Dr. Bonnell Antique Folk Art Medical Sign

Dr. Bonnell Antique Folk Art Medical Sign

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Antique Doctor's Specialist Trade Sign

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                                                                 Circa 1915

       This is when Dr. Bonnell opened his office in Fairfield, Iowa



Birth:  Dec. 2, 1884
Pawnee County
Kansas, USA
Death:  Mar. 25, 1971
Jefferson County
Iowa, USA

Husband of Edith Maud Lockhart Bonnell.

Dr. Bonnell was a long time physician who practiced in Fairfield for many years and also was a real estate owner of several downtown Fairfield buildings that were associated with him.

He was a eye, ear, nose, and throat specialist; his obituary noted that he had performed some 2,150 tonsillectomies during his career.

When his son, Robert, died in a vehicle accident in 1928 at the age of 11 years, Dr. Bonnell's professional colleagues paid their respects by having all six pallbearers be doctors: Dr. J. S. Gaumer, Dr. Charles Ricksher, Dr. C.C. Tallman, Dr. Chester Fordyce, Dr. I. N. Crow, and Dr. Lora D. James.
Fairfield Daily Ledger
Friday March 26, 1971
Pgs. 1 & 5

Retired Physician

Dr. BONNELL Dies At 86

Dr. F.S. BONNELL, 86, retired Fairfield physician and a resident of the Fairfield community for over 55 years, died at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Jefferson County Hospital.

He had been in critical condition since suffering a stroke in his apartment at 55 1/2 E. Broadway. When friends failed to see him on his general rounds Mar. 11, officers were notified and forceful entry was made to his apartment. Dr. BONNELL was found in a semi-conscious condition on the kitchen floor.

Funeral services will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Weston Behner Funeral Home with the Rev. Wilson Hyde officiating. Private interment will be Monday in Evergreen Cemetery.

Dr. BONNELL was a member of the United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge, B.P.O. Elks and Shrine.

Dr. BONNELL served the community as an eye, ear, nose and throat specialist for 35 years before his retirement from regular practice in 1950.

He was proud of his record of 2,150 tonsillectomies during his career. He said at one time he never lost a patient or signed a death certificate during his entire period as a practicing physician.

In addition to carrying out his practice, Dr. BONNELL was heavily involved in real estate and owned a number of commercial buildings during his lifetime.

Moving to Fort Madison when a small child, he received his early education in that community and graduated from high school there.

He has had training in many fields in addition to medicine. He was still a card-carrying member of the International Association of Machinists at the time of his passing.

After working in railroad shops at Fort Madison, he embarked on his studies in medicine. He received a degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at Philadelphia and later a degree in Pharmacy.

Continuing his education, he received his M.D. degree at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1913. He completed his specialty training at Washington University in St. Louis in 1915 and came to open his office in Fairfield. He had been a resident here ever since.

His first building venture was construction of the apartment building in 1922 at the corner of N. Main and Hempstead, now owned by Fred TURNER.

He built what is now the Fairfield Hotel at 115 N. Main and sold it in 1950. At one time he owned the building on the southwest corner of the square which was sold in August, 1970; and purchased the building he still owned at the time of his death on the north side of the square in 1926.

Dr. BONNELL was born Dec. 2, 1884, at Larned, Kan., the son of Frank and Ella PEOPLES BONNELL. He was married to Edith LOCKHART July 7, 1913, who passed away Sept. 12, 1957.

Dr. BONNELL is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Robert M. MOYER, Fairfax, VA; two grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Mazie LOGAN, Mount Pleasant; and a brother, Carl BONNELL, Bradenton, Fla.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by one son, a brother and a sister. 
Family links: 
  Frank Sumner Bonnell (1855 - 1943)
  Ella Peoples Bonnell (1856 - 1938)
  Edith Maud Lockhart Bonnell (1884 - 1957)
  Robert Owen Bonnell (1917 - 1928)*
  Ruth O. Bonnell Moyer (1918 - 2011)*
  Claudia Bonnell Cummings (1876 - 1950)*
  Mazie Clair Bonnell Logan (1880 - 1980)*
  Frank Sumner Bonnell (1884 - 1971)
Evergreen Cemetery 
Jefferson County
Iowa, USA
Plot: 3rd.003

Two-sided sign


The sign has gilt/gold leaf lettered glass on both sides of the sign, each side says the same thing. A rare feature about this Doctor is the fact that they treated the eyes, today most ENT's (Ear,Nose & Throat Physicians) do not include treatment of the eyes. 


It features glass with black background and gold lettering, the lettering is all hand applied gold leaf, done in "reverse painted" method...meaning the gold leaf is applied behind the glass, on the backside of the glass. 


Incredible detailed lettering as well as the gold frame border around all the lettering.


The frame appears to be antique & original(it could be vintage)with newer metal reinforcements at the corners.I repainted the frame with a flat black paint. The solid cedar/redwood  frame has lots of nicks, dings & character marks, consistent with it's age. 


The glass is definitely antique with imperfections such as small bulls-eyes consistent with hand-made glass, no cracks in the glass!


The gold lettering has some areas of gold leaf missing and minor imperfections consistent with its age


There is a wire attached  for hanging


all the best, Bryan




Long...23 1/2

Wide...15 1/2

Thickness..1 3/4