Dr. Harry L. Bridgman, a well known young medical practitioner of Columbia, where he has followed his profession
continuously since 1907, has won an enviable reputation as one of the skilled and successful representatives of
the fraternity in Marion county. His birth occurred in Harrison county, Indiana, on the 20th of June, 1882, his
parents being John W. and Carrie (Thomas) Bridgman, the former a native of Kentucky and the latter of Indiana.
Their marriage was celebrated in the Hoosier state, where the mother passed away and where the father is still
living. To them were born five children, three of whom survive.
Harry L. Bridgman remained under the parental roof until sixteen years of age and in the acquirement of an education
attended the graded and high schools of his native state. Having determined upon a professional career, he entered
the Kentucky School of Medicine at Louisville, which institution conferred upon him the degree of M. D. in 1907.
The same year he opened an office at Columbia, Iowa, where he has since remained and has built up a liberal and
lucrative practice, his skill and ability being widely recognized. With the steady progress of the profession he
keeps in close touch through his membership in the Trig County Medical Society, the Iowa State Medical Society
and the American Medical Association.
In 1910 Dr. Bridgman was united in marriage to Miss Beneti May, a native of Marion county, Iowa, and a daughter
of G. W. and Nettie May, who were also born in this county. She is a high school graduate and for some years prior
to her marriage followed the profession of teaching. She now has one son, Harry L., Jr., born March 17, 1912. Dr.
Bridgman is a worthy exemplar of the Masonic fraternity, belonging to Inter Ocean Lodge, No. 152, A. F. & A.
M., at Lacona, Iowa, while his wife belongs to the Rebekahs and is also a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal
church. Both are prominent in the younger social set of the community, being well liked and highly esteemed for
their many good qualities of mind and character.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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