biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
ARTHUR HENRY COWLES, M. D., of New Sharon, was born in Pella, Marion Co., Iowa, July 3, 1859. His father, Edward C. Cowles, was a native of Delaware, Ohio. He was trained to a mercantile life, and was engaged in business for many years in his native town. But reverses came and he went to California to regain his losses, and in this particular was successful. On his return from California in 1857, he came to Iowa, and settled at Pella, becoming one of the pioneer merchants of that place, and for years carried on one of the largest mercantile establishments of that city, and controlled a large and profitable trade. He became tired of bachelor life, and in 1858 was united in marriage with Catherine Snyder, who was born in Indiana in 1837. By this union there were two sons-Arthur H. and Edward James. Mr. Cowles died Dec. 6, 1861, soon after which his widow removed to Oskaloosa, and there reared her two sons. In 1881 she was united in marriage with J. M. Woods, and has since resided in New Sharon. The early life, of Dr. Cowles was spent in attending the public schools at Oskaloosa, supplemented by a term of two years at Penn College. In 1878 he began the study of medicine, with Dr. J. L. Coffin as Preceptor, and continued with him for two years. In, 1880 he entered the homeopathic department of the State University at Iowa City, and one year later the Hahnemann Medical College in Chicago, from which institution he graduated in 1882, and immediately afterward located at New Sharon. When he located at New Sharon the homeopathic practice was in bad repute, there having never been a graduate of that school of medicine in the place, but Dr. Cowles soon overcame the prejudice, gained the confidence of the people, and is now enjoying a good practice. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, also of the Iowa Hahnemann Association.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy