A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
SPECIALTREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN
EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR,INDUSTRY,
EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A.M.
Curator of the
Historical, Memorial and Art Department ofIowa
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc.
Chicago and NewYork
ROBERT L. FEIGHTNER, M. D.A beneficent medical institution locatedat Fort
Madison, Iowa, and conducted as the Santa Fe Railroad Hospital, iswidely
know through this section of the state and adjoining ones because of the
excellence of its management, the skill and ability of its physicians andsurgeons
and the scientific treatment accorded to every patient.Thoroughly qualified
and experienced, Dr. Robert L. Feightner came to theSanta Fe Hospital as
assistant surgeon in charge, and continued there untilOctober 1, 1929, when he
engaged in private practice, specializing in surgeryand radiology.Early in
the World war he offered his serviced to theGovernment for active duty at
the front, but he was not called into the militarydepartment because of his
usefulness at home.However, his patriotism wasrecognized and in November,
1918, he received a commission as an officer in theUnited States Medical
Reserve Corps. Doctor Reightner is a member of the Lee County Medical Society, the Iowa State Medical Society and the American Medical Association, and he also belongs to the Railway Surgeons Association and formerly was president of the Southeastern Iowa Medical Association.
Doctor Feightner was born at Greensburg, Pennsylvania, May 17, 1894, a son of Robert J. Feightner, a native of Pennsylvania. After he had completed the work in the common schools Robert J. Feightner decided upon abusiness
career, and after some experience along different lines, settled down to his present undertaking, that of the manufacture of brass valves at Greensburg, in which he has continued for over thirty years, and built up wideand valuable connections which have resulted in his becoming a man of means and prominence. He married Miss Annie Ulery, a native of Pennsylvania. Two children have been born to them, namely: Doctor Feightner, who is the elder; and Curtiss U., who is a resident of Greensburg, where the parents also reside.
Doctor Feightner attended the common schools of Greensburg, and laterhigh
school, and was graduated from the latter in 1913.Not only was he onthe
rifle team, but he had the honor of being on the class day program.While in
high school he worked, during the first two years as stenographerfor the Kelly
& Jones Brass Works, and in this way helped to pay hisway through school.
From earliest boyhood he had cherished the ambition ofbecoming a doctor, and,
therefore, after graduation from high school he enteredthe Chicago College
of Medicine and Surgery, from which he was graduated in1917, after
completing his four-year course, with the degree of Doctor ofMedicine.While in
college he served as night clerk and performed othersimilar duties in the
Chicago Lying-In Hospital and Dispensary.He madePhi Chi, and was presiding
senior on that fraternity, and was one of the mostpopular men of his class.In
1917 he came to the Santa Fe Hospital.He is a thirty-second degree Scottish
Rite Mason, a Knight Templar, andShriner and an Elk.The Presbyterian Church
holds his membership.
Doctor Feightner married Miss Fern F. Kern, of Fort Madison, June 10,1919.
They have two children:Jack Beverly, who was born August 29,1922; and
Dorothy Lorraine, who was born March 14, 1920.An earnest,conscientious and
highly-skilled practitioner, Doctor Feightner is finding in his present connection ample opportunity for work of a high character, and at the same time he does not neglect his duties as a citizen, but gives his support to all worth-while movements, particularly those dealing with educational matters.
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