H. F. KEABLES, M. D.
For many years the name of Keables has been associated with the medical profession in Pella, as the father of our
subject was a physician and surgeon, practicing here for many years, and as Dr. H. F. Keables has for twenty years
or more followed his profession here. He was born at Pella on the 3d of June, 1865, a son of B. F. and Sarah J.
(Scholte) Keables. The father was a native of Geneseo, New York. As a young man he entered the Keokuk Medical College
and was graduated therefrom with the class of 1850. In that year he came to Pella and opened an office, remaining
in the active practice of his profession until his death. He was a member of the county and state medical societies
and of the American Medical Association and was one of the originators of the county society. He was for many years
a member of the pension board. To some extent he specialized in the diseases of women and children and became well
known for his successful treatment of those diseases. At the time of the Civil war he was surgeon for the Third
Regiment of Iowa Volunteers with the rank of major. He did much toward shaping public thought and action in Pella
and many of the institutions and forces that make for the welfare of the community benefited by his counsel and
work in their behalf. For many years he was president of the board of trustees of Central University of Iowa and
was largely instrumental in retaining Pella as its location. In the '70s he served in the state legislature for
two terms and proved a wise and efficient member of the general assembly. During McKinley's administration he was
postmaster of Pella and for a long time was a member of the city school board. Fraternally he was a member of the
Masons, in which he attained the Knights Templar degree, and the Odd Fellows. He attended the Baptist church and
contributed to the support of the work of that organization. He passed away in 1911 and in his death the community
lost one of its most useful and most highly respected citizens. Two of his brothers were also physicians. His wife,
who was a daughter of Rev. H. P. Scholte and who passed away October 18, 1914, was highly esteemed by all who
were privileged to know her. She was the mother of five children. H. S. is proprietor of the drug store in Pella
which his father established in 1852. Kate F. is the wife of R. R. Beard and lives at Pella. J. B. is a resident
of Des Moines. Dr. H. F., of this review, is the next in order of birth. May is the wife of Rev. J. B. Smith, a
minister of the Baptist church, now stationed at Waterloo, Iowa.
Dr. H. F. Keables attended the Central University of Iowa for a time after his graduation from the public schools
and subsequently entered Rush Medical College of Chicago, which institution gave him his professional degree in
1890 after he had completed the required course. He first located in Des Moines and practiced there for a short
time, but soon he returned to his birthplace and has since, or for more than twenty years, engaged in the practice
of medicine and surgery in Pella. He has a keen realization of the fact that this is an age in which accurate scientific
knowledge is of paramount importance and in thich it is necessary to make continued progress if one would not be
distanced in the achievement of success. He accordingly utilizes the available means for keeping abreast of the
discoveries made by trained investigators who are constantly seeking to learn more of the nature and cure of disease.
He belongs to the state and county medical societies and to the American Medical Association, reads much along
professional lines and has taken post graduate work in both Chicago and New York. His progressiveness, his knowledge
of different systems of therapeutics and the genuine interest that he takes in every case in which he is called
unite in making him one of the most successful and most prosperous physicians of the county. He holds alike the
respect of the general public and of his professional colleagues.
Dr. Keables was first married in 1892 to Miss Dora E. Narkel, who died in 1894, leaving one child, Benjamin Franklin,
now a clerk in the postoffice at Pella. In 1896 the Doctor was married to Miss Jessie V. Dinsmore, of Boston, Massachusetts,
and to this union three children have been born: Sarah A., Esther and Frances.
Dr. Keables is a republican in politics, as he is convinced that its principles and policies offer the best means
of solution for the vexed problems of our national life. Fraternally he belongs to the Masons and is a past master
of the local blue lodge. During the score of years in which he has practiced his profession in Pella he has served
the community well and has always been among the leaders in the effort to make the place one of the model cities
of the state in respect to public sanitation and hygiene, and the consciousness of a worthy work well done is by
no means the least of his reward. He has also won financial success and is considered one of the representative
residents of the city. His many fine traits of character have gained him loyal friends who esteem his good opinion
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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