ITS HISTORY AND TRADITION
W. W. DEAN
Dr. Willis Warren Dean has been actively engaged in the practice of medicine
and surgery at Sioux City since June, 1899, and enjoys an enviable
reputation as one of the skilled and successful representatives of the profession in northwestern Iowa. His birth occurred on the 3d of October, 1872, his parents
being Lewis Henry and Phanetta (Haines) Dean, the former born in Greene county, Ohio, March 5, 1838. They were married at Cedarville, Ohio, on the 5th of November, 1861, and became the parents of nine children, namely: Lura M.,
Florence A., Lida G.; Irene and Corinee, twins; Willis Warren; Joseph C.; Clara E.; and Frank A. The Deans pride themselves upon their Saxon descent. "Dene of Dene in the
forest of Dene" and "Dene of Deneland" are family designations centuries old. Two of the first settlers of Taunton, Massachusetts, were John and Walter Deane, from near Taunton or Taunton Deane, Somersetshire, England, a
stronghold of the Deanes. Before their arrival, however, Stephen Deane had reached these shores, a passenger on the Fortune, in 1621. The American family of colonial days always spelled the name with the final "e."
Daniel Dean, great-grandfather of Dr. Willis W. Dean, was born in the
village of Tubermore in the province of Ulster, Ireland, October 20, 1766. He
emigrated to America, landing in Philadelphia in the year 1784, at the age of
eighteen years. His father, George R. Dean, and his two uncles, James and David, were soldiers in the Revolutionary war. Daniel Dean was a weaver by trade. He resided for a time in Pennsylvania, then immigrated to Virginia, where he met and was married to Miss Janett Steele, a Scotch-Irish girl of Augusta county, Virginia. The young couple immigrated to Kentucky and located near
Mount Sterling, where Daniel Dean was engaged in the milling business for many years. Falling out with the institution of slavery, he determined to immigrate to Ohio, locating in Greene county in 1812 on Caesar Creek, New Jasper township, where he purchased two thousand acres of land. His death occurred in Greene county, Ohio, January 24, 1842.
Joseph Dean, one of the eleven children of Daniel and Janett (Steele) Dean
and the paternal grandfather of Dr. Willis W. Dean, was born December 31,
1804, and passed away September 14, 1883. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Hannah Boggs, was born February 25, 1809, and died March 7, 1888. Their children were eleven in number, as follows: Washington Dean, who was born August 10, 1827, and died November 19, 1852; Julia Anne (Dean)Struthers, who was born April 27, 1829, and died October 11, 1865; Daniel Milton Dean, who was born May 19, 1831, and died December 1, 1912; Louisa Dean, who was born October 16, 1833, and died August 4, 1836; Willis Dean, who was born November 10, 1835, and died June 30, 1838; Lewis Henry Dean (father of Dr. Willis W. Dean), who was born March 5, 1838, and died February 14, 1917; Anna Lavina (Dean)Oldham, who was born February 16, 1840, and died December 24, 1923; Joseph Newton Dean, who was born August 22, 1842, and died January 18, 1913; Eliza Jane (Dean) Rensick, who was born August 9, 1844, and did April 28, 1881; Mary Campbell (Dean) Wright, who was born August 9, 1847, and is also deceased; and Samuel Steele Dean, who was born April 17, 1850, and died January 11, 1925.
Willis Warren Dean, whose name introduces this review, acquired his early
education in a country school in Pawnee county, Nebraska, and subsequently
pursued a course of study in the Pawnee City Academy at Pawnee City, Nebraska. Following his graduation from the latter institution he taught school near Summerfield, Kansas, for one year. Having determined upon the practice of medicine as a life work, he matriculated in the medical department of the University of Nebraska in the fall of 1892 and was graduated there from in June, 1895, with the degree of M. D. His initial experience in the field of his chosen profession was gained at Stromsburg, Nebraska, where he remained until the fall of 1898 and where he was surgeon for the St. Joseph & Grand Island and the Union Pacific railways.
While located at Stromsburg, Nebraska, he as instrumental in organizing
and was one of the incorprators of the Nebraska Mutual Life Insurance Company,
having its head office at that place. Disposing of his interests there in
the fall of 1898, Dr. Dean went to Chicago and registered with the postgraduate
school, doing laboratory work under Klebs in addition to taking the general
postgraduate course. Since June, 1899, or for a period of nearly
twenty-eight years, he has been engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery at Sioux
City, Iowa. He has devoted his attention principally to general surgery but
has also built up a gratifying patronage as a general medical practitioner,
being widely recognized as a physician and surgeon of pronounced skill and
broad professional knowledge. During his residence in Sioux City, Dr. Dean has
been a continuous and active member of the Woodbury County Medical Society,
the Iowa State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. He was
one of the early members of the Sioux Valley Medical Society, embracing a
membership of northwestern Iowa, northeastern Nebraska, eastern South Dakota and southern Minnesota. For many years he has been the chief medical examiner for the Pennsylvania Mutual Life Insurance Company, covering the Sioux City territory. Dr. Dean has made extensive investments in farm lands, improving and operating various tracts in the states of South Dakota, Nebraska and
Washington, and is also interested in Sioux City property.
In politics Dr. Dean styles himself a western democrat. He cast his first
ballot for William Jennings Bryan for congress in the first Nebraska district
as candidate for reelection. He has been a candidate on the Woodbury county
ticket for coroner, leading his name to complete the ticket but not making an
active campaign. He served as Sioux City police surgeon from 1900 until
1906, has been surgeon for various corporations and has occupied the presidency of the United States Pension Board at Sioux City from 1914 to the present time. Dr. Dean has been active in various public enterprises, at one time being
a member of the house committee of the Chamber of Commerce, a stockholder in the Interstate Fair Association, a director in the Fairway Manufacturing Company, etc. His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the First
Presbyterian church, while fraternally he is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. His name is also on the membership rolls of the Riverside Boat Club, the Commercial Club and the Cosmopolitan Luncheon Club.
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