IRA CONDIT FEATHER, deceased surgeon, Seventy-second New York
Volunteer Infantry, eldest son of John and Phoebe Feather,
was born in Perry Township on August 7, 1829. His grandfather was one of the
earliest settlers and pioneers of Ohio and Pennsylvania. His mother was a
descendant of John Condit, master and warden of the
mint in England during the time of Sir Isaac Newton, and important in the
history of the colonies since 1678, and rich in lore of education and
distinguished men of unassuming worth. Both sides of the house were patriotic
defenders of freedom during the War of 1776, and, ever true to the cause of
humanity and freedom, were not wanting in the dark days of internicine war,
Ever a deep, diligent and
thoughtful student, Ira C. Feather made the best
possible use of early educational means—first with a view of the ministry in
the Presbyterian Church, but afterward studied and practiced medicine under the
instructions of Dr. Cossitt, of Greenville, Penn.
On October 27, 1858, he was married to Miss Josephine
Coulter, daughter of Dr. Coulter, of
Scrubgrass Township, Venango Co., Penn., well known for many miles around as a
physician of great renown for over thirty years, and closely connected with the
history of Venango County. On July 29, 1854, John Coulter
Feather was born, who for many years was a companion, partner and trusted
confidant of his father, Dr. Feather, whom he now
succeeds as head and principal of a large practice peculiar to itself, which he
had assisted to build up.
On August 4, 1858, Francis
Floyd Feather was born, who, as junior member of the firm of Drs.
J. C. & F. F. Feather, is assisting his elder brother. On December
19, 1860, a daughter, Lizzie Feather, was born, but
died of lung fever on February 6, 1861.
In 1861 Dr.
Feather joined Company K, Fourth Pennsylvania Cavalry Volunteers, but was
afterward transferred as regimental surgeon of the Seventy-second New York
Infantry Volunteers. In 1862 he was detailed to act as surgeon-general of the
hospitals at Yorktown, Va. It was at this time he suffered from yellow fever for
first time, from which so few northern men recover; in 1885 he sent north for
his family, he still serving as medical director of the Bureau of Refugees,
Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, besides having a large private practice. On August
20, 1867, his wife died of typhoid fever, and, his own health being wrecked ever
since the war, he returned north in 1888, and, in 1869 was married to Miss
Hannah C. L. Bell, daughter of William and Lovina
Bell, of Sandy Creek Township, Mercer County, whose lives form part of
the history of Mercer County for a period of over fifty years.
In June, 1875, Dr.
Feather commenced the practice of his profession in Sandy Lake, Penn.,
where he remained until death. Dr. Feather was burnt out on February 26, 1880,
without insurance, and in 1882 built the three-story building used as a dwelling
until the completion of the building known as Dr. Feather’s Block, corner of
Main and Lacook Streets, constructed of stone, brick and marble. In 1882 he
suffered a stroke of paraphlegia, caused by the disabilities and injuries
sustained while in the military service. On November 11, 1887, he was again
taken sick from the same cause, but his power of resistance had decreased as his
disease had increased, and death came on November 18, 1887, at the age of
Condit Feather is buried in Oak
Hill Cemetery, Sandy Lake Township.]
History of Mercer
County, 1888, pages 1053-1054