Biography of Dr. Howard N. Flexer
Will County, Il Biographies





Howard N. Flexer, M. D., is a representative member of the medical profession in Joliet, where he is a specialist in diseases of the eye, ear, nose and throat. He was born in Reddick, Ill., Oct. 29, 1889, a son of Dr. John R. and Helen N. (Peck) Flexer.

John R. Flexer, M. D., was born near Allentown, Pa., Sept. 22, 1863. He attended the public schools of Allentown, the State Normal School, and Mulhenburg College. He graduated from the Medical College of the University of Pennsylvania in 1886 with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. He was in practice in Reddick, Ill., and at Eau Claire, Ill., coming to Joliet in 1889, and has attained a place with the foremost of his profession in this part of Illinois. His wife was born near Utica, N. Y. They are the parents of four children: Howard N., the subject of this sketch, Fayette J., American Consul at Frontera, Mexico; Edna H., married Stuart P. Walsh, resides in Seattle, Wash.; and Dr. Walter G., Polo, Mo.

Howard N. Flexer attended the public and high schools of Joliet, graduating from the latter in 1906, after which he took a post graduate course of one year. He then prepared for his profession at the Illinois College of Medicine from which he received his degree in 1912. He was an interne at St. Joseph's Hospital 1912-1913. In the latter year he engaged in the practice of his profession at Lakeview, Mich., until 1919, when he removed his office to Joliet.

During the World War Dr. Flexer served in the Volunteer Medical Service Corps, and was assigned to territory in and around Lakeview, Mich. He was chairman of the Liberty and Victory loans Nos. 3, 4 and 5, giving a great deal of time to the cause, his team going over the top 80 per cent.

In 1919 Dr. Flexer took a post graduate course at the Chicago Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat College.

In 1914 Dr. Flexer was united in marriage with Miss Irene E. Singer, a daughter of Guy E and Nellie (Shattuck) Singer. Mr. Singer, who is a building contractor, lives at Sycamore, Ill. His wife is deceased. Doctor and Mrs. Flexer have a daughter, Kathryn, a student. The family hold membership in the Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Flexer is a member of the Will County Medical Society, the Illinois State Medical Society, and the American Medical Association. He is affiliated with Matteson Lodge, A. F. and A. M. No. 175; and American Legion, Harwood Post, No. 5. Politically he is a Republican.

From:
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1928


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