Holt County, Missouri


B. MEEK, M. D.

B. MEEK, M. D., the fifth of a family of ten children, five boys and five girls, is a native of Kentucky and was born in Henry County, April 22, 1826. His father, John Meek, was a native of South Carolina. His mother's maiden name was Temperance Lowden, and she was a Kentuckian by birth.

The family came to Missouri in the fall of 1851, and in the following spring located in Holt County. Young Meek received his primary education in his native county and accompanied his parents to Holt County. The days of his youth were spent on a farm, and in October 1854 he began the study of medicine, subsequently graduating from the St. Louis Medical College at the winter term of 1856-7.

Dr. Meek soon began his practice in Mound City, and has since been engaged in following his profession in Holt County except for eighteen months during the war, when he was in Clay County, Illinois. At the time he came to Mound City there was but one business house in the town, and he was the first physician. In 1858 he became interested in the drug business as one of the firm of Meek & Rigdon, but the latter partner was only associated with the firm a short time. This was the first drug firm in the place. Dr. Meek afterwards continued the business till 1863.

During the period from 1869 to 1873 he was a resident of Craig. He is a member of Mound City Lodge No. 294, A. F. & A. M. He was married April 19, i860 to Miss Elizabeth A. Sharp, a daughter of William A. Sharp, who was a native of Kentucky and a pioneer of Holt County. Her mother's maiden name was Caroline Elliott, of Missouri. Mrs. Meek was born in Holt County, Missouri, October 23, 1841. Mr. and Mrs. M. have had four children : John W., born January 30, 1861 and died April 1870; Gertrude, born January 29, 1864; Leonitas, born October 25, 1869; •Francis C, born April 27, 1872.

Source:"History of Holt and Atchison Counties, 1882"
Transcribed by Karyn

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