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ELI P. NESBITT, M. D.; Dr. Nesbitt is one of the younger representatives of the medical fraternity in Nodaway county, yet his youth seems no bar to his progress and his success, for he has already gained a reputation and a high standing that many an older practitioner might well envy. He was born in Caldwell county, Missouri, December 25, 1873, and is a son of George W. Nesbitt, one of the leading fruit farmers of Andrew county, Missouri. His father came to this state in 1860, following farming in Caldwell county until 1882, when he removed to Andrew county. He was born in Stark county, Ohio, in 1838, a son of George Nesbitt, Sr., who emigrated from Pennsylvania to the Buckeye state. On removing to the portion of the country west of the Mississippi George W. Nesbitt took up his abode in Oskaloosa, Iowa, where he made his home until the year of his arrival in Missouri. He was united in marriage to Miss Mary E. Cates, a native of Ray county, this state, who died in 1897. Their children are: Edith, the wife of Dr. E. L. Crowson, of Pickering, Missouri; Kate, who is living in Andrew county; Eli Paulus, our subject; Florence and Pleasant, who are students in the Missouri State University; Nellie, who completed the high-school course in St. Joseph, Missouri, in 1900; and Ethel, who is a sophomore in the same institution.
The Doctor acquired his literary education in the Chillicothe normal school, under Professor Allen Moore, and read medicine under Professor Senor, one of the faculty of the Central Medical College, at St. Joseph. In 1894 he matriculated in that college, completing the regular course in three years and winning his diploma in 1897. On the 25th of May of that year he opened his office in Gaynor, as the successor of Dr. Ream, of Maryville. He has gained here a large and constantly growing practice and his business is of a desirable character, bringing to him a good remuneration.
The Doctor was married in Gaynor, in December, 1899, to Alice, a daughter of Mrs. Mary J. Davis. His interest in fraternities extends to membership in the Modern Woodmen of America, and he represents in his professional capacity the Prudential Insurance Company of America and the Marshalltown Insurance Company, of Marshalltown, Iowa. The Nesbitt family is well known in politics for its adherence to Democracy. None of its members have sought or held office, but as citizens have given their aid to its work at primaries and county conventions. This is practically true of the Doctor, who does what he can to aid the cause, yet without effort at show or desire for political preferment.
Source:  A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri: with numerous sketches ... By William Smith Bryan publ. 1876 Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack

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