WILLIAM O. PARRISH, M.D., one of the leading physicians and surgeons of Hopeville, is a native of Jackson County, Michigan, born March 8, 1839, a son of Orrin H. Parrish, who was born in Ohio, and is now deceased. His father being a farmer, our subject was reared to agricultural pursuits, passing his youth on his father’s farm. He received good educational advantages, and for a time attended Central University at Pella, Marion County, Iowa, his parents having settled in that county in 1857. He was a soldier in the late war, enlisting in Company B., Third Iowa Infantry, and serving over four years. He took part in the engagements at Blue Mills, Pittsburg Landing, Shiloh, Hatchie River, sieges of Vicksburg and Atlanta, with Sherman to the sea; thence to Richmond, and from there went to Washington where he participated in the grand review. Our subject attended lectures at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, at Keokuk, Iowa, from which institution he graduated February 25, 1868, and the same year located in Galesburg, Iowa, where he began his life’s work. November 22, 1871, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Emma A. Butin, a daughter of Madison Moore. Five children have been born to them, of whom four still survive – Earl O., Guy D., Jennie M. and William L. The doctor followed his profession in Galesburg till 1877, when he came to Hopeville, where he has since resided, and since coming here has become well and favorably known as a skillful practitioner, and has succeeded in establishing a large and lucrative practice. Doctor Parrish is a member of the Masonic and Odd Fellows orders, and also belongs to the Grand Army of the Republic. He is a member of the Christian church.
SOURCE: Biographical and Historical Record of Clarke County, Iowa, Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1886 p. 239-40