Dr. Fred F Agnew, who has been continuously engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery in Independence
since 1903, was born in this county in 1874. His father, Isaac B. Agnew, was born in Hebron, Indiana, September
11, 1831, and in early life became a mail carrier, making his trips on horseback. He also drove stock from Ohio
and Indiana to Philadelphia for his uncle when but a youth, and he was only eleven years of age when he began carrying
the mail. He was engaged in that sort of work until 1855, when he started for Iowa, thinking to find better business
opportunities and advantages in this new and rapidly developing western country. He drove an ox team from Indiana
to Buchanan county, where he settled upon a farm, becoming closely identified with the agricultural development
of this section. He married Sarah R. Dille, who was born near Valparaiso, Indiana, in 1838, and they became the
parents of seven children, four sons and three daughters, of whom Fred F. is the sixth. Three of the family are
living in Buchanan county, but the parents have both passed away. During the later years of his life Mr. Agnew
was an active member of the Methodist church.
After acquiring his early education in the common schools, Dr. Agnew became a student in the Upper Iowan University
at Fayette, where he remained for three years. He then became a pupil in the medical department of the Iowa State
University, in which he spent two years, and later he entered the Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia, in
which he won his professional degree. He has since taken post graduate work in 1906, 1908, 1910 and 1914, and throughout
his professional career he has been a close and earnest student of the science of medicine. He did not immediately
begin preparation for the practice of medicine after completing his more specifically literary course, but when
twenty three years of age began farming, which he followed for two years. It was then that he entered medical college,
and after his graduation he spent a year and a half as interne in Blockley Hospital.
On the 1st of October, 1903, Dr. Agnew arrived in Independence and entered upon the practice of medicine, becoming
associated with Dr. A. G. Shellito. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and also a member of the
Buchanan County Medical Society, of which he is the president, the Iowa State Medical Society and the American
Medical Association. Constant reading and investigation have kept him in touch with modern thought in the field
of his chosen calling and his work has been highly beneficial to the public. He is likewise the owner of valuable
farm lands in Sumner township and he operates his father's farm, which is devoted to general agricultural pursuits.
In 1906 Dr. Agnew was united in marriage to Miss Minnie McBride, who was born in this county, a daughter of James
McBride, a native of New York. They have three children: Frederick Bryant, born September 9, 1908; Kathryn Alice,
born July 30, 1910; and James Ward, born September 16, 1912.
Dr. Agnew is well known in fraternal circles, holding membership in the lodge, chapter and commandery of the Masonic
fraternity and also with the Knights of Pythias. In his life he exemplifies the beneficent spirit of the craft
which is based upon mutual helpfulness and brotherly kindness, and his practice gives him many opportunities to
follow the tenets of the order. In a calling where advancement depends entirely upon individual merit and ability,
he has worked his way steadily upward and now enjoys a high and well deserved reputation.
History of Bachanan County, Iowa
And its People
By Harry Church and Katharyn J. Chappell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Bachanan County, IA
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