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J. W. Hightree was born in Trumbull County, Ohio, June 22, 1825. His father, Peter Hightree, was born in Vermont, and his mother, Roxina Hightree, in New York, but were early settlers in Ohio. The parents each -died in the eighty-ninth year of their age. Our subject was educated for his profession at the Western Reserve College, and at twenty-one years of age began the practice of medicine in Trumbull County, Ohio.
On July .12th, 1846, he married Miss Eliza C. Canfield, a native of Trumbull County, born June 27, 1827. Her father was born in Rochester, New York, and her mother was a native of Massachusetts. Her father died at the age of fifty-five years, and her mother in the seventy-third year of her age. About three years after his marriage he moved to Lee County, Iowa, and followed his profession four years, then, on January 12th, 1857, located upon the farm lie now occupies, one-half mile east of Civil Bend. Ever since then he has been actively engaged in the practice of medicine and has been very successful. He worked by the month to get means to educate himself for his profession, and is in all respects a self-made man. He not only has an extensive practice, but is the owner of a beautiful and well improved farm of 120 acres. Eight children have been born to them, six now living; viz., Charles L., now living in Marion County, Iowa; Eveline J., wife of J. Hastings; John W., in Colorado; Eliza 0., wife of J. W. Bristow; W. W. and W. H., both at home. Two died in infancy. There are also two grand children, members of the family-John H. Hightree, born April 5, 1872, and Isabel E. Stark, born November 23, 1872. The doctor and his excellent family enjoy the respect and esteem of all with whom they are acquainted.