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
ORAN W. KING, M. D. Among the leading practitioners of medicine who have
advanced the prestige of Des Moines in various fields of professional science.
Dr. Oran W. King occupies a prominent place. During the earlier years of
his practice he carried on a general business in medicine and surgery, but
eventually took up urology, to which special line he now devotes himself
exclusively. He has won success and reputation, and has the confidence and esteem of
his fellow citizens and practitioners.
Doctor King was born in Benton County, Iowa, October 1, 1875, and is a son
of John and Mandana (Johnson) King. His paternal grandfather was Aaron King,
a native of Ohio, who moved to Iowa some time during the war between the
states, and here rounded out his long and honorable career as an agriculturist.
The maternal grandfather of Doctor King, Albert Johnson, was born in Indiana
and came to Iowa as a pioneer of 1847, here experiencing all of the hardships
and privations of the early days and eventually becoming a substantial and
progressive farmer and a man of influence in his community. His death occurred
in Benton County.
John King, the father of Doctor King, was born at Youngstown, Ohio, December
2, 1843, and was only eighteen years o age when he enlisted in an Indiana
volunteer infantry regiment for service during the war between the states. At
the close of that struggle he came to Iowa, where he settled on a farm in
Benton County, and here passed the remainder of his life, dying December 29,
1922. Mandana (Johnson) King died August 26, 1893, the mother of two children:
Dr. Oran W., of this review and a daughter, Edith, who married Benjamin
Corbett July 16, 1891, and became the mother of four children, of whom Glenn and
J. Luverne, still survive. Mr. Corbett died in 1916, and in 1923 his widow
married Dick Wykoff. She died August 5, 1928.
In October, 1894, John King married Electra C. Mooseman, who bore him two
children: Forrest M., born January 16, 1897, and Merle, born May 5, 1899, and
now the wife of Earl Dexter, of La Porte City, Iowa.
The early education of Oran W. King was acquired at Tilford Academy, Vinton,
Iowa. In the meantime he had farmed for four years, and had prosecuted his
medical studies at the University of Iowa and at Northwestern University,
from which latter institution he was graduated with the degree of Doctor of
Medicine as a member of the class of 1903. He located at Keystone, Iowa, where
he engaged in general practice for six years. When he left Keystone Doctor
King went to Monteuma, the county seat of Poweshick County, where he remained
for almost eight years, or until he entered the United States Medical Corps
for service during the World war, being commissioned a first lieutenant. He
first went to Camp Reilly, where he was in training for three weeks, and
subsequently was transferred to Camp Travis, where he remained for a like period.
The remainder of his service, about sixteen months, was spent at Camp Dodge,
where he received his honorable discharge January 17, 1919, having been
commissioned Major in June, 1918. Upon being relieved of his military duties
Doctor King settled at Des Moines, where he now has offices in the Equitable
Building. He has been a close and constant student and has taken post-graduate
work at Chicago, principally in urology, to which he now devotes his entire
attention. He is known as one of the most capable men in his special field in
the city and has built up a large and representative practice. Doctor King
is a member of the Polk County Medical Society, the Iowa State Medical
Society, the American Medical Association and the American Urological Association.
He is a member of the Christian Church and the Conopus and Country Clubs, is
a Scottish Rite Mason and member of the Mystic Shrine. He is also identified
with several civic bodies and is a generous supporter of all enterprises that
promise to be of benefit to his adopted city. On October 17, 1900, Doctor
King was united in marriage with Miss Oral Wolfe, who was born and educated at
Viton, Iowa, and to this union there have been born two children: Margaret,
born February 15, 1904, educated at West High School and Drake University,
who is teaching school at Lima Grove, Iowa, and Kathryn, born April 1, 1910,
who is attending Ames College. Mrs. King is an active member of the Methodist
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**Viton, Iowa? maybe Vinton, Iowa?