from Past and Present of Mahaska County, Iowa by Manoah Hedge The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co. 1906
Past and Present of Mahaska Co.,Iowa by Manoah Hedge(Dr. Clarence Watland) - CLARENCE WATLAND, D. D. S., b. 10Aug1881 Dr. Clarence Watland, who is engaged in the practice of dentistry in New Sharon with a well equipped office that indicates thorough understanding of the most modern methods known to the science, was born in Prairie township, Mahaska county, on the 10th of August, 1881. His father, Ole Watland, was a native of Norway, born in 1828, and when a young man he came to America in company with Goodman Watland. He first settled in Illinois near Leland and in the early `60s came to Mahaska county. He was married in Oskaloosa to Miss Bertha Strom, who was born in Norway, July 12, 1840, and came to America with her widowed mother, living for a time in Oskaloosa. Mr. and Mrs. Watland remained for a brief period in the county seat and then removed to a farm in Prairie township where Mr. Watland gave his attention to general agricultural pursuits up to the time of his death in 1892. He first purchased eighty acres of unimproved land, which he at once cleared and cultivated, transforming the tract into productive fields, from which he gathered good harvests. His sale of his crops enabled him to add to his farm from time to time and at his death he was the owner of a valuable property of two hundred acres. His political allegiance was given to the republican party, but he never held nor desired office, preferring to give his undivided attention to his farming interests. He held membership with the Society of Friends, or Quakers, to which Mrs. Watland, who yet resides in New Sharon, also belongs. In their family were seven children: Amelia, the wife of Samuel Sawyer; a resident of Leland, Illinois; Gideon, a grain dealer of Iowa, who has recently sold his business and is now spending the winter in California; Henry, who was the owner of eighty acres of the old homestead but has sold the property, and is now living in New Sharon; Tena, the wife of Albert Rinden living on a farm near Oskaloosa; Albert, a dentist of Albert Lea, Minnesota, who is a graduate of the New Sharon high school, and spent two years at Penn College at Oskaloosa, after which he won his diploma from the Chicago College of Dentistry; Ole. at home; and Clarence of this review. In taking up the personal history of Dr. Watland we present to our readers the life record of one who is widely and favorably known in New Sharon and Mahaska county, for his entire life has been passed here and those with whom he has been acquainted from his boyhood days know that his has been a creditable record. He was graduated from the high school at New Sharon in 1900, and afterward spent four years at Iowa City, devoting two years to a collegiate course and two years to the study of dentistry. He later spent one year in the dental department of the University of Pennsylvania, at Philadelphia, and received his diploma from that institution on the 14th of June, 1905, Immediately afterward he opened his office in New Sharon, and although less than a year has gone by, he has built up a very gratifying patronage, having a well equipped office on the second floor of the Sherman block over the Citizens Bank. He is thoroughly familiar with the most modern methods of dentistry and added to his theoretical knowledge is a mechanical skill and ingenuity without which the dentist is never truly successful. He makes his home with his mother and sister. He is a birthright Quaker and his political views are in accord with the principles of the republican party. Among a large circle of friends and acquaintances here he is popular and his social qualities combined with his professional skill will undoubtedly bring him constantly growing success in his chosen profession.
Past and Present of Mahaska County, Iowa
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