Eustace Monett Singleton (1864 – )

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“SINGLETON, Eustace Monett, M. D. of Marshalltown, was born January 17,1864, at Eyota, Olmsted county, Minnesota, where his parents, Joseph and Eliza Ware Singleton, still reside. Joseph Singleton came from England in 1850, and first settled at Ripon, Wisconsin, but later, in 1860, removed to Minnesota, where he has since been engaged in farming and stock raising on a large scale until 1869, when he retired. Much of his agricultural training was gained during his youth and boyhood in England. His people were stewards for the landlord of a large estate, and were prominent people in the community, and they gave their son a good education, as well as practical training in farming. In 1852, at Ripon, Wisconson, he was married to Eliza Ware, a native of New England, who was born in Portland, Maine, and came to Wisconsin with her parents while young.

E. M. Singleton’s early education was obtained in the common schools of Olmsted county, which ranked very high. He first attended the district school near his home, but in 1884 he entered the Eyota high school, from which he was graduated in 1886. All his school vacations were spent on the home farm, and it is here that he earned his first money, trapping pocket gophers. For a short time after graduating from the high school he worked in a drug store, but having decided to study medicine, he entered Chicago Medical College in September, 1888, and after a thorough course was graduated from this institution April 28, 1891, ranking well in his class. His thesis on “Electro-Therapeutics” won for him the Mclntosh prize, valued at one hundred dollars. After graduating Dr. Singleton spent his time in further study at hospitals and post graduate schools until September 4, 1891, when he came to Iowa to take a position as assistant physician in the Hospital for the Insane at Mt. Pleasant. Here he labored hard among the afflicted ones. He also spent much time in the laboratory with microscope and camera, making a special study of the eye and ear in connection with nervous and mental diseases. He was promoted to be second asisstant physician in the Mt. Pleasant hospital, but on October 6, 1894, he resigned that position to enter private practice, and located at Marshalltown. Since removing to Marshalltown he has made diseases of the eye, ear, nose and throat a specialty, and his reputation extends from one end of the state to the other. In 1895 Dr. Singleton was elected city physician of Marshalltown, serving in this capacity five years, also serving two years as physician to the county asylum. He is a Knight Templar and a member of the First Baptist church of Marshalltown.

November 17, 1894, the doctor was married to Cornelia Miller of Davenport. November 18, 1898, a daughter, Miriam Louise, was born.”

Source:  Biographies and Portraits of the Progressive Men of Iowa, Vol. 2, by Benjamin F. Shambaugh, Ph.D., Conaway & Shaw, Publishers, Des Moines, 1899, pages 574-5


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