Dr. J. R. Coxe, a physician and surgeon of North English, has been in active practice here longer than any other
representative of the profession. Born in Louisa county, this state, his natal day was the 10th of May, 1853. His
parents, John and Martha (Hindman) Coxe, were natives respectively of New Jersey and Ohio. In 1854 they took up
their residence in Iowa, locating in Louisa county, and four years later removed to Benton county, where the father
entered land. He continued to reside there until his death. To him and his wife were born nine children but two
of whom survive: Mrs. S. J. Robertson, a resident of California; and the subject of this review.
Dr. J. R. Coxe began to earn his own livelihood when but ten years of age and has since been dependent upon his
own resources. He was attracted by the possibilities of the medical profession and in preparation therefor entered
the State University of Iowa at Iowa City, from which he was graduated with the degree of M. D. with the class
of 1880. He practiced in Benton county until 1883 and then went to O'Brien county, Iowa, where he practiced for
two years. He then located again in Benton county but three years later removed to Parnell, Iowa county, where
he remained for nine years. At the end of that time he returned to Benton county, where he spent two years in practice
but in 1899 he opened an office in North English and has since remained here. In the sixteen years that have elapsed
since he became a resident of North English he has gained a high place in the estimation of his professional colleagues
and also of the public in general and his practice is extensive and representative.
On June 21, 1876, occurred the marriage of Dr. Coxe and Miss Etta Cartwright, who was born in Johnson county, Iowa,
a daughter of Charles and Nannie (Till) Cartwright. She is descended from distinguished ancestry, as her grandmother
was a cousin of George Washington. Mr. Cartwright became a resident of Iowa City in 1842 and later removed to this
county, his demise occurring in Marengo. To him and his wife were born five children. Dr. and Mrs. Coxe have become
the parents of six children: A. J., deceased; R. T., M. E., Bernhard and J. E., all residents of North English;
and Gladys L., who is a graduate of the local high school and is at home.
Dr. Coxe votes for the men whom he thinks best fitted for office. Fraternally he is a member of the Masonic blue
lodge, in which he has filled all of the chairs, and of Troy Chapter, No. 117, R. A. M., in which he has held a
number of offices. His wife is identified with the Methodist Episcopal church and he takes part in movements seeking
the, moral advancement of his community. He owns a comfortable residence in North English and a number of desirable
lots and is prosperous financially. Although he finds time to devote to his friends and public interests his professional
duties demand by far the greater part of his time and he allows nothing to interfere with his work as a physician,
believing that in discharging his professional obligations he best serves the public.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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