|THOMAS ABRAHAM DEAN, M. D.|
Dr. Thomas Abraham Dean, actively engaged in the
practice of medicine at Casper, was born in Posey township, Harrison
county, Indiana, August 28, 1853. His father, Alfred Dean. was a
native of Kentucky but was reared in Harrison county, Indiana, and
engaged in teaching school between the ages of sixteen and sixty-five
years. He also followed the occupation of farming and thus his life
was one of marked activity and usefulness. He married Sally Hiestand,
who was born in Ohio but was reared in Harrison county, Indiana, a
daughter of Abraham Hiestand, who was one of the organizers of the
United Brethren church, in which he became a minister. The
death of Alfred Dean occurred when he was eighty-eight years of age,
while his wife passed away at the age of fifty-seven.
Their son, Dr. Dean, was educated in the district schools of his native county and in preparation for a professional career entered the Louisville Medical College of Louisville, Kentucky, from which he was graduated on the 2d of March, 1893. Prior to taking up the study of medicine he engaged in the drug business for a time and afterward removed to the west, where he carried on a grocery business and was also identified with mining and prospecting in Colorado, Montana, British Columbia and Alaska. He also practiced medicine for four years in Alaska, at which time he had taken one term in a medical school but had not yet graduated. Since completing his course at the Louisville Medical College he has given his attention to professional interests and activities, continuing in the general practice of medicine with good success. Broad reading and earnest study have kept him in touch with the trend of modern thought and progress along the lines of medical practice and he is quick to adopt any new idea which his judgment sanctions as of professional worth. He is a director of the Citizens State Bank of Casper and also a director in three oil companies, having made quite extensive and judicious investments in oil properties which promise substantial returns upon development.
On the 24th of December, 1893, in Springville. Utah, Dr. Dean was united in marriage to Miss Martha F. Ryan, a daughter of Patrick and Marie Ryan, the former division superintendent of the Illinois Central Railroad at Freeport, Illinois, for many years. Her grandmother in the maternal line lived to the notable old age of one hundred and seven years. To Mr. and Mrs. Dean has been born a son. Alfred Ryan, who married Bettie Du Sel.
In politics Dr. Dean is a republican but has not adhered to party lines for a number of years, making it a point to vote for the man rather than the party, especially at local elections. His fellow townsmen, appreciative of his worth and ability, have on several occasions called him to public office. He served for two years as a member of the town council when Casper was a village. He was state health officer for Natrona county from 1911 until the 1st of February, 1918, and throughout the entire time has been registrar of vital statistics for Natrona county and still occupies that position. On the 1st of January, 1918, he was installed as city alderman for a two-year term and is exercising his official prerogatives in support of many well defined plans and measures for the general good. He is also medical examiner on the local board for the draft in Natrona county. In Masonry Dr. Dean is well known. He has taken all of the degrees of the Scottish Rite up to and including the thirty-second and is a member of the Mystic Shrine. He has been worshipful master of the blue lodge and he has also been council commander in the local lodge of the Woodmen of the World. During the long years of his residence in Casper he has become most widely and favorably known, not only because of his professional skill and ability but also owing to his devotion to the general welfare and the personal worth which he has manifested in every relation of life.