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
ANDROS CARSON, M. D. The work of the physicians and surgeons of Des Moines is attracting wide-spread attention because of the high ability of the professional men and the conscientiousness with which they devote themselves to
their calling. One of these men of more than average prestige is Dr. Andros Carson, who inherits many of the sturdy characteristics of his forebears, North of Ireland people, although he and his parents are all American born.
The birth of Doctor Carson took place at Steubenville, Ohio, and he is a son
of William and Miriam (Guess) Carson, natives of Ohio, both now deceased. In
1865 they migrated to Illinois, where the father bought land and was long a
farmer. Of the twelve children born to him and his wife Doctor Carson is the
seventh in order of birth. The parents were members of the United
Presbyterian Church, and he was an Odd Fellow in fraternal affiliations and a
Republican in politics.
Doctor Carson attended the Cissna High School, Illinois, after which he took
his medical work in Rush Medical College, and was graduated therefrom with
the degree of Doctor of Medicine. Immediately thereafter he entered upon the
practice of medicine at Elliott, Iowa, and remained there for ten years,
building up a large and widely spread practice. In 1904 he came to Des Moines,
and here he has since carried on a general medical practice, advancing
steadily in the confidence of the public.
In 1890 Doctor Carson married Miss Sarah Miller, born in Illinois and
educated in Drake University. Prior to her marriage she was a teacher, and Doctor Carson was also a teacher, earning the money to pay his way through college as an educator. Three children have been born to Doctor and Mrs. Carson, namely: Russell, who was educated in Drake University and the University of Illinois, is now at Chicago and in the employ of the appliances department of the Commonwealth Edison Company; Lela, who was educated at Drake University and Northwestern University, is living at home and serving as secretary to the University Church of Christ; and Mildred, who was educated at Drake University
and Northwestern University is a talented violinist and plays for church and other services. She married Wesley Blades, an attorney of Chicago. Doctor Carson and his family belong to the University Church of Christ and he served on its Official Board for twenty-four years.
Fraternally he affiliates with the Masons and Modern Woodmen, and he belongs to the University Club, the Polk County Medical Society, the Iowa State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. While living at Elliott,
Iowa, Doctor Carson served as president of the Montgomery County Medical Society. His practice is an exacting one, and consumes all of his time, so that he has not been able to participate actively in civic affairs, although he is
deeply interested in everything that affects the welfare of Des Moines and its environs.
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