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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Eugene Tinsman, M. D.

Dr. Eugene Tinsman, engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery at Orient, is actuated in all of his practice by a conscientious desire to make his efforts of greatest worth to his patients and to this end he is constantly studying and reading in order to promote his efficiency and advance his skill.  He was born in Clark county, Missouir, on the 29th of December, 1874, and is a son of Dr. Abraham S. and Amanda (Roseberry) Tinsman, both of whom were natives of Pennsylvania.  During their childhood days they accompanied their parents form the Keystone state to the state of Missouri and in Clark county they were reared and educated.  After reaching adult age they were married there and they continued to reside in Clark county until they were called from this life.  The father became a practicing physician and followed his profession in that county for more than a half century, being widely known in that connection.  He was a graduate of the Iowa Medical College at Keokuk of the class of 1857 and his efficiency, his broad knowledge, his ready sympathy and his kindliness made him the loved family physician in many a household.

At the usual age Dr. Eugene Tinsman entered the public schools of his native county and mastered the branches of learning therein taught, thus laying a good foundation upon which to rear the superstructure of professional learning at a later date.  Whether environment, natural predilection or inherited tendency had most to do with shaping his career, it is impossible to determine but in 1894 he began reading medicine under the direction of his father and in 1896 he entered the College of Physicians & Surgeons at Keokuk, Iowa, which he attended for two years, his studies being then interrupted by ill health.  He was not able to resume his course until the year 1901-2, when he returned, remaining as a student there for two years or until he was graduated with the class of 1903.  In June following his graduation he chose Orient as a favorable location and in the intervening twelve years he has built up an extensive and lucrative practice.  The number of his patients indicates how successful he is in his life work and his professional brethren recognize his ability.  He is ever careful in the diagnosis of his cases and seldom if ever is at fault in foretelling the outcome of disease.  Aside from his professional interests he is vice president of the Orient Savings Bank.

Dr. Tinsman was married in 1907, the lady of his choice being Miss Clara M. Johnson, the wedding ceremony being performed on the 12th of June.  Her father, R. L. Johnson, is a retired farmer residing in Orient.  Mrs. Tinsman is a graduate of Drake University and after her graduation was appointed state trainer of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union.  She is a member of the Congregational church.  Dr. Tinsman belongs to Cypress Lodge, No. 539, A. F. & A. M., and adheres closely to the teachings of the craft, having ample opportunity in his practice to exemplify its purposes as founded upon a recognition of the brotherhood of mankind.  Along strictly professional lines he is connected with the Adair County Medical Society, which honored him with its presidency in 1911, 1912 and 1913; the Southwestern Iowa Medical Society; the Iowa State Medical Society; and the American Medical Association.  He is one of the foremost citizens of Orient, both professionally and otherwise and wherever known he is held in high esteem.



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