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Dr William Henry Duden

  • Birth 13 Mar 1830 Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 20 Aug 1919 Allerton, Wayne County, Iowa, USA
  • Burial Allerton, Wayne County, Iowa, USA
  • Plot 2-13-11
  • Memorial ID 58768971

Allerton News
August 28, 1919

Doctor William Henry Duden

Doctor William Henry Duden was born in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, March 13, 1830 and passed away at his residence in Allerton, Iowa, Aug 20, 1919 at the age of 89 years, 5 months and 7 days. As the calendar counts the years we say Doctor Duden lived to a ripe old age. That the days of his years numbered more than the allotted three score years and ten, and that he came to his grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn in his season. All of which is true, but which is not all the truth. His life of sincere and untiring service as a physician has left behind an influence that the calendar cannot measure. It may be said of his that he lived many years in one.
In the early years of his life and profession as a physician his practice was very large and very successful. No calls for his services were ever denied no matter how muddy the roads, or how drifted with snow, or how stormy the weather. It may be truly said that he rode hundreds of miles on horseback to minister to the sick many times shoveling his own way through. No matter what the prospect for fees, whether promising or doubtful, he never inquired nor cared, but gave his service to humanity, regarding as his prime reward the health and happiness of humanity. His account books are an evidence of this fact.
In the practice of medicine he was sincere and thorough, giving to each case his personal and undivided attention, study, and research. It may be said of him that he went about doing good and healing the sick.
At the age of 4 years, he with his parents moved from Huntingdon County Pa. to Licking County, Ohio. In 1852 he was united in Marriage to Miss Mary L. Bigelow. To this union nine children were born, two of them preceding their father in death, one daughter dying in infancy, and the other, Mrs. Flora R Cummings having died two years ago.
Seven children survive their father to cherish the memory of a loving and devoted parent. The living children are, Miss Lenora Duden, George Duden, Miss Dulana Duden, Mrs. Althea Wakefield of British Columbia, Charles W. Duden of Clio Iowa, Estus Duden and Alpheus B. Duden. The wife and mother of this family passed into the Great Beyond the 8th of Sept. 1894, the first to break the link in the family ties.
In 1854, Doctor Duden moved from Ohio to Iowa locating in Monroe County, and in 1857 he came to Wayne County locating in Clinton township, and in 1885, he moved with his family to Allerton, Iowa where he resided to the day of his death.
Mrs. Duden came from a family of physicians and Doctor Duden acquired his inspiration and inclination for his profession from the associations with his wife's family. He practiced medicine since 1862 in the days when license was not required by law to practice medicine. But believing in the best preparation for the best kind of service, and in the best possible equipment for the great profession he felt called to serve, he entered the New York Homeopathic College from which institution he graduated in 1870. In the theory and practice of medicine he was liberal and practical, thorough and consistent and successful to a high degree.
Doctor Duden came from a family of nine children of whom survive him, two brothers, Fletcher Duden, and Lou David Duden of Springfield Missouri.
Doctor and Mrs. Duden were both members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The evening before he died he would sing the old hymns of faith such as ‘Jesus Lover of my Soul' and ‘Jesus Loves Me, This I Know'. In the eventide of his life he looked to the Great Physician for his comfort and consolation.
So, sleep, though aged, weary pilgrim, in thy blissful slumbers rest; with the closing of they eyelids thou hast been supremely blest. Though the road was dark and lonely, Christ, thy light illumined the way; through the night so long and rayless, there had beamed a brighter day. Aches and pains are all forgotten in the balm the Lord supplies, and thy youth thou art renewing in the realms of Paradise. Sleep, then, thou weary, aged pilgrim, where no sounds disturb thy rest, whilst thy soul is joy-basking in the sunshine of the blest.
The funeral services were held at the home Thursday afternoon Aug. 21st, at 3:30 o'clock. H.D. Glassburn, pastor of the Methodist church officiating. Mrs. Clara Wilkinson and Grace Robinson sang, ‘Jesus Lover of My Soul' ‘Rock of Ages' and ‘Guide Me, O, Thou Great Jehovah'. Interment in the Allerton Cemetery.

Card of Thanks
The family desires to express their thanks for the many acts of kindness, and the beautiful flowers, at the death of their beloved father.


Transcribed from The Biographical and Historical Record of Wayne and Appanoose Counties Iowa

Originally published 1886, Inter-State Publishing Company, Chicago, IL

W. H. DUDEN, M. D., homeopathic physician and surgeon, has been a resident of Iowa since 1854, coming to Wayne County in 1857, and is the only physician of his school in the county. He was born in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, March 13, 1830. When four years of age his parents moved to Licking County, Ohio. His father, David Duden, died at the age of seventy-two years, and his mother, in 1885, aged seventy-five years. He was married in 1852 to Mary L. Bigelow, a daughter of Dr. Alpheus Bigelow, of Galena, Delaware County, Ohio. In 1854 Dr. Duden came to Monroe County, Iowa. In 1857 he removed to Wayne County, and settled on a farm in Clinton Township, where he lived until the spring of 1885, when he moved to Allerton. He graduated from the New York Homeopathic College in 1870. He has been practicing medicine since 1862 and is one of the oldest physicians in the county. He is very liberal in his theory and practice, and is very successful in his treatment of disease. Dr. Duden and his wife have a family of eight living children -- Flora, Lenora, George E., Dulana, Althea, Alpheus B., Charles W, and Estus G. One child died in infancy. In politics Dr. Duden is a Republican. His farm which he settled on in 1857 he still owns, and it is one of the best stock farms in the county, with fine house and barn, and fruit of all kinds. His father's family consisted of eight sons and one daughter, all of whom are living, and February 6 and 7, 1886, there was a reunion of the family at the home of D. S. Duden, in Clinton Missouri, thirty-four years having elapsed since they last were all together.


Civil War Veteran
Co B 3rd Battalion
Iowa Southern Border Brigade
Duden, W. H. Residence Clio,Ia. Nativity Pennsylvania. Enlisted Sept. 27, 1862.
Discharged Apr 1863.
Inseparably connected with the history of the operations of the Iowa troops who were never mustered into the service of the United States, but who performed service of inestimable value on the southern border of the State, is the record of those companies composed of men whose homes were constantly in danger in the early days of the War of the Rebellion. Living as they did in the counties bordering upon the State of Missouri, they were compelled to organized for self protection. Rumors -- which proved to be well founded -- that armed bodies of citizens of the slave holding State of Missouri were being formed for the
purpose of invading the State of Iowa, kept the nhabitants of those border counties in a constant state of excitement and apprehension. Under the direction and command of Lieutenant Colonel John Edwards, Aid-de-Camp to Governor
Kirkwood, the various companies, which had been hastily organized were concentrated into camps, and were held in readiness to move promptly across the border, and to resist any attempt of the rebel forces to invade the State of Iowa and plunder the homes of her citizens. The prompt and determined action thus taken undoubtedly saved the people of that part of the State from the horrors of invasion.

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