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WIELAND, Frank. (Grau Bunden, Switzerland, Mar. 10, 1856--Oct. 27, 1924). The son of Rudolph and Marie (Truden) Wieland, Frank was brought by them to America and Dubuque County in 1863. They remained four years, and then moved to Grant County, Wisconsin, where the father purchased a farm.

At the age of fourteen, Frank left home and started out in life for himself. He worked as a farm hand during the summer months and attended the district schools during winter, paying for his board by doing chores. After obtaining a common-school education, he taught school for several winters and continued working as a farm hand during summers.

He decided to take up the study and practice of medicine and entered the office of Dr. W. L. Duffin, a physician in Guttenberg, Iowa. One year later he went to Chicago and entered Rush Medical College, from which institution he graduated in 1888 with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. For one year following this he practiced successfully near Oshkosh, Wisconsin, but then came to Dubuque.

He was a member of the Dubuque County Medical Society, of which he is an ex-president, and was examining physician of the United States Pension Board. In 1892 began three years of service as the city physician. In 1894 he was second vice-president of the Iowa Public Health Association. Wieland also served as a member of the local Board of Health. (1)



1. Portrait and Biographical Record of Dubuque, Jones and Clayton Counties, Iowa. Chicago: Chapman Publishing Company, 1894, p. 122

Oldt, Franklin. History of Dubuque County, Iowa. Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1880, p. 678-679