Dr. Newton W. Amos, a physician of St. Louis, was born at Cape Girardeau, Missouri, January 26, 1867. His father, Adam Amos, was a native of Alsace Lorraine and came to America in 1856, making his way direct to Cape Girardeau county, Missouri, where he built the first blacksmith shop of the place. There he resided until 1871 when he removed to Smithville, Bollinger county, and in 1873 he removed to Poplar Bluff, Missouri, where afterward he established his home in Allenville, Cape Girardeau county, Missouri, his death there occurring in 1875. During the Civil war he was a member of the Cape Girardeau Home Guard. He married Anna Litzelfelner, a native of Austria, who came to America with her parents at the age of six years, the family settling in Cape Girardeau county, where Mrs. Amos was reared and educated. By her marriage she became the mother of three sons, of whom the youngest, Benjamin, is now deceased, while Robert, the eldest, is a resident of Allenville.
Dr. Amos, the second in order of birth, was educated in the district schools of Cape Girardeau county before attending the Southeast Normal at Cape Girardeau, after which he won a teacher’s certificate and entered upon educational work. He taught in Cape Girardeau county for seven terms, but regarded this merely as an initial step to other professional labor and at the end of that time took up the study of medicine in the St. Louis Medical College, from which he was graduated with the M. D. degree in April, 1897. Following the completion of his course he had charge of the out-clinic for one year. Later he became assistant to Dr. John Paul Bryson, remaining with the latter until his death on the 5th of May, 1903. He then entered upon general practice, in which he has since continued and has gained a liberal public support. He is a teacher in the clinical department of genito-urinary surgical department of the Barnes Hospital and he is a member of the St. Louis, Missouri State and American Medical Associations. His hospital work and his private practice are of an important character and he ranks high in the branch of the profession in which he specializes.
On the 22d of January, 1908, Dr. Amos was married in Edwardsville, Illinois, to Miss Ids May Holtzman, a native of Missouri, who was born in Kirkwood, St. Louis county, a daughter of John H. and Annie (Schafer) Holtzman, both representatives of old Pennsylvania families, who became early settlers of St. Louis. To Dr. and Mrs. Amos have been born two children: Newton W., Jr., whose birth occurred July 3, 1909; and Glenn Wade, born September 22, 1912. Both were born in St. Louis. Dr. Amos enjoys a game of baseball, but his leisure is largely devoted to his home and his greatest happiness is found at his own fireside. In his profession he is a close and discriminating student and by reason of his broad investigation he has steadily advanced in his profession, his position being a creditable one.