A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN
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.
Chicago and New York
HARRY C. PAYNE, physician and surgeon at Pella, has lived practically all
his life in Iowa, the only extended period of residence outside of the state
having been three years in Canada.
He was born at Beacon in Mahaska County, September 7, 1871, son of Robert C.
and Mary Ann (Evans) Payne. Robert C. Payne was born in Pennsylvania, and
came to Iowa soon after the close of the Civil war, settling later in Monroe
County. He was a Pennsylvania soldier in the Union army, serving four years
and three months. He had four brothers in the Civil war: John J. and
Salathiel, both deceased; George, who died on the field of battle; and Edward, who
is still living at Pella. David Payne, a brother of Dr. Harry C. Payne, was a
soldier in the Spanish-American war and for three years was in the regular
army service in the Philippines, and during the World war period enlisted for
service with the Canadian stoops.
Dr. Harry C. Payne graduated from the Albia High School in 1890, continued
his education in the University of Iowa, and in 1897 was graduated from the
Keokuk Medical College. He has spent more than thirty years in active
practice, and is regarded as one of the men of highest attainments in his profession.
He is a member of the Marion County, Des Moines Valley, Iowa State and
American Medical Associations, the Des Moines Academy of Medicine and the
American College of Physical Therapy.
Doctor Payne married at Keokuk in December, 1898, Miss Lillian C. French,
daughter of Frank A. and Eunice E. (Gray) French. She is of English,
Scotch-Irish and French ancestry, and of Revolutionary stock. her family has many
interesting connections with American history and with Iowa. Her grandfather,
John B. Gray, came from Burlington, Vermont, to the Middle West in 1834 and
located on the west side of the Mississippi River, later, in Eddyville, on land
that was not yet opened for settlement, still being occupied by Indians who
acknowledged allegiance to the great Sax chieftain. Black Hawk. It was in
honor of his home town in Vermont that he named his first place of settlement
Burlington, now one of Iowa's most prominent cities. Mrs. Payne's
great-great-grandfather Gray lost his life while a soldier in the War of the
Revolution. Her father enlisted at Eddyville, Iowa, and was in the hospital service of
the Union army for over three years in the Civil war. Mrs. Payne is a
member of the Pella Woman's Club, the P. E. O. and Eastern Star.
Dr. and Mrs. Payne had three children: Leah Ruth, who died in January, 1915;
Lillian Mary, a teacher in the schools of Fredericksburg, Iowa; and Dorothy
Eunice, a junior in the Pella High School. Doctor Payne has been a loyal and
public spirited citizen as well as a capable doctor. He served on the first
elected Board of Trustees for the public library. He is a Scottish Rite
Mason, member of the Knights of Pythias, Independent Order of Odd Fellows and
the Chamber of Commerce.
Debbie Clough Gerischer
Iowa History Project
Scott County, Iowa
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