Biography of Frederick Converse Eastman, M. D.
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Frederick Converse Eastman was born in Lincoln county, Ontario Province, Canada, December 28, 1842. His parents, William and Catharine Eastman, were also natives of Canada. His father dying when he was live years old, he lived with his mother until he was fourteen, when he was employed in the store of G. C. Fields, of Smithville, Canada, as a clerk. Before leaving home his mother endeavored to give him a fair education. After clerking one year he attended the Academy at Gilsonburg, Canada, and was in attendance for four years. He began the study of medicine in 1861 under Dr. Michael Turner at Smithville, but Dr. Turner dying in the following fall he resumed his studies under Dr. J. Culver, of the same place. While pursuing his medical studies he taught school to defray his expenses. In 1864 he took a medical course in the medical department of the Michigan. State University at Ann Arbor, and in the spring of that year was appointed by Dr. J. C. Hughes, surgeon general of the State of Iowa, medical cadet in the Military Hospital at Keokuk, Iowa, and while performing the duties of cadet he also entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Keokuk, from which he graduated a Doctor of Medicine on the 31st of May, 1865. After prospecting awhile he located at Alto Vista, Daviess county, November 15, 1865, where he built up an extensive practice and remained there until April, 1878, when he removed to Winston and established his present practice. The doctor for some years lived a life of single blessedness, his mother living with him from 1871 to 1876, when she was called to Canada by the sickness of a daughter, he accompanying her, and after visiting a short time extended his trip to New York City and to the Centennial Exposition at Philadelphia, returning to Alto Vista in July of the same year. Besides being a practicing physician, the doctor also carries on farming on an extensive scale.
In 1877 he was united in marriage to Miss Carrie F. King, of DeKalb county. They have had three children born to them, all of whom are .dead. Dr. and Mrs. Eastman are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church .of Winston. He is a member of Winston Lodge No. 377, I. O. O. F.