A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
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EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY,
EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M.
Curator of the
Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc.
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WILLIAM V. THORNBURG is a physician and surgeon now practicing at Guthrie
Center, and has been favorably known both as a man and a doctor in Guthrie
County since early manhood.
He was born in Dallas County, Iowa, November 12, 1879, son of Thomas A.
and Jennie (Vestal) Thornburg. His father was born in Indiana, April 9,
1847, and came to Iowa in 1856. The Thornburgs were pioneers, since
practically all the families that came before the Civil war had to go through the era
of hardships in improving the land and establishing the facilities of
civilization. Thomas A. Thornburg in 1864, when he was seventeen years of age,
enlisted in the Union army and served until the close of the war. He was
numbered among the substantial representatives of the farming industry in
Dallas County for many years, and was elected and served as a state
representative in the General Assembly in the Twenty-second and Twenty-third
Sessions. He died July 1, 1912. His wife was born October 27, 1848, in Indiana,
was bought to Commerce, Iowa, where she was reared, and they were married
October 11, 1871, at Linden, where she still has her home, being now
eighty-two years of age. Their family consisted of five sons and one daughter,
and the three sons now living beside Doctor Thornburg are: Mark G., state
secretary of agriculture at Des Moines; Carroll K., a farmer at Linden; and
Thomas H., a farmer at Dallas Center, Iowa.
William V. Thronburg grew up on a farm, but completed his education in Des
Moines, where he graduated from the Oak Park High School then spent two
years in Highland Park College, and in June, 1905, took his M. D. degree at
the University of Iowa, at Iowa City. Doctor Thronburg in September, 1906,
engaged in private practice at Yale in Guthrie County, and in September,
1928, moved his home and office to Guthrie Center, but still does a large
practice among his former patients around Yale. He is a member of the Guthrie
County, Iowa State and American Medical Associations. Doctor Thornburg is
much interested in Masonry and is district deputy grand lecturer. He
belongs to the Lodge, the Scottish Rite bodies of the Consistory and the Mystic
Shrine. He is a ember of the Lions Club.
Doctor Thornburg married, June 30, 1920, Miss Adele Sonaglia. She was
born at Brazil, South America, was graduated from high school in Hibbing,
Minnesota, and completed the nurses' training course in Saint Joseph's Hospital
at Saint Paul, Minnesota, graduating in 1917. For one year she was an army
nurse at Fort Des Moines Hospital. Doctor and Mrs. Thronburg have one
daughter, Mafalda Jane, born at Yale June 30, 1921, now attending school at
Debbie Clough Gerischer
Iowa History Project
Scott County, Iowa