Jonathan Fairbanks and Clyde Edwin Tuck

Past and Present of Greene County, Missouri

Early and Recent History and Genealogical Records
of Many of the Representative Citizens

MURRAY C. STONE, M. D. It has not been so very long ago when a doctor was supposed to do a little of everything when it came to looking after humanity as to its general physical improvement. Any one whom the medical schools graduated, and even many who never attended a medical school, were called upon in all kinds of physical needs, to dispense medicine for all the ailments to which flesh is heir, to look after all kinds of surgical operations, etc., in short, the family physician was general doctor, druggist, chemist, dentist, bacteriologist, and several other things. But that has all changed. Now we have departments in medical science and specialists in all departments. The field is so vast that the man who attempts to master all phases of this science only gets a smattering knowledge and is never capable of effective work in any. One of the younger doctors of Springfield, who has specialized in a very important line, is Dr. Murray C. Stone, pathologist and a most scientific and capable man in his line.

Doctor Stone hails from New England, having been born in the state of Massachusetts, April 22, 1880. He is of English and Welsh ancestry, and is a son of Charles P. and Ella L. (Aldrich) Stone. The father was born in Massachusetts in 1847, and the mother, who was a native of New Hampshire, is still residing in Massachusetts, being now sixty-three years of age. These parents grew to maturity in New England, were educated and married there, and established their future home in Massachusetts, where Mr. Stone devoted his active life to the work of an expert mechanic, working many years as engineer for the Brown Engine Company. His death occurred in 1905. He was a son of Fordyce Stone, a native of Massachusetts, he having been a son of Windsor Stone. Thus the record shows this to be one of our oldest Eastern families.

Dr. Murray C. Stone grew to manhood in his native state and there received his education, first attending the public schools, later taking the course in the medical department of Harvard University, Cambridge, from which historic institution he was graduated with the degree of Doctor of Medicine, with the class of 1903, and in that year he began the practice of his profession at Fitchburg, Massachusetts, where he remained, enjoying a good general practice until 1910, when he came West, locating in Kansas City. After remaining there eighteen months, he went to Jefferson City, spending two years at the Missouri capital, then, in October, 1914, took up his residence in Springfield, where he intends making his future home. He has devoted many years to a special study of pathology and in due course of time became an expert analyst. Before leaving Fitchburg, his native state, he was pathologist at the Burbank hospital, and while in Kansas City he held the same position at the general hospital; while in Jefferson City he was the official state bacteriologist, giving eminent satisfaction in all these important trusts. He is now making a specialty of clinical pathology. He has become well established in his work here, and maintains a well equipped and modem laboratory in the Woodruff building, Springfield. His patrons are the leading physicians of this and other cities of southwestern Missouri.

Doctor Stone was married in 1906, at Fitchburg, Massachusetts, to Eleanor M. Taft, a daughter of Benjamin Taft, a leading citizen of that city. There Mrs. Stone grew to womanhood and was graduated from the Fitchburg State Normal. The union of the Doctor and wife has resulted in the birth of two children, namely: Edward W., born in Fitchburg, September 29, 1907; and Windsor, whose birth occurred in that city on October 12, 1908; they are both attending school at this writing.

Politically, Doctor Stone votes independently. In religious matters he is a Presbyterian. He is a member of the Greene County Medical Society, the Missouri State Medical Association, the American Medical Association and the American Public Health Association. Personally, he is a plain, practical, sociable gentleman and has made many friends during his short residence in Springfield.


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