Dr. Jasper L. Augustine, who has been engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery in Ladora since 1893,
has gained an enviable reputation in those lines and has also done much to promote the commercial and civic betterment
of his community. He was born in Agency City, Iowa, on the 7th of August, 1868, a son of Peter and Jennie Augustine.
His father, who was a forty niner and made three overland trips to California, is still living at the advanced
age of eighty seven years and makes his home in Ottumwa, Iowa.
Dr. Augustine was reared under the parental roof and attended the public schools of his native city, being graduated
from the local high school in May, 1885. As he had determined upon the medical profession as a life work, he entered
the medical school of the State University of Iowa and was graduated therefrom in 1893. In that year he located
in Ladora, where he has remained ever since, and has met with gratifying success. He has spent one month each year
in study in medical centers for the past fifteen years and thus has kept in touch with the advance in the theory
and practice of medicine and surgery. He also frequently attends medical meetings and holds membership in the Iowa
County Medical Society, in which he served as secretary for a number of years and of which he has also been president;
in the Iowa State Medical Society and in the American Medical Association; and he is also a Fellow of the American
College of Surgeons. He gives the first place in his life to his work as a physician and surgeon and as the years
have passed he has continually grown in knowledge and efficiency in his chosen profession, gaining the full confidence
not only of the general public but also of his professional brethren. He has a well equipped office and owns a
modern residence in Ladora.
Besides carrying on a large and successful practice Dr. Augustine is connected with a number of financial and commercial
enterprises, being director of the Ladora Savings Bank and of the Millersburg Savings Bank, and president of the
Ladora Lumber & Grain Company and of the Ladora Gas Company. He also is a member of the Ladora Improvement
Company, which has erected a number of dwellings and has for its purpose the upbuilding of the town.
In June, 1897, in Ladora, Dr. Augustine was married to Miss Lillian Matteson, a daughter of E. H. and Emily Matteson.
She is well known in Ladora, is recognized as a social leader and is an accomplished musician. To Dr. and Mrs.
Augustine have been born a son and daughter: Melville, aged sixteen, a student in the high school at Marengo; and
Mildred, nine years of age, who is attending the public schools of Ladora.
Dr. Augustine is a zealous republican and believes firmly in the wisdom of the policies of that party. He belongs
to the Masonic order. No movement for the commercial expansion of Ladora lacks his heartiest cooperation and he
has done much to further the community welfare during the twenty two years that he has resided in Ladora.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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