James Donaldson Parker was born on February 11, 1868, in Fayette, Iowa. At that time his father, Charles Coleman Parker, was 44 and his mother, Sarah Maria Lakin, was 38. He married Nellie R. Klemme on August 23, 1892, in Ridgeway, Iowa.
James graduated from Upper Iowa University in 1889 and received his M.D. from the University of Michigan in 1892. He worked as physician in Fayette until his death in 1947.
James Donaldson Parker died on April 18, 1947 at the age of 79. He was buried at Grandview Cemetery, Fayette, Iowa.
James Donaldson Parker and Nellie R. Klemme had three children in 10 years:
Nellie, James Donaldson, and Hugh Klemme Parker on the left. George Bolles in the middle. No information on the people to the right.
William Henry and Mary Augusta (Bolles) Klemme, Grandfather Henry William and Grandmother Anna Katharine (Gesell) Klemme, James Donaldson, Nellie R, Hugh (2 years old), and Dorothy Parker (2 weeks old). Photo dated April 12, 1896 at Grandfathers house in Elma, Iowa.