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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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P. W. Flickinger, M. D. V.

Dr. P. W. Flickinger, who is filling the office of assistant state veterinarian and makes his home in Greenfield, was born in Wellington, Lorain county, Ohio, on the 19th of May, 1882, a son of Joseph M. and Climena J. (Whitney) Flickinger, who were likewise natives of the Buckeye state, where they were reared and married.  The father was a stonemason and carpenter by trade and for a quarter of a century was employed in the shops of the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway at Cleveland, residing during that time in Oberlin, Ohio, where he retained his residence in order that he might educate his children there.  In 1886 he came to Iowa, establishing his home in Sioux, but a little later returned to Ohio, settling on a farm near Camden.  Two years later he again removed to Oberlin, where he resided for twelve or fourteen years.  On the expiration of that period he went to Wellington, Ohio, where his death occurred on the 30th of November, 1907, at which time he lacked but one month of reaching his sixty-second year.  His widow afterward became the wife of John E. West and now resides in Wellington.

Dr. Flickinger, whose name introduces this review, was educated in the public schools of Oberlin and in October, 1903, entered the McKillup Veterinary College of Chicago, from which he was graduated on the 22d of March, 1906.  In 1901, prior to the time when he entered upon preparation for his chosen profession, he made a journey from Ohio to Wisconsin by covered wagon, his uncle, George Whitney, owning land there.  Dr. Flickinger spent the following winter in the lumber woods of that state and in the succeeding spring continued his westward journey to Iowa.  He then took up his abode in Greenfield and worked as a farm hand in the neighborhood until 1903 when he entered upon preparation for the practice of veterinary surgery.  After his graduation at Chicago he returned to Greenfield and opened an office.  In the intervening period of nine years to the present he has built up an extensive practice which now makes heavy demands upon his time.  On the 19th of April, 1912, he was appointed assistant state veterinarian for a term of three years and on the expiration of this term he was reappointed to the office for another three years term, his broad knowledge and practical experience will qualifying him for the duties that devolve upon him as a public official.  He is well known among the veterinarians of the state and his marked ability has gained him professional prominence.

On the 2d of November, 1910, Dr. Flickinger was married to Miss Catherine E. Homeyer, of Greenfield, and to them has been born a son, Charles Raymond.  Mrs. Flickinger is a member of the Catholic church.  Dr. Flickinger is a republican in his political views, while fraternally he is connected with the Modern Woodmen of America and the Woodmen of the World.  He is conscientious in all that he does, whether in private practice or as a public official, and the record which he has made has won him high regard.



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