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
HAROLD J. MCCOY, M. D. The broad field of medical and surgical science
offers so many activities and opportunities in its different branches that a
large number of the fraternity have applied their studies and energies to some
special line, although naturally a broad knowledge of general medicine and
surgery is essential to the man who seeks success in any branch. Among the
modern specialists of Des Moines, one who has won prosperity and position through
natural talent, close application and constant study is Dr. Harold J. McCoy,
who has specialized in the diseases of the eye, ear, nose and throat in this
city since 1920.
Doctor McCoy was born on a ranch in Chase County, Nebraska, December 17,
1891, and is a son of Sherman E. and Susan (Werts) McCoy. His paternal
grandfather was Maj. A. M. McCoy, an officer in the Union army during the war between
the states and for many years a resident of Iowa, where he was engaged in
agricultural pursuits, mainly in Lucas County. The maternal grandfather of
Doctor McCoy was John Werts, a native of Ohio, who settled in Lucas County,
Iowa, in young manhood and passed the rest of his life in farming.
Sherman E. McCoy was born in Lucas County, Iowa, where he was reared and
educated, but as a young man moved to Chase County, Nebraska, took up land and
developed a large ranch in the vicinity of the City of Imperial. He and his
wife are now living in retirement, but Mr. McCoy still operates a large amount
of land in the same community, of which he is the owner, and the supervisor
of which is constantly under his attention. He is a man of high character
and public spirit, of good business judgment and integrity, and has the
confidence and esteem of the people of his community. To Mr. and Mrs. McCoy have
been born five children, Harold J. being the eldest child and only boy. In
politics he is a Democrat, as is his father.
The public schools of Nebraska supplied Harold J. McCoy with his early
education, and after he had attended and graduated from the Congregational
Academy, of Franklin, that state, he taught in a rural school for one year. He then
entered Drake University, where he spent three years, following which he
became a student in the University of Chicago, graduating therefrom with the
degree of Bachelor of Science in 1916. His medical studies were then prosecuted
at the University of Illinois, he being graduated as a member of the class
of 1919, degree of Doctor of Medicine, and spent one year as an interne at
Mercy Hospital, Chicago. Having specialized in eye, ear, nose and throat at
Chicago, he became assistant to Dr. C. M. Werts, with whom he was associated in
practice for three and one-half years. Since then he has practiced alone at
Des Moines, with offices in the Bankers Trust Building, and has built up a
large and representative patronage, attracted by his reliability, professional
talent and attractive personality. He is a member of the Polk County
Medical Society, the Iowa State medical Society, the American Medical Association,
the Des Moines Academy of Medicine. The Medical Study Club of Des Moines and
the Oto-Laryngological. He also holds membership in the Gold and Country
Club, the American Legion, the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, the Phi Beta Phi
medical fraternity, the Masons and the Benevolent and Protective Order of
Elks. He and Mrs. McCoy both belong to the First Methodist Episcopal Church,
in the work of which they have taken a keen interest and active part both in
the church and Sunday School. During the World war Doctor McCoy enlisted in
the army, and at present is a member of the Naval Reserves.
In 1922 Doctor McCoy was united in marriage with Miss Dorcas Baker, whose
parents died when she was a child. She was reared in the home of an aunt and
completed her education at the East Des Moines High School. They are the
parents of one son: Robert Sherman, born November 17, 1925.
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