biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
J. C. BARRINGER, M. D., of Oskaloosa, was born in Washington County, Ohio, May 29, 1849. He is the son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Cook) Barringer, and his mother died at his birth. The father was a Methodist minister and died in 1872. Dr. Barringer was reared by Charles D. Cook, and received his education through his means at Marietta College. When twenty years of age, J. C. entered the office of Dr. B. F. Culver, late Surgeon of the 148th Ohio Regi- ment, afterward the 8th Ohio. Dr. Culver was a graduate of both Starling Medical College and Bellevue Hospital, N. Y., and was one of the most prominent physicians of his State. Here young Barringer pursued his reading, and while with Dr. Culver attended Starling Medical College, graduating with honors in the class of 1873. He immediately went to Williamsburg, Va., and engaged in the practice of his profession. Dec. 1, 1876, he came to Oskaloosa, commenced practicing medicine, and continued alone in the business until 1880, when he formed a partnership with his brotber-in-law, Dr. J. S. Henderson. In 1880 he received the appointment as Surgeon of the Consolidation Coal Company, by its then Superintendent, H. W. McNeill, which position he still holds, as also that of Surgeon of the Burlington & Western Railway. In 1882 he received an appointment as Surgeon of the Excelsior Coal Company, which position he still fills. In 1884 he received the appointment of Surgeon for the American Coal Company and the Western Union Fuel Company, both of which he resigned on account of his increasing city practice. He has been Secretary of the Mahaska County Medical Society for the past nine years. In the fall of 1879 the Doctor was elected Coroner of Mahaska County, and is now serving his fourth term in that office. He is a member of the Des Moines Valley Medical Society. Previous to coming to Oskaloosa, he was a member of the State and Washington County Medical Societies in Ohio, held the office of Secretary of the latter Society, and in 1876 represented the county in the State Medical Association. The Doctor is a member of the various Masonic bodies of Oskaloosa, and has represented Hiram Chapter in Grand Convocation as its High Priest. He is also a member of the Order of Knights of Pythias. Sept. 1, 1869, he was married to Miss Bera Henderson, a native of Virginia. The Doctor enjoys a large and lucrative practice among our best people, and is counted an able physician and skillful surgeon. What he has accomplished is purely the result of self-denial and hard work, no silvered-spoon fortuity of circumstance having surrounded the early years of his practice in Oskaloosa, and his success in his chosen profession is but another evidence of what a man can accomplish if he will.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy