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Mary Emma Helm was born May 5, 1862 at or near Bosworth, Carroll County, Missouri. She married Adam Simpson Foster on March 12, 1882. Emma and her husband moved from Missouri to Port Arenas, California, the to Petaluma, Sonoma County, California. They had many children: Lina Edwin, Charles Simpson, Florence May, Joseph Hathaway, Blanche, Martha Ellen, Stephen, Harriet Lucy, and Dolly Pearl. Emma died on November 8, 1938 and is buried in the Cypress Hill Cemetery in the Lawn Section at Petaluma.
(Submitted by Linda Craig)

A well-known physician located at Carrollton, Carroll County, and a man of great professional ability, who personally commends himself to all by virtue of his affable manner, is he whose name appears above. Aside from his private practice, he has the work of the Wabash, Santa Fe and Chicago, Burlington & Kansas City Railroads, and is Secretary of the Board of Examiners for pensions. As a surgeon he is skilled and his ability is unsurpassed. Dr. Highsmith is the owner of the finest residence in the city, a beautiful home located on Main Street, which is the meeting place for the wit and beauty of the town and vicinity.
Dr. Highsmith is a native of Savannah, Ga., and was born December 4, 1848. He is a son of Ewing and Elizabeth (Wallace) Highsmith, the former born in Georgia, and the latter in Blount County, Tenn. Our subject's paternal grandfather, the Rev. Richard Highsmith, was a preacher in the Baptist Church and held pastorates in Georgia, Kentucky and Illinois. The family is of German descent. Our subject's father was employed as a farmer in his native State. He located in Lincoln County, Mo., about 1850, and later in Crawford County, Ill., where he still resides. Our subject's mother died many years ago, leaving four children, of whom the Doctor is the only son. He was reared in Illinois and remained at home until twelve years of age, when he began to look out for himself. At fourteen he went to Macon County and entered school, and at the age of sixteen began to teach. Later he took a course at the Illinois Normal, and then taught in Piatt and Moultrie Counties until 1868, when he came to Carroll County, first engaging as a teacher in De Witt, Mo.
Dr. Highsmith continued teaching in De Witt until the spring of 1869, when he entered the Kirksville Normal, from which he was graduated in the fall of that year with the degree of Bachelor of Science. In 1872 he entered the Missouri Medical College at St. Louis, and three years later finished the course with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. He began practicing in De Witt, giving his undivided attention to his chosen profession. In 1882-83 he attended lectures in New York, and the degree of Doctor of Medicine was conferred upon him by Bellevue College. A thorough enthusiast in his work, he was ambitious to master every branch of the healing art, and took a private course of study in surgery under Doctors Bryant & Weith. He also took a private course in the diseases of women at the Polyclinic College. He also made a specialty of diseases of the nose and throat, studying under Dr. Bosworth, of Bellevue.
After this extended course our subject returned to De Witt, in which city he continued his practice until June, 1888, when he was appointed surgeon of the Wabash and Santa Fe Roads and found it would be expedient for him to locate in Carrollton. Since that time he has given his attention largely to his surgical work in connection with the railroad. Aside from his professional services he has been a public benefactor, ready to take up all feasible enterprises that promise to advance the interests of the town. He was one of the organizers of the Dain Manufacturing Company, but finding the duties demanded too much of his time he retired from it.
Dr. Highsmith was married in this county October 17, 1877, to Miss Emma F., daughter of Jonathan McKinney, a prominent farmer in this locality. They are the parents of one child, Mary E. The Doctor is the President of the Board of Health. Fraternally, he is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights Templar. In church matters, he and his wife are worshippers with the Methodists. In politics, he favors that party which believes in Protection, and is one of its strongest advocates. He was chairman of the Republican County central Committee for two years. His connection with medical societies is large and we will only name the most important, via: the National Association of Railway Surgery; American Medical Association; State Medical Society, and Carroll County Medical Society.
[Portrait and Biographical Record of Clay, Ray, Carroll, Chariton and Linn Counties, Missouri 1893, Pages 171 – 172. Submitted by Lisa]


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