Dr. Ray Schuchert has been engaged in the practice of his profession in Marengo for only a few years but has
built up one of the largest practices in this part of the state. He is a native son of this county, born on the
28th of November, 1887, his parents being George and Rebecca (Dodd) Schuchert, natives of Iowa City and of Benton
county, this state, respectively. Both the paternal and maternal grandparents of our subject were born in Germany
and emigrated to the United States about 1840. His grandfather Schuchert located in Wisconsin, where he and a brother
acquired title to a farm which later became the site of the city of Oshkosh. In 1845 or 1846 he came to Iowa and
George. Schuchert was born while the family were crossing the Iowa river at Iowa City. The family home was established
upon a farm near Luzerne, Benton county, and there the grandfather passed away at the remarkable age of ninety
eight years. The maternal grandfather was also among the pioneer settlers of Benton county, where he was living
at the time of his demise.
Shortly after his marriage George Schuchert located upon a farm in this county but after a number of removals bought
the Trueblood farm in Benton county from the original owner of the land. Subsequently he sold all of his land but
twenty acres, on which he erected a commodious residence, and he is now living there retired.
Dr. Ray Schuchert spent his boyhood and youth under the parental roof and was graduated from the Belle Plaine high
school in 1906. For about three years thereafter he was employed at various occupations in a number of states,
traveling from one place to another and working at whatever he could find to do, from school teaching down. He
had many and varied experiences and has always felt that those three years were well spent and that they were an
education in themselves. In the fall of 1909 he decided to definitely prepare himself for a profession and entered
the McKillip Veterinary College of Chicago, where he took a three years' course, receiving the degree of D. V.
M. in 1912. Immediately following his graduation he located in Marengo, where he has since resided and where he
met with immediate success in his profession. He has built up a reputation for the successful treatment of the
diseases of animals that might well be envied by many an older practitioner, and he derives a handsome income from
his professional labors.
On the 22d of October, 1912, Dr. Schuchert married Miss Gertrude Huff, of Benton county, and they have a daughter,
Marjorie Irene. The Doctor is independent in politics, believing that the need of the country is more and more
for a ballot cast without undue regard for party lines. Fraternally he is connected with Hebron Lodge, No. 148,
I. O. O. F., and with the local lodge of the Knights of Pythias. He is generally recognized as one of the representative
men of the county and is valued not only as a man of expert professional knowledge but also as a citizen whose
public spirit prompts him to place the public good before his professional interests.
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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