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
JAMES G. MACRAE, M. D., who is engaged in the practice of his profession at
Creston, judicial center of Union County, and who gives major attention to the
surgical branch of his profession, has made a record of successful order not
only in his private practice but also in his service with the medical arm of
the United States army both in the Mexican border troubles and in the World
war, in which latter conflict he was with the American Expeditionary Forces
in France and there gained varied experience that further and distinctively
fortified him for the practice of surgery according to the most approved and
modern scientific methods.
Doctor Macrae was born in the City of Council Bluffs, Iowa, January 25,
1885, and is a son of James and Sarah (Gilbert) Macrae, who now maintain their
home in that city, the father having retired after many years of successful
association with farm industry. James Macrae was born on the Island of Arran,
Scotland, of sterling Scotch ancestry, and his wife was born in Nebraska City,
Nebraska, her parents having been pioneer settlers in that state. Of the
children of Mr. and Mrs. James Macrae the eldest is Mrs. Neil Harris, of
Lewistown, Montana; Dr. James G. is the next younger; and Mrs. Leroy Rood resides
in New York City. The parents are zealous members of the Presbyterian Church
and the father is a Democrat in political alignment.
After completing his studies in the Council Bluffs High School Dr. James G.
Macrae continued his academic education by attending the University of
Nebraska, and in preparation for his chosen profession he availed himself of the
advantages of the medical department of Washington University in the city of
Saint Louis, Missouri. In that institution he was graduated as a member of the
class of 1910, and after thus receiving his degree of Doctor of Medicine he
served as an interne in the hospital of his present home city of Creston,
after which he here engaged in the general practice of his profession. In
connection with the activities on the Mexican border the Doctor was there in
service with the hospital corps of the First Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and after a
service of nine months he resumed his private practice at Creston. Soon
after the nation entered the World war, in 1917, Doctor Macrae was again called
into service, as a member of the Medical Corps of the United States army, and
his overseas service was as surgeon of the One Hundred Twenty-seventh Field
Artillery. He was in France on active duty one year, had commission as
captain and later was advanced to the rank of major in the Medical Corps. he
received his honorable discharge in January, 1919, and in his substantial and
representative private practice at Creston he has since specialized in surgery.
He has membership in the Union County Medical Society, the District Medical
Society, the Iowa State Medical Society and the American Medical Association.
he has affiliation with both York and Scottish Rite bodies of the Masonic
fraternity, as well as the Mystic Shrine, and is a member of the Benevolent and
Protective Order of Elks, the while his World war associations are
perpetuated in his affiliation with the American Eight. He was reared in the faith of
the Presbyterian Church, and his wife is a communicant of the Catholic Church.
In 1919 was solemnized the marriage of Doctor Macrae to Miss Josephine
Hopkins, who was born in Council Bluffs but reared and educated at Creston, she
being a daughter of Bierce Hopkins. Doctor and Mrs. Macrae have no children.
They are popular factors in the social and cultural activities of their home
Debbie Clough Gerischer
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