CHARLES M. HARRINGTON, M. D.
For the past fifteen years Dr. Charles M. Harrington has been a physician and surgeon of Knoxville and has built
up a gratifying practice. He was born in this county, five miles east of Knoxville, in 1872, a son of Nathan and
Mary (Smith) Harrington, both of whom have gone to their reward. His father was a native of Washington county,
Ohio, and remained there until he attained his majority. He then came to Iowa and learned the milling business
under Mr. Bussing, continuing to follow that trade throughout his active life. He resided in the country until
the early '70s, when he removed to Knoxville, which city remained his home until his death, which occurred in April,
1911, when he was sixty eight years of age. He invested to quite an extent in land and owned some excellent farming
property. He was interested in the public welfare and exercised his right of franchise in support of the candidates
and measures of the republican party but never desired office for himself. He was a member of the Congregational
church, as was also his wife, and fraternally belonged to the Masonic order and the Knights of Pythias. His parents
came to this country from Ireland and located in Baltimore, Maryland, but his father, Ephraim Harrington, afterward
took his family to the Northwest Territory, settling upon a land grant in Washington county, Ohio. The mother of
Dr. Harrington was born in Crawford county, Ohio, near Dresden, and accompanied her father, John Smith, to Iowa
in 1855, the family locating two miles east of Knoxville. Her mother had previously died in Ohio. Mr. Smith was
a farmer and stockman and very successful in all of his undertakings. He secured large landholdings and was known
as one of the representative men of the county. He passed away when about eighty years of age. Both he and his
wife were Presbyterians. Mrs. Nathan Harrington died here in 1898, when fifty one years of age. She was the mother
of three children, one of whom died when four years of age and another in infancy, Dr. Harrington being the only
The last named was reared in Knoxville and has spent practically all of his life in this city. In 1891 he was graduated
from the local high school and then for three years was in the employ of the Wabash Railroad at Des Moines and
later with the Union Pacific Railway at Cheyenne, Wyoming. In 1895 he began the study of medicine, entering the
Chicago Homeopathic Medical College, from which he was graduated in 1899. He immediately returned to his home city
and began practice. He has taken post graduate courses, attending clinics at the Metropolitan Hospital, New York
city, in 1903 and 1905. His offices are well located, being in the Odd Fellows building, and are completely appointed.
He has gained a fine practice and has the respect of his colleagues in the profession as well as the confidence
of the general public. He adheres strictly to the highest standard of professional ethics and is very conscientious
in his treatment of cases, giving his patients the full benefit of his knowledge of the latest discoveries and
developments in the field of medical science. He belongs to the county, in county and state medical societies and
the American Medical Association. He has studied both allopathy and homeopathy and practices both schools.
Dr. Harrington married Miss Olive Kinkead, a native of this county and a daughter of the late Lemuel Kinkead, a
sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this work. Mrs. Kinkead is still living and resides with Dr. and Mrs. Harrington.
The Doctor and his wife arc members of the Congregational church and can be depended upon to aid in movements for
the welfare of humanity and especially those whose object is the good of their community. The Doctor is a republican
with progressive tendencies. Socially he belongs to the Masonic fraternity, holding membership in the lodge, chapter
and commandery at Knoxville and in the Shrine and consistory of Des Moines. He also belongs to the Knights of Pythias.
His wife is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, in which she is past worthy matron, and of the P. E. O.
The Doctor is in his prime and has accomplished much in his busy life. He has the satisfaction of knowing that
he is a factor in the advancement of his community and that his success cannot be measured entirely or even mainly
by a monetary standard although he has gained financial prosperity.
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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