Dr. Hiram C. Dodds, a well known medical practitioner of Dufur, where he has been following his profession for
several years, and a former member of the Oregon legislature and otherwise identified with the public life of this
part of the state, is a native of Michigan, born in North Branch, that state, in July, 1867. He is a son of Archibald
and Marie (Baker) Dodds. Archibald Dodds was a popular and successful farmer and filled many of the minor public
offices of his township and county during his active years.
Hiram C. Dodds, the subject of this sketch, was educated in the district schools, in the North Branch high school,
in the Michigan State Normal College, at Ypsilanti, and at the Detroit College of Medicine and Surgery, from which
latter institution he was graduated in 1897 with the degree of M. D. Upon receiving his diploma Dr. Dodds commenced
practice, but after a year decided that the chances for a young doctor were much better in the far west than in
any other section of the country, so in 1898 he moved to the Pacific coast and on visiting Dufur decided to locate
in that place. In 1910 Dr. Dodds went to Chicago and took a postgraduate course in the Chicago Polyclinic.
During the twenty two years Dr. Dodds has been a resident of Wasco county he has built up not only a lucrative
practice but has also added to his reputation as a skilled practitioner, and he is now established in the public
confidence as one of the most successful members of the medical profession in this part of the state.
Dr. Dodds was married to Miss Marie Henry, a daughter of William Henry, a well known citizen of East Troy, Wisconsin,
the marriage taking place in November, 1898. The Henry family were pioneers in Wisconsin. Dr. and Mrs. Dodds are
the parents of two daughters: Mildred Elaine, a junior in the University of Oregon; and Dorothy, a student at the
Jefferson high school, Portland. She is taking a special course in vocal training, her voice having been pronounced
by experts to Possess uncommon merit.
Dr. Dodds is a past master in the Masonic order, a Knight Templar, a Noble of the Mystic Shrine, an Elk, a Woodman
of the World, and an Odd Fellow, in which latter organization he has filled all the chairs and has been in the
grand lodge. He has served as city health officer of Dufur for many years. He represented the counties of Wasco
and Hood River in the Oregon state legislature in 1909-10 and was mayor of Dufur for three terms.
At the outbreak of the World war Dr. Dodds volunteered his services to his country and entered the medical corps
as a first lieutenant. He served at Camp Lewis, Washington, as examining physician, and at the close of the war
served at the same camp as demobilizing physician. He is a captain of the Officers' Reserve Medical Corps of the
United States army. Dr. Dodds is a member of the Oregon State Medical Society and of the American Medical Association.
He was one of the organizers of the Wasco County State Bank, and is a member of the board of the directors of the
bank. The doctor and his wife are prominent factors in the social and cultural activities of Dufur and have ever
taken an interested part in all movements designed to advance the public welfare.
History of Oregon Illistrated
BY: Charles H. Carney
The Pioneer Historical Publishing Company
Chicago - Portland 1922
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