Biography of Dr. Edward D. Dowds
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Edward D. Dowds, M. D., of Shelby, is among the successful physicians and surgeons of Richland County, and is a veteran of the World War. He was born at Democracy, Knox County, Ohio, March 4, 1891, the son of S. G. and Aurilla (Black) Dowds.

Hon. S. G. Dowds is a prominent citizen of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, where he has successfully engaged in business for a number of years as a member of the firm of Keloer-Dowds Company, wholesale grocers. He was born at Democracy, Knox County, and spent his early life there. Mr. Dowds has always been active in politics in Knox County and held the office of county treasurer. He also served as State Representative in the Ohio Legislature on the Republican ticket. Mr. Dowds has also been postmaster of Mt. Vernon. He has been chairman of the Republic Central Committee for many years. He and his family hold membership in the Methodist Church, and he belongs to Mt. Vernon Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 3; Mt. Zion Chapter, R. A. M.; Mt. Vernon Council, R. & S. M. M.; Commandery, K. T.; Scioto Consistory, 32nd degree; and Aladdin Temple. Mr. and Mrs. Dowds had the following children: Robert, deceased; Edward D., the subject of this sketch; Vivian, lives at home; and Marjorie, who attends the New York School of Art.

Edward D. Dowds received his early education in the public schools of Mt. Vernon and entered Ohio Wesleyan University after his graduation from Los Angeles High School in 1908. He received the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1913 from that institution and in 1916 received the degree of Bachelor of Medicine at Western Reserve University. The following year was spent as an interne at City Hospital, Cleveland, and at the outbreak of the World War in 1917 Dr. Dowds enlisted and received the commission of first lieutenant in the Medical Corps, U. S. Army. He was stationed at Allentown, Pa., for a time and later saw active service in Italy with the U. S. Army Ambulance Service, being attached to the Third Italian Army on the Piavre River. He was discharged with the rank of captain, May 26, 1919. Dr. Dowds spent six months in general practice in Cleveland and in 1920 located in Shelby. He is a member of the staff of Shelby Memorial Hospital and belongs to Richland County and Ohio State Medical Societies, and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Dowds was married in 1917 to Miss Agnes Ballantyne, the daughter of Michael and Agnes Ballantyne, who were natives of Stratford, Ont., Canada, both now deceased. Doctor and Mrs.. Dowds have four children: Jeanette, Sue, Robert, and Grant. The latter two are twins and were born Aug. 15, 1930.

Dr. Dowds is a Republican, a member of the Methodist Church and belongs to Shelby Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 350; Shelby Chapter, R. A. M.; Shelby Country Club; and Shelby Advertising Club. He is Past Commander of O'Brien Post, American Legion.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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