Dr. Elizabeth Miner
Born 1867, died 1952
Dr. Elizabeth Miner was born December 25, 1867, in Blakesburg, Iowa. She was educated in schools in Milford, Iowa, graduated from Shenandoah Teachers College at Shenandoah, Iowa, and later graduated from Denver, Colorado Medical School in 1895.
With her husband, William C. Miner, she moved to Macomb and opened her medical practice in 1895. Dr. Miner served on the staff of the Holmes, St. Francis, and Phelps hospitals and taught in the School of Nursing in each. Her medical practice was located in an upstairs office on the south side on the Square. Dr. Miner was a character member of the McDonough County Medical Society, organized in 1897, and served as its first secretary. She was a candidate for the position of Supreme Medical Director of Illinois in 1897, but at the last vote was defeated by the past director. In 1945, she was honored by the McDonough County Medical Association for having practiced medicine for 50 years.
In the community, Dr. Miner was a member of the General Macomb Chapter DAR, Delphian Society, Business and Professional Women’s Club, and the First Baptist Church of Macomb. On display is the silver communion platter that was used by the church in her honor.
After retiring, she and her husband spent their winters in St. Petersburg, Florida. Dr. Miner was a champion chess player and won many tournaments. She also enjoyed singing and was a member of the Three Quarter Century Choral Group for many years and appeared in “Granddad,” which was played in theaters around the country.
Elizabeth and William Miner were married for more than 50 years.