Dr. Harry R. Layton, of Leon, is the dean of the medical profession of Decatur county and has built up a practice
that in importance is second to none in this part of the state. Born Ain Lee county, Iowa, on the 11th of September,
1853, he is a son of Captain J M. and Cora (Raymond) Layton, natives respectively of Dearborn county, Indiana,
and of Connecticut. In 1862 the father went to the defense of the Union, becoming a private in Company E, Nineteenth
Iowa Volunteer Infantry. He saw much hard service and his loyalty and bravery won him successive promotions until
he became captain of his company, although he was in the army but little more than a year, being mustered out in
the fall of 1863, on account of severe wounds which he had received in the battle of Perry Grove, where he was
thrice wounded. Upon returning home he engaged in the plastering business, which he followed the remainder of his
life. He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and took an active interest not only in the affairs of
his post but in everything pertaining to the old soldiers. His demise occurred on the 4th of September, 1901, and
his wife passed away in 1878. To them were born five children. Charles; Dr. Harry R., of this review; Frank; Elizabeth,
who married George Hurst, of Leon; and Margaret, who died at the age of seventeen.
Doctor Layton received his elementary education in the public schools and later attended the Fort Madison Academy.
After reading medicine for some time he entered the Keokuk Medical College, from which he was graduated in 1874
with the degree of M. D. On the 4th of May of that year he located at Leon and opened an office for the practice
of his profession. During the forty one years that have since elapsed he has continued in practice here and has
gained a wide spread reputation as a skillful and conscientious physician and surgeon. He has practiced in Decatur
county longer than any other physician in the county and is held in high esteem by his professional brethren as
well as by the general public. Hem is a member of the Decatur County Medical Society, of which he has served as
secretary and president, and he is also identified with the Iowa State Medical Society.
On the 6th of November, 1877, was solemnized the marriage of Doctor Layton and Miss Martha M. Post, of Decatur
county, and they have become the parents of two children: Orr H., who died in infancy; and Raymond G. Doctor Layton
gives his political allegiance to the republican party but has never desired to hold office. He is prominent in
local Masonic circles, belonging to Tripolis Commandery, K. T., of Leon, of which he has been commander, and being
also identified with the Mystic Shrine. He is a faithful and consistent member of the Presbyterian church and is
serving on its official board. No movement which has as its aim the upbuilding of Leon and Decatur county appeals
to him in vain. Those who know him respect him for what he has achieved not only professionally but also in the
service of his community.
History of Decatur County, Iowa
And its People
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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