ITS HISTORY AND TRADITION
P. G. GRIMM
The life of the able physician and public-spirited citizen whose name
appears above affords a striking example of well defined purpose, innate ability
and persistency of effort. Doctor Grimm has long enjoyed prestige in a calling
which requires for its basis sound mentality and intellectual discipline of
a high order, supplemented by rigid professional training and thorough
mastery of technical knowledge and today his is recognized as one of the leading
physicians in northwestern Iowa. Born in Blair, Nebraska, on the 27th of June,
1871, the Doctor is a son of Hans and Elizabeth (Harder) Grimm, both of whom
were natives of Germany, whence they came to the United States in young
manhood and womanhood and were married in DeSoto, Nebraska, in 1869. Soon
afterwards the father acquired a tract of railroad land adjoining the town of
Blair, on which he resided to the time of his death, which occurred in 1919, at
the age of sixty-eight years. He was the owner of a thousand acres of land in
one body, all of which is still in possession of the family.
Having obtained his preliminary education in the public schools of Blair,
graduating from high school in 1889, Peter G. Grimm then entered Rush Medical
College of Chicago and he was graduated with the degree of M. D. in 1893. In
that year he began the practice of medicine at Edgar, Nebraska, where he
remained twenty-two years, attaining prominence as a physician and surgeon, and in 1915 he came to Spirit Lake, where he has remained in practice continuously since. He is a member of the Clay County Medical Society, of which he is president, the Iowa State Medical Society, the American Medical Association and the American Association of Railway Surgeons. He is now serving as coroner of Dickinson county, is city physician of Spirit Lake and local surgeon for the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad.
On June 11, 1903, Doctor Grimm was married to Miss Edith M. Wilson, of Hot
Springs, South Dakota, and to them have been born three children: Wilhelm E.
who is a student in the dental school of Creighton University, at Omaha,
Nebraska; Edith E., who is a student in Northwestern University, at Evanston,
Illinois; and R. sterling. Fraternally Dr. Grimm is a member of Twilight Lodge
No. 329, A. F. & A. M.; Spirit Lake Chapter, No. 132, R. A. M.; Esdraelon
Commandery, No. 52, K. T.; Sioux City Consistory, No. 5, A. A. S. R.; Abu-Bekr
Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S.; and Twilight Chapter, No. 59, O. E. S., of which
Mrs. Grimm is also a member and a past worthy matron, and she is worthy high
priest of Calvary Shrine, No. 18, Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem. In
addition to his long and creditable career in his profession, Doctor Grimm has
also been an honorable member of the body politic, rising in the confidence
and esteem of the public, for as a citizen he has easily ranked with the most
influential in affairs looking toward the betterment of his community.
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