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Below is a family biography included in History of Page County, Iowa published by Iowa Historical Company in 1880.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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COKENOWER, H. L., physician and surgeon, P. O. Clarinda; born September 23, 1854, in Shelby county, Illinois. There he grew to manhood on a farm, receiving his education in the common school, Shelbyville college and the Westfield University from which he graduated in 1869. He at once began to read medicine with Drs. Harnett & Catherwood, at Shelbyville, Illinois. In 1874 he graduated at Keokuk Medical College, after which he attended the medical college of Michigan University at Ann Arbor, from which he graduated with honor, in 1875. He thus received a most thorough medical training. Until December, 1879, he practiced in Pleasant Plains, near Springfield, Illinois, remaining until December, 1879, when he came to Clarinda and began a practice which has grown to be second to none in the county. He came here an entire stranger, but his personal worth at once brought him custom. His portrait which appears in this volume, shows him to be a gentleman of strong will and energy, capable of successes that would be well-nigh impossible to the mass of men. He is a finished scholar and genial gentleman, eminently worthy of the patronage with which he has been so liberally received. He was married February 13, 1880 to Miss Clara M. Hamilton, a native of Illinois, born August 18, 1860.

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This family biography is one of 558 biographies included in The History of Page County, Iowa published in 1880.  For the complete description, click here: Page County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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