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
ROBERT L. FEIGHTNER, M. D. A beneficent medical institution located at Fort
Madison, Iowa, and conducted as the Santa Fe Railroad Hospital, is widely
know through this section of the state and adjoining ones because of the
excellence of its management, the skill and ability of its physicians and surgeons
and the scientific treatment accorded to every patient. Thoroughly qualified
and experienced, Dr. Robert L. Feightner came to the Santa Fe Hospital as
assistant surgeon in charge, and continued there until October 1, 1929, when he
engaged in private practice, specializing in surgery and radiology. Early in
the World war he offered his serviced to the Government for active duty at
the front, but he was not called into the military department because of his
usefulness at home. However, his patriotism was recognized and in November,
1918, he received a commission as an officer in the United States Medical
Reserve Corps. Doctor Reightner is a member of the Lee County Medical Society, the Iowa State Medical Society and the American Medical Association, and he also belongs to the Railway Surgeons Association and formerly was president of the Southeastern Iowa Medical Association.
Doctor Feightner was born at Greensburg, Pennsylvania, May 17, 1894, a son of Robert J. Feightner, a native of Pennsylvania. After he had completed the work in the common schools Robert J. Feightner decided upon a business
career, and after some experience along different lines, settled down to his present undertaking, that of the manufacture of brass valves at Greensburg, in which he has continued for over thirty years, and built up wide and valuable connections which have resulted in his becoming a man of means and prominence. He married Miss Annie Ulery, a native of Pennsylvania. Two children have been born to them, namely: Doctor Feightner, who is the elder; and Curtiss U., who is a resident of Greensburg, where the parents also reside.
Doctor Feightner attended the common schools of Greensburg, and later high
school, and was graduated from the latter in 1913. Not only was he on the
rifle team, but he had the honor of being on the class day program. While in
high school he worked, during the first two years as stenographer for the Kelly
& Jones Brass Works, and in this way helped to pay his way through school.
From earliest boyhood he had cherished the ambition of becoming a doctor, and,
therefore, after graduation from high school he entered the Chicago College
of Medicine and Surgery, from which he was graduated in 1917, after
completing his four-year course, with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. While in
college he served as night clerk and performed other similar duties in the
Chicago Lying-In Hospital and Dispensary. He made Phi Chi, and was presiding
senior on that fraternity, and was one of the most popular men of his class. In
1917 he came to the Santa Fe Hospital. He is a thirty-second degree Scottish
Rite Mason, a Knight Templar, and Shriner and an Elk. The Presbyterian Church
holds his membership.
Doctor Feightner married Miss Fern F. Kern, of Fort Madison, June 10, 1919.
They have two children: Jack Beverly, who was born August 29, 1922; and
Dorothy Lorraine, who was born March 14, 1920. An earnest, conscientious and
highly-skilled practitioner, Doctor Feightner is finding in his present connection ample opportunity for work of a high character, and at the same time he does not neglect his duties as a citizen, but gives his support to all worth-while movements, particularly those dealing with educational matters.
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