from Past and Present of Mahaska County, Iowa by Manoah Hedge The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co. 1906
Dr. Foster F. Parker, engaged in the practice of veterinary surgery in Oskaloosa, is a native of Cedar county, Iowa, born February 22, 1875. His parents are D. L. and Elizabeth (Orr) Parker, the former a native of Ohio and the latter of Pennsylvania. They spent their married life in Iowa, having come to this state when young. The father followed the occupation of farming in Carroll county for a number of years and in 1894 took up his abode in Ames, Iowa, whence he came to Oskaloosa in 1905, and he and his wife are esteemed residents of this city. In their family were two children, Foster F. and Jessie. Foster F. Parker spent his boyhood days on the home farm and early developed a fondness for animals, particularly horses, being always a lover of fine, high grade stock. His education was begun in the public schools of Carroll county and he afterward attended the high school at Wallake, Iowa, where his parents resided for a time. He was graduated from that institution in the class of 1894 and subsequently entered the Iowa State College, at Ames, where he remained for some years, pursuing a scientific course and later a course in veterinary surgery, being graduated with the degree of D. V. M. in 1900. He began practice the following year at Belle Plaine, Iowa, and in the fall of 1901 came to Oskaloosa, where he has since remained, enjoying a high reputation here for his efficiency in the line of his chosen profession. He has established a general hospital for the treatment of horses and other animals and in its conduct is meeting with success. He is certainly well equipped by nature and training for the profession and in the work is meeting with a large patronage. While in college he was greatly interested in amateur athletics and was later a coach for the Penn College football team for a period of three years. Dr. Parker is a member of the Elks lodge and of the Knights of Pythias fraternity, while politically he is a republican although not active in the work of the party. On the 1st of January, 1897, he was married to Miss Alice Myers, a daughter of John Myers, of Ames, Iowa, and their children are Joyce R., Guerden D. and Eldon Parker.
Past and Present of Mahaska County, Iowa
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