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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
A. FRED WATTS, physician and surgeon at Creston, was born in Western
Kansas, but his people for two generations lived in Iowa and were pioneers in
His grandfather, John Watts, was a native of Iowa and was a soldier in the
Union army during the Civil war. He was one of the first members of the
school board in his section of Mahaska County. Doctor Watts' maternal
grandfather was John Miller, who died during the Civil war. Morris W. Watts,
the father of A. Fred Watts, was born in Mahaska County, Iowa, and married at
Barnes City, this state, Miss Anna M. Miller, a native of Frankfort,
Indiana. From Iowa they went to Western Kansas and are still living, at
Payette, Idaho. Morris Watts has been a farmer all his life. He is a Democrat in
politics and a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. There were
seven children in the family: Walter, of Payette, Idaho; Cora, wife of A.
W. Christian, a farmer; A. Fred; Myra, wife of Albert Cloward, a fruit
farmer; Bessie and Katie, both widows; and Lizzie, wife of Albert Harland, a
A. Fred Watts was born at Norton, Kansas, December 28, 1884, and had some
of his early schooling there in country districts. He attended high school
at Payette, Idaho, and returned east for his liberal and professional
training. He was a student at Drake University at Des Moines and in 1916
graduated in medicine from the University of Iowa. Doctor Watts for two and a
half years was an interne in the children's department of the University of
Iowa Hospital. During the World war he went to the Medical Officers
Training School at Fort Riley, Kansas, and was retained at the Base Hospital
until the latter part of August, 1918, serving with the rank of first
Doctor Watts in January, 1920, entered upon his work in private practice
at Creston. He has a general practice, and is increasingly well known for
his abilities as a children's physician. He is a member of the Union
County, Iowa State and American Medical Associations and belongs to the Phi Rho
Sigma college fraternity. He is also a member of the Masonic fraternity,
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the American Legion, and the Creston Golf
Doctor Watts married in February, 1922, Clara B. Gibler, who was born near
Cincinnati, Ohio, and attended school there and finished her high school
work at Red Oak, Iowa. She completed her nurses training course in the
Mercy Hospital at Creston. They have one daughter, Elizabeth Anne Watts, born
January 9, 1923.
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