NCIGS

July 8, 2017 1:30 pm

Clear Lake Public Library - 200 North 4th St. - Clear Lake, Iowa



DR. HELENA PRAMER, MEDICINE WOMAN
MASON CITY’S FIRST FEMALE PHYSICIAN

Dr. Pramer was born in Orleans County, New York in 1833. She married her husband, David Pramer in 1853. During the Civil War, David and Helena served in Wisconsin’s 13th Infantry Regiment. While David fought with his regiment, Helena, as a member of the 13th, served as a Matron. Her responsibilities in the military included being a physician’s assistant, a nurse and a hospital adminis-trator.

After David’s death in 1868, Helena received her license as a physician, treating mainly women and children. Dr. Pramer practiced medicine from 1875 to 1900. Her first practice, opened in 1875 in Mason City, makes Dr. Pramer Mason City’s first female doctor. In 1893 she decided to live nearer her family and moved to Council Bluffs, practicing medicine there until 1894. When her son and his fami-ly moved to Texas in 1895, Helena followed, setting up a new practice.

In 1897, Helena returned to Mason City where she practiced until her retirement in 1900. Upon retirement, Helena moved to the Soldier’s Home in Marshalltown, Iowa, where she died at age 73 in 1906.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Program Schedule

  Date Program Provider Program
  January 14   Adoption Records Access
  February  11   Use of Church-related Records (Various  Denominations)
  March  11   Civil Conservation Corp Records
  April  8   Family History/Genealogy Round Table Sharing 
  May 13   Use of Plat Books in Genealogy
June 10 CENSUS RECORDS SEARCHING TIPS
  July 8   Helena D. Pramer.  The 'real' First Female Doctor within Mason City, IA
  August 12    
  September 9    
  October 14    
  November 11   Annual Meeting/ Election of Officers 
  December  Merry Christmas   A time to celebrate Christmas with family - No Meeting 

Meetings start at 1:30 with program following