A Narrative History of The People of Iowa with SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY, BUSINESS, ETC. by EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M. Curator of the Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa Volume IV THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc. Chicago and New York 1931
CONREID R. HARKIN, physician and surgeon, is the professional man through whose vision and enterprise the community of Osceola is indebted for a hospital service and facilities equal to the best in this section of Southern Iowa.
Doctor Harken was born in Jefferson County, Iowa, December 18, 1884, son of Walter D. and Mary (Jones) Harken. As a youth he set his mind on a professional career, and his earnestness and natural qualifications have enabled him to realize a worthy ambition in his chosen calling. After finishing high school he spent a year teaching. He then entered the State University of Iowa, receiving the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1907. Since graduating he has accepted many opportunities to improve his technic and skill in surgery, taking post-graduate work and attending clinics all over the United States.
The Harken Hospital, at Osceola, was founded in 1911, under the supervision and ownership of Doctor Harken. It has become an institution of high standing, thoroughly quipped and with a personnel of staff of the highest type available. The institution's growth and development has frequently required the investment of new capital to meet the increasing demands. Doctor Harken is a member of the Des Moines Academy of Medicine, the County and Iowa State Medical Societies and the American Medical Association.
He married, in 1909, Miss Edna M. Emary, who was born in Clarke County, Iowa, daughter of Fred and Esther (Jones) Emary. She is a graduate of Des Moines University and was a teacher in Iowa schools before her marriage. They have two sons, Dwight Emary and Walter Alden. Dwight completed his premedical work in Harvard University, graduating with the class of 1931, while Walter Alden recently graduated from the Osceola High School and expects to enter premedical training.