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E. H. Knittle, M.D.
Born April 10, 1874


Dr. E. H. Knittle, who since 1899 has been a successful representative of the medical profession in Onslow, is now enjoying a most extensive and lucrative practice and is also the proprietor of a modern and up-to-date drug store. His birth occurred in Maquoketa, Iowa, on the 10th of April, 1874, his parents being Henry and Maria (Engalls) Knittle, who were natives of Pennsylvania and New York respectively. The father, who came to Iowa when about fourteen years of age, worked at the painter's trade for two years and then secured employment as a clerk in the store of a Mr. McGregor of Maquoketa, in which connection he became familiar with the business in principle and detail. At the end of two years he embarked in business on his own account as a merchant at Maquoketa, forming a partnership with Benjamin A. Spencer, which continued throughout the remainder of his active connection with mercantile interests. He was for many years a prominent factor in business circles and was widely recognized as one of Maquoketa's most enterprising, progressive and public-spirited citizens. It was largely owing to his efforts that the Chicago & Northwestern and Chicago, Milwaukee & St., Paul Railroads built their lines through that town, and in fact his aid and influence were ever given on the side of progress and improvement. His death, which occurred in March, 1903, when he had attained the age of sixty-two years, was deeply mourned by all who knew him, and it was uniformly conceded that the community had lost one of its most respected and influential residents. He was a charter member of the Masonic lodge in Maquoketa and a worthy exemplar of the craft.
Dr. E. H. Knittle was reared in the place of his nativity and, beginning his education at the usual age, was graduated from the Maquoketa high school with the class of 1893. Determining upon the practice of medicine as a life work, he entered the office of Dr. A. B. Bowen at Maquoketa, under whose direction he read during the periods of vacation until he had won his degree. In the fall of 1894 he entered the medical department of the Iowa State University and was graduated from that institution in 1897. He then began the practice of his chosen profession in partnership with his former preceptor, Dr. Bowen, which association was maintained for two years. On the expiration of that period, in 1899, Dr. Knittle opened an office in Onslow, Jones county, where he has since built up an extensive and altogether enviable practice. His skill and ability have been constantly manifest in the excellent results which have attended his efforts for the alleviation of human suffering and the restoration of health, and he well merits the confidence. which his patients repose in him. He keeps in touch with the onward march of the profession through his membership in the Iowa State Medical Society and the Jones County Medical Society. In the spring of 1907 he opened a handsome and well equipped. drug store at Onslow and, placing a registered pharmacist in charge, has already built up an extensive, trade in this connection.
In 1901 Dr. Knittle was united in marriage to Miss Beth Neelan, of Onslow, by whom he has a daughter, Grace Maurine. His political allegiance is given to the republican party, while his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Presbyterian church, with which his wife is also identified. His fraternal relations are with Keystone Lodge, NO. 206, F.&A.M., of Wyoming; Onslow Lodge, No. 296, I.0.0.F.; Modern Woodmen Camp, NO. 2120; and the Mystic Workers of the World. While yet a young man, he has already attained a creditable position in professional circles, while the salient characteristics of his manhood are such as have brought him the warm regard of those with whom he has been otherwise associated.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 133.

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