Joseph A. Deen, M. D.
As an early settler in that section of Oklahoma once known as the
Chickasaw Nation, Doctor Deen has made his life one of exceptional
value in the old Indian country and has helped to establish modern
communities where not many years ago were profligate red men. large
unfilled areas of forest and prairie, cattle ranches and hiding
places of men accused of violating every law of God or man. His brain
and hand were partially instrumental in the building of the Town of
Hickory in Murray County, where he deserves some of the credit for
the building of two churches and a modern school building and the
organization and provision of a home for the Masonic and Odd Fellows
lodges. For several years Doctor Deen has been well established in
his practice as a physician and surgeon at Ada.
He was born in
Austin, Texas, in 1876, a son of John R. and Mary (Bacon) Deen. His
father, also a native of Austin, was an early business man of that
city, and married and reared his family there, his wife being also a
native of the same city. Doctor Deen has one brother and one sister
living: T. W. Deen, a banker at Ardmore, Oklahoma; and Mrs. Stone W.
Webster, wife of a furniture dealer at Oklahoma City.
primary education was obtained in the public schools of Texas, and
after leaving high school he entered the Southwestern University at
Georgetown. Texas, where he was graduated A. B. in 1894. In 1896 he
began his medical education in the Barnes University at St. Louis and
took his degree M. D. from that institution in 1902. He has never
since ceased to be a student and has kept himself apace with all the
developments of modern medicine. In 1909 he completed a post-graduate
course in the Tulane Medical School at New Orleans, and in 1912 took
a hospital post-graduate course in Barnes University.
In 1902 Doctor Deen
located for practice at Ardmore, Oklahoma, and remained in that city
two years. He then removed to the new Town of Hickory, and was for
seven years.engaged in caring for a large practice there and also in
promoting the general upbuilding of the community. For three years
after leaving Hickory he practiced in Western Oklahoma, and in
1912 located at Ada,
where he now has a large and satisfactory practice. Doctor Deen is a
member of the Pontotoc Medical Society, the Oklahoma Medical Society
and the American Medical Association, and is a member of the Pontotoc
County Insanity Commission.
Doctor Deen was
married at Hickory, Oklahoma, in December, 1904, to Miss Ada
Mitchell. They have two children, Othel, aged ten, and Gerald, aged
eight. In Masonry Doctor Deen is affiliated with the Lodge and Royal
Arch chapters, and is also a member of the Knights of Pythias and the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is secretary of the Democratic
County Central Committee of Pontotoc County, secretary of the
Pontotoc County Democratic Club, secretary of the Democratic County
Finance Committee and a member of the Democratic Central Committee of
Ada from the Fourth Ward. Above these various interests Doctor Deen
can be called an enthusiastic member of that large organization of
men in Oklahoma known as boosters, and is one of the solid,
substantial citizens of his home town.