Dr. Guy Pace Reed, of Davis City, is one of the leading representatives of the medical profession in Decatur
county and has given especial attention to the practice of surgery, in which he is very proficient. He was born
February 18, 1875, in Putnam county, Missouri, a son of David P. and Harriet F. (Tarwater) Reed. The father, who
was born in Ohio, was of Irish, German and Turkish descent. The paternal grandfather, William Reed, was born in
Ireland in 1760 and married a lady of Turkish birth. David P. Reed was an agriculturist by occupation and for fifty
two years resided upon a farm in Putnam county, Missouri, which he entered from the government. His last years,
however, were spent in Mercer county, Missouri, where his demise occurred in 1902. His wife was born in Missouri,
of German and Scotch ancestry, and following his demise removed to Gravity, Iowa, but passed away at Shenandoah
at the home of her son, Dr. D. W. Reed, in 1912. Mr. and Mrs. David P. Reed were the parents of ten children.
Dr. Guy P. Reed attended the district schools and later completed a course in the high school at Powersville, Missouri,
after which he entered the University of Missouri at Columbia, matriculating there in 1895. He remained in that
institution for one year and then became a student in the New Medical College at Keokuk, Iowa, but after a year
entered the St. Louis College of Physicians & Surgeons, completing the three years' course in 1899 and receiving
the degree of M. D. Some time later the course was lengthened to four years and he returned and after further study
was graduated in 1901 with the M. D. degree. He then went to Vienna, Austria, and took a five months' course in
the Allgemeine Krankenshaus, or General Hospital. Upon returning to the United States he located in Davis City,
Iowa, and in the intervening years has built up a large and distinctively representative practice. He also conducts
a well equipped sanitarium on the second floor of the building in which his office is located and gives much attention
to surgical work. Although he devoted many years to preparation for his profession he has never allowed himself
to believe that his student days are over, but on the contrary is constantly seeking to add to his knowledge of
both medical and surgical science.
Dr. Reed was married February 8, 1900, to Miss Edith Shelby, of St. Louis, a daughter of Joseph and Victoria (Cissel)
Shelby. Her father was for many years a farmer of Perry county, Missouri, and was living there at the time of his
demise. His widow survives and makes her home in St. Louis. Dr. and Mrs. Reed have two children: Roe B., who was
born July 2, 1901, and who is now a student in the Davis City high school; and Shelby D., whose birth occurred
November 16, 1905, and who is attending the Davis City schools.
Dr. Reed is a republican and was for one term mayor of Davis City, while for several yearshe has held the office
of city physician. Fraternally he belongs to the local lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and his wife
is a member of the Rebekahs. He holds membership in the Decatur County Medical Society, of which he served for
one term as president; the Iowa State Medical Society, in which he is well known; and the American Medical Association.
He has the confidence of the general public and of his colleagues in the profession and personally he is very popular.
He is prominent in county and state medical circles and his practice has grown steadily since he first located
in Davis City.
History of Decatur County, Iowa
And its People
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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