Dr. William S. Parks is a practicing physician and burgeon of Brighton. Iowa, whose career thus far in his profession
has been one of eminent usefulness and the means of acquiring him a liberal patronage, inasmuch as his knowledge
of materia medica and his skill in surgery have won him an excellent reputation throughout the city and adjoining
His birth occurred in Sigourney, Keokuk county, this state, January 9, 1859, and he is a son of Arad and Emeline
Parks. His father, a native of Vermont, came to this state about the year 1856 and located in Sigourney, where,
with the exception of the time he spent in the army, he lived until he departed this life. He was a physician and
surgeon, who followed his profession with great success and was known throughout the county as one of the most
efficient practitioners of the medical fraternity. His wife is a native of Maryland, but they were married in Brownsville,
Indiana. She still survives and resides in Brighton, Iowa. In their family were two children: Emerson A., who passed
away in 1968; and William S.
Dr. William S. Parks early developed the desire to enter the medical profession and every advantage was given to
him by his mother to gratify his longing. His preliminary education was acquired in the common and high schools
of his native county, and after his graduation from the latter, desiring to see some of the world, he spent two
years in Wyoming and New Mexico as a government surveyor, at the expiration of which time, in the fall of 1881,
he entered upon the study of medicine under Drs. Cook and McWilliams, of Sigourney. After spending a year or more
under their instruction, he became a. student at the State University of Iowa, from which institution he was graduated
March 4, 1885. He immediately began the practice of his profession in Sigourney but in 1886 came to Brighton,
where he has since built up an excellent practice.
On September 19, 1889, occurred the marriage of Dr. Parks and Miss Emma Nora Peterson, and to them have been born
three children: Estella, whose birth occurred September 29, 189o, and who is a student at the State University;
Eugene William, who was born February 20, 1894; and Arthur, whose birth occurred October 14, 1899.
Politically, the Doctor is a republican, and while he does not desire public office he keeps abreast of the times
regarding the paramount issues of the day and is a loyal supporter of the candidates of his favorite party during
campaigns. Among the fraternal organizations with which he is affiliated are the Independent Order of Odd Fellows,
of which he has been a member for twenty years, during which time he has filled all the chairs, and the Modern
Woodmen of America, meeting in Brighton. He belongs to that denomination of Christians known as the Disciples of
Christ, being a strong supporter of the organization, and is a member of the state and county medical associations,
being at the present writing the president of the latter. Dr. Parks has made an excellent career in his chosen
profession, his practice throughout the community gradually growing on account of the studious attention he gives
to all the sciences pertaining to the work of the physician and surgeon, and he may justly be numbered among the
finest and foremost medical practitioners in the county.
History of Washington County, Iowa
From the First White Settlement to 1908
BY: Howard A. Burrell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Washington County, IA
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