A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN
EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY,
EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M.
Curator of the
Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc.
Chicago and New York
FRANK WADE LEE, B. S., M. D., has been practicing medicine in Iowa for over
forty years. His home is at Osage, and it was in Mitchell County that he
began his professional career.
Doctor Lee was born on a farm near Jefferson in Ashtabula County, Ohio, July
18, 1859, son of John C. and Helen (Shotwell) Lee. his father was of French
ancestry and of Norwegian descent and his mother of Holland ancestry. His
father was born in Vermont and his mother in New York State. They were married
in Ohio, in 1858, and about 1868 came to Iowa and settled in Mitchell County.
John C. Lee was a farmer and later for many years conducted a grain
business at Orchard in Mitchell County. He lived to be ninety-three years of age,
passing away in 1926, at Orchard, after having survived his wife many years.
He was a Knight Templar Mason, member of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, the Congregational Church, and voted the Republican ticket form the
formation of that party. he and his wife has three sons, Frank Wade, Ralph, now
deceased, and Clifford A., of Denison, Iowa.
Frank Wade Lee was nine years old when brought to Iowa. His common school education was supplemented by two years in the Cedar Valley Seminary at Osage, from which he received his B. S. degree in 1884. Afterwards he taught at Orchard, his home community, and at Mona. Money to defray the expenses of his professional education was secured by farm work, by jobs of snow shoveling and waiting on tables. He was an earnest and diligent student and made a good record while in the medical department of the University of Iowa, where he was graduated M. D. in 1887. Since then he has left his practice at intervals to attend post-graduate schools and special clinics in Chicago and elsewhere. He has always carried on a general practice, and to some extent has specialized in diseases of women and children. Doctor Lee first located at Riceville, Mitchell County, where he remained until 1924, when he came to Osage. The people of Riceville early learned to repose their confidence in him because of his evident skill and also his self sacrificing devotion to his work. He was ready to respond to any call, on foot or on horseback, night or day and through all kinds of weather, and the consideration of money had no influence over the exercise of his skill.
Doctor Lee is a member of the Mitchell County, Iowa State, Cedar Valley and Austin Flint Medical Associations, the American Medical Association, and is a Royal Arch Mason. He is independent in politics.
He married at Mona, Iowa, November 8, 1888, Miss Rena Penney, daughter of
Frank Penney. She was born at Staceyville, Iowa, and was a teacher for a
number of years, completing her own training in the State Teachers College at
Cedar Falls. Mrs. Lee passed away March 5, 1929. She is survived by two adopted
children: Robert John, now a student in the Yates Business College at
Waterloo; and Helen Marie, wife of Bert Hogan, of Osage. Mr. and Mrs. Hogan have
two children: Madeline Pauline and Marshall Lee.
Doctor Lee is a student and a scholar, his leisure time is spent in the
pursuit of the finer things of life and he has a legion of friends over
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