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VERNON L. TREYNOR, specialist in internal medicine, is one of the men who
have constituted such a successful and important organization as the Council
Bluff's Clinic. Doctor Treynor has been a prominent physician at Council
Bluffs for over thirty-five years.
He was born in that city September 28, 1866. His people were among the
earliest pioneers of Southwestern Iowa, crossing the states in wagons from
the Mississippi River long before the advent of railroads. Doctor Treynor
himself was born about the time Council Bluffs became prominent as a railroad
center. He is a son of Thomas P. and Mary E. (Smith) Treynor. His father
was born in England, son of a British army officer who lost his life while
serving in India. Thomas P. Treynor was left dependent on his own
resources, came to America at the age of seventeen, and went through many hard
experiences in getting established. He lived in Northern Ohio for some years,
educated himself, and was always a constant leader and had a wide knowledge
of many subjects. After coming to Iowa in 1853 he was engaged in the
newspaper business for several years and was postmaster of Council Bluffs for
eight years. Later he bought a farm and lived on it until his death. He was
city recorder at one time and during the Civil war was draft officer for
the Government. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
His wife, Mary E. Smith, was born in Northern Ohio, daughter of Sylvester
Smith, who came out to Iowa in 1853. He was a man of considerable fortune
when he came to Iowa and bought property which enabled him to live retired.
Dr. Vernon L. Treynor attended school in Council Bluffs, and graduated
from the medical department of the University of Iowa in 1891. He began
practice in Council Bluffs the same year, and his increasing experience has
identified him more and more with work as a specialist in internal medicine.
He married in 1891, the year he graduated from medical college, Miss Susan
C. Clark, who was born in Iowa City and grew up there. her father, George
Clark, was a prominent attorney, and served as an officer in the Union
army. Her uncle, Rush Clark, was an Iowa congressman for many years, and
another uncle was George Boal, a noted railroad attorney who for a number of
years was at Denver, as attorney for the Denver & Rio Grande Railway. Doctor
and Mrs. Treynor have two children. Their son Thomas P. spent six years in
the University of Iowa in the College of Liberal Arts and Medical School,
received his hospital training in the Harper Hospital at Detroit, and is
now practicing at Big Rapids, Michigan. For two years he was in the army,
most of the time in the Army Medical School at Washington, working in the
X-Ray department, and was promoted from private to sergeant, and was refused
permission to go overseas. The second son, Jack Bernon, attended high
school at Council Bluffs, also spent six years in the University of Iowa and
three years in special training in New York hospitals, and is now practicing at
Dr. Vernon L. Treynor was for six years professor of physiology in the
Omaha Medical College. He served six years on the board of regents of the
University of Iowa. Mrs. Treynor is a member of the Presbyterian Church, and
he is a Royal Arch Mason, and a member of Lodge No. 531, B. P. O. Elks.
Doctor Treynor for eleven years was secretary, is a past president and is now
a trustee of the Iowa State Medical Association.
He belongs to the Pottawattamie County Medical Society, the Council
Bluffs, Southwestern Iowa, Missouri Valley and American Medical Associations,
and has attended many conventions of his fellow workers in medicine and
surgery and has contributed a number of papers giving the results of his
researches and observations. Doctor Treynor is a Republican in politics.
Debbie Clough Gerischer
Iowa History Project
Scott County, Iowa