Biography of Dr. V. S. Wilcox
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V. S. WILCOX, M. D.
The medical fraternity finds a worthy representative in Dr. V. S. Wilcox, who has made Malcom the scene of his activity throughout his connection with the medical profession. He was born in Homer, Licking county, Ohio, on the nth of October, 1848, a son of J. P. and Mary (Stark) Wilcox, natives of Luzerne county, Pennsylvania. In the. Keystone state the parents were reared and married and at an early day went to Ohio. The mother passed away in Tiskilwa, Bureau county, Illinois, and later the father came to Iowa with his son, Dr. Wilcox. He engaged in merchandising at one time, although the greater part of his life was devoted to farming. His death occurred at Aurora, Nebraska. His family consisted of three children, of whom our subject is the eldest, the others being: Louisa, the wife of Jasper Weimer, of North English, Iowa county, Iowa; and Ella, residing in Aurora, Nebraska.

Dr. Wilcox was but seven years of age when he came with his father to Iowa, locating first in Washington county, and in that and Iowa county he spent the intervening period until twenty two years of age. At the usual age he became a pupil in the public schools, continuing therein until his graduation from the high school, and for one year pursued a literary course at the Iowa State University. He then became a student in the medical department of that institution, from which he was graduated three years later, in 1874, when the M. D. degree was conferred upon him. Immediately after his graduation he came to Malcom and here he has since continued in the practice of his profession. From the first he was highly successful, impressing all with whom he came in contact with his trustworthy character, his earnestness, zeal and scrupulous regard for the ethics of his profession. He is skilful in diagnosis, sure in prescription, thoughtful and tactful in attendance, and prompt and efficacious in emergency. Aside from a large practice, which is distinctively representative and lucrative, he is the owner of a fine farm of two hundred and forty acres a mile from town, which returns him a most substantial annual income.

In 1871 Dr. Wilcox was united in marriage to Miss Josephine Hamilton, who was. born in Tiffin, Johnson county, Iowa, in July, 1851, a daughter of Hezekjah Hamilton. Unto Dr. and Mrs. Wilcox have been born three children, as follows: Delano, a graduate of the literary department of the Iowa State University, also of Rush Medical College of Chicago, and who is now practicing medicine in connection with his father; Mabel F., the wife of Oscar Bowers, of Malcom; and Nellie G., who married Henry Wickman, now operating Dr. Wilcox's farm in Malcom township.

Dr. Wilcox's professional relations are with the Poweshiek County Medical Society and the Iowa State Medical Society. Fraternally he is a Royal Arch Mason and also belongs to Oriental Commandery, No. 22, K. T., of Newton, while he is likewise a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He gives his political allegiance to the republican party, and was a member of the board of education for thirty years, during which time he served on the building committee of the Malcom high school. For a period of thirty seven years Dr. Wilcox has practiced continuously in Malcom - a period characterized by self sacrifice and kindly ministrations to others - and during that time he has become the loved family physician in many households. He has ever had the interest of the community deeply at heart and few deserve a more prominent position among the town's most representative and valued citizens.

From:
History of Poweshiek County, Iowa
A Record of settlement, organization
progress and achievement
By: Prof. L. F. Parker
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1911


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