavina, who died at the age of fifteen years; Margaret, the wife of S. D. Barr, of Des Moines; Emma, the wife of Samuel Wilson, of Clarion, Pennsylvania; Samuel C, of this review; Elias, who is deceased; Edwin, who is a resident of Scott county, Iowa; and Elizabeth, who is the wife of Charles McDowell and resides in Pennsylvania.


Samuel C. Dunkle was reared on his father's farm in Pennsylvania and supplemented his preliminary education, obtained in the district schools, by a course of study in Reed Institute. In 1863 he enlisted in Company C, First Pennsylvania Cavalry, serving with that command for one year. He was at Gettysburg, but did not take part in the regular engagement, spending most of his time at the front in guarding prisoners. After returning from the war he again attended school in Pennsylvania and also taught for a time. In 1867 he removed to Cedar county, Iowa, where he remained for three or four years, teaching school and studying medicine in the office of Dr. Burns at Walcott, Iowa. He afterward attended Rush Medical College of Chicago and also spent a year in the Kentucky School of Medicine at Louisville, Kentucky, where he completed his professional training. Locating for practice at Glidden, Iowa, in 1874, he has here resided continuously since with the exception of two years spent in Colorado. He belongs to the Carroll County Medical Society, the Iowa State Medical Society and the American Medical Association, and thus keeps in touch with what the profession is accomplishing and promotes his own knowledge and efficiency. A large practice has been accorded him since the beginning of his professional career, for he has demonstrated his power to successfully cope with the complex problems that continually confront the physician, is most careful in the diagnosis of a case and correct in his application of remedial agencies. Financial interests have also claimed his attention. In 1893, he organized the First National Bank, serving as president of the institution until 1906. Prior to the organization of that bank he had been in partnership with his brother-in-law, H. M. Gabriel, in the conduct of a private bank at Glidden. Lie likewise owns town property and is widely recognized as one of the most prosperous and respected residents of the community.


On the 25th of February, 1875, Dr. Dunkle was united in marriage to Miss Jennie Gabriel, a native of Ohio and a daughter of Isaac N. and Cleopatra (Cotton) Gabriel, who were likewise natives of that state. Removing to Iowa, they spent the remainder of their lives in Cedar county and Wilton. Mr. Gabriel passed away about 1873, when fifty-one years of age, while his wife lived to attain the age of sixty-five. They had the following children: Ernest, Jennie, Mary, Charles, Melita, Horatio M., Elgiva and Nellie. Our subject and his wife have two children. Faye C, a graduate of Rockford College, is a teacher in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she has followed the profession of teaching for about ten years. Warren G. is a clerk in the First National Bank of Sioux City, Iowa.


Dr. Dunkle gives his political allegiance to the republican party, believing that its principles are most conducive to good government. He was made a Mason at Glidden in 1876 and belongs to the commandery at Jefferson, Iowa. In professional and social circles he holds to high standards and enjoys in large measure the confidence and trust of those with whom he is brought in contact in every relation of life.


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