Biography of Dr. A. L. Braden
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Dr. A. L. Braden is meeting with success as a follower of the medical profession in Wellman, where he has been located since 1903. He was born in Des Moines county, Iowa, on the 8th of August, 1870, a son of J. R. and Carrie (Austin) Braden, both of whom were natives of Ross county, Ohio. It was in the year 1851 that the father came to Iowa, turning his attention to farming. He was busily employed in the work of the fields until more than a decade had passed, when he responded to the country's call for troops, joining the boys in blue of Company K, Fourteenth Iowa Volunteer Infantry. With this regiment he served throughout the entire war and participated in several hotly contested battles but never flinched when facing the enemy's bullets, actuated always by the high and earnest resolve of protecting the interests of the Union. Both he and his wife are now deceased. His political allegiance was unswervingly given to the republican party and he took an active interest in promoting its welfare and success. The family numbered but two children, the elder being Mary Louisa Braden, now the wife of Grant Gregory, of Texas.

Dr. Braden, the only son, supplemented his public school education by a course in Kossuth Academy, from which he was graduated with the class of 1890. He largely pursued his medical course in Iowa City, where he spent four years in college. He also spent two years in the Bellevue Hospital in New York city and for a time was in the Mills Training School of the eastern metropolis. His thorough preparation well qualified him for the onerous duties of the profession and in 1903 he came to Wellman, where he purchased the practice of Dr. Smith and later bought out Dr. W. P. Gardner. He has been very successful in his professional career, his skill and ability gaining him a wide reputation and extensive practice throughout the surrounding country. He is always most careful in the diagnosis of his cases and his labors have been attended with a gratifying measure of success. In addition to his private practice he is now physician for the Fraternal Aid at Wellman and examiner for several insurance companies.

On the 23d of September, 1903, Dr. Braden was married to Miss Carrie V. Heizer, who was born in Des Moines county, Iowa. They have become the parents of two children: Louisa, who was born November 8, 1904; and Cordelle, whose birth occurred June 15, 1907. The parents are members of the Methodist Episcopal church and Dr. Braden is a member of the Woodmen Lodge, No. 1828, of which he is also examining physician. He is actuated by high ideals in his professional service and is recognized elsewhere as a man of attractive social qualities, whose interest in his fellowmen is deep and sincere, while his efforts for public progress are actuated by an earnest desire for the welfare and uphuilding of the community in which he makes his home.

From:
History of Washington County, Iowa
From the First White Settlement to 1908
Vol II
BY: Howard A. Burrell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1909


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