Biography - C. R. Walser

C. R. WALSER, D. D. S. The dental surgeons of Union county are represented by as fine a body of men as can be gathered anywhere in the country. They have taken the present exhaustive course which has reduced the care, preservation and restoration of the teeth, and the treatment of the various disorders attendant upon them, to an exact science. The dentist of today is a man thoroughly trained under the supervision of experts, and after the exacting course of study has been taken, he must keep abreast by reading and attending lectures of all discoveries and improvements of his profession. One of the leading exponents of dentistry in Union county is Dr. C. R. Walser, the oldest practitioner in point of continued practice in the city of Anna.

Dr. Walser was born and reared in Edwards county, Illinois, and his youth was spent on his father's farm, in the vicinity of which he attended the district schools. Subsequently he secured a teacher's license and for the .next five years was engaged in teaching school, during which time he attended the Southern Illinois Normal University at Carbondale. He first took up the study of dentistry in the Central University of Kentucky, at Louisville, where he took a course of three years and graduated in 1897, and this was later supplemented, in 1903, by a course of post-graduate work in the Chicago Dental College. After his graduation from the Kentucky school, Dr. Walser settled in Anna, and now has not only the largest but the best practice in this city and many of his patients come from all over Union and the surrounding counties. His suite of offices is splendidly equipped with all the appliances known to dental science, and he is thoroughly proficient, some of his work having been really remarkable and attracted much interest in his profession. He is president of the Jefferson Union and County Dental Societies, and his fraternal connections are with the Masons, the Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen of America. Dr. Webster has taken an active part in public matters, and his record as a member of the school board shows that he has been a faithful official who carefully guarded the interests of the educational institutions of his community. His belief in the future of Anna has been made manifest by the purchase of a number of pieces of real estate in the city.

Dr. Walser was married in 1902, at Jonesboro, Illinois, to Miss Delia Kiest. who came from northern Illinois, took a course in music and was educated at Chicago and Dixon, Illinois. Five children have been born to this union, namely: Delford Roy, Clayton Kiest and Edith Mildred, all of whom are attending school; and Elsie Winifred and Morris Franklin, at home. Dr. Walser is a trustee of the Lutheran church, of which his wife is a consistent member. Both are very popular socially and in their church connections. Dr. Walser is an excellent dentist, conscientious, skilled and progressive, and from the very first practice has prospered. He has the full confidence of his city, not only as a professional man, but as a good citizen and a pleasant, genial companion.

Extracted 16 Jan 2018 by Norma Hass from 1912 A History of Southern Illinois, volume 2, pages 763-764.

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