Milton Hall Proudfoot (1860-1938)

Source: A History of Preston County West Virginia
Biographical Department, supplied by J. R. Cole
The Journal Publishing Company, Kingwood W. Va. 1914
Pages 716-718

Milton Hall Proudfoot, M. D.

Photograph - Milton Hall ProudfootThis prominent and successful physician and surgeon has been engaged in the practice of his profession for the past twenty-five years. He was born in Taylor county, Virginia, August 20, 1860. His father was also born in that county, and there learned the carpenter trade, subsequently settling in Grafton, where he was employed by the B. & O. R. R., for thirty-seven years. He entered the employ of the company as a carpenter, and in a few years was promoted to that of passenger car foreman until the year 1884, when he was transferred to Baltimore, Maryland, where he was made general foreman of all passenger car repairs at Camden station and Baileys. He resided in Baltimore until 1900, when he was retired and placed on the pension list of the Baltimore & Ohio Relief Department. Mr. Proudfoot was married in Taylor county to Miss Emily Freeman, who was born in Virginia, November 30, 1842. Her father, William Freeman, was one of the pioneers of this state. She was a woman of great Christian character, ever ready to help the needy. She was of poor health herself, and died suddenly in Rowlesburg, West Virginia, May 23, 1911. Three sons and one daughter were born to the above mentioned union, Dr. M. H. Proudfoot, Rowlesburg, West Virginia; Mrs. R. F. Menefee, Wellington, Kansas; G. F. Proudfoot, Franklin, Pennsylvania; E. J. Proudfoot, Rowlesburg, West Virginia. Dr. Proudfoot received his primary education in the public schools, and later, unaided by others, took a commercial course. Still later he began the study of medicine at Grafton, West Virginia, with Dr. Thomas Kennedy, one of the celebrated physicians of northwestern Virginia, with whom he remained until the death of the latter. After this he was with Dr. Grant, also of Grafton, until he began attending lectures at the Starling Medical College of Columbus, Ohio, during the winter of 1880-81. After taking his first course of lectures, in the following spring he was appointed clerk on the railway route between Grafton and Wheeling, and continued in that business for about one year, but at the same time pursued the study of medicine. Later he returned to Starling Medical College and graduated in the class of 1884, after which he began practicing at Rowlesburg, where he remained until the fall of 1886. From there he went to Kendall, Kansas, but after several years returned to Rowlesburg, where he resumed the practice of medicine, which he has continued successfully since that time. He also engaged in the drug business for a number of years, and did a good business until quite recently when he sold out his store and all interests therein and confined himself strictly to his profession. Dr. Proudfoot is a member of the County and State Medical Societies, American Medical Association, Baltimore & Ohio Railway Surgeons Association. The doctor was appointed a member of the State Board of Health in 1904, and served four years.

Dr. Proudfoot was married in Baltimore, Maryland, June 29, 1897, to Miss Lida D. Sawtelle, a native of West Virginia, who was reared and educated in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her father, William Sawtelle, had been a resident of New Orleans many years, and is still living. To Dr. and Mrs. Proudfoot was born one child, Eva. She was born in Colorado.

Dr. and Mrs. Proudfoot and their daughter are active members of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Rowlesburg, and the former is a member of the Terra Alta Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, The Chapter, a Knight Templar, he holding membership in Grafton, is a member of Osiris Shrine of Wheeling, West Virginia. Dr. Proudfoot has been a resident of Rowlesburg for twenty years, and has been one of the active and public spirited citizens and successful business men of that city.

Dr. Proudfoot is well known to the profession over the entire state as a successful physician, and he and his family are highly respected. He is also surgeon for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, Morgantown and Kingwood Railroad and The Alpha Portland Cement Company.

Additional Information

DEATH CERTIFICATE for Milton Hall Proudfoot
Place of Death: Preston County, Rowlesburg, W. Va.
Husband of: Lida D. Proudfoot
Date of Birth: August 20, 1860
Date of Death: March 21st, 1938
Age: 77 years, 7 months
Trade/Profession: Physician & Surgeon
Total Time in Occupation: 54 years
Birthplace: Harrison County Va
Father: Francis R. Proudfoot, b. Harrison County Va
Mother: Emily C. Freeman, b. Harrison County Va
Informant: E. J. Proudfoot, Rowlesburg W. Va.
Burial Place: Bluemont Cemetery
Principal cause of death: Cerebral Embolism
Other contributory causes: Arterio-sclerosis

Find A Grave Memorial - Dr. Milton H. Proudfoot


1870 Census, Taylor County WV
Grafton Township, PO: Pruntytown
Stamped Page 169, hand-written page 29
PROUDFOOT, Francis 38, M, Carpenter, $1500/$200, Va
", Emily 27, F, Keeping House, Va
", Milton 9, M, Va, Attends-School
", Minnie 6, F, WV
", Gordon 1, M, WV

1880 Census, Taylor County WV
ED:81, the Town of Grafton
Stamped page 314A, HW-page 29
PROUDFOOT, Francis R 45, Works for RR Co, Va-Va-Va
", Emily C 36, wife, Keeping House, Va-Va-Va
", Milton H 20, son, Clerk in Post Office, Va-Va-Va
", Minnie M 15, dau, WV-Va-Va
", Gordon F 11, son, WV-Va-Va
", Earnie J 7, son, WV-Va-Va

1900 Census, Preston County WV
Reno District, Rowlesburg Town
ED:108, Sheet 21A
PROUDFOOT, Milton H, Aug-1860, 39, M-13, WV-WV-WV, Physician
", Lyda D, wife, Feb-1866, 34, M-13 1-child, WV-WV-WV
", Eva C, dau, July-1887, 12, CO-WV-WV
HUFFMAN, Barbara, servant, Mar-1882, 18, WV-WV-WV
WARD, Nelson, servant, 18, MD-MD-MD

1910 Census, Preston County WV
Reno District, Rowlesburg Town
ED:109, Sheet 9A
PROUDFOOT, M H, 48, M1-22, WV-WV-WV, Doctor, Medicine
", Elida, wife, 44, M1-22, 1-child/1-living, WV-WV-WV
", Eva, dau, 21, WV-WV-WV

1920 Census, Preston County WV
Reno District, Pct #1, Rowlesburg Town
ED:179, Sheet 11A
", Lida D, wife, 54, WV-WV-WV
GAINES, Lora, maid, 27, WV-WV-WV

1930 Census, Preston County WV
Reno District, Rowlesburg Town
ED:17, Sheet 9A
Main Street
PROUDFOOT, Milton H, 69, M-27, WV-WV-WV, Physician
", Lida D, wife, 64, M-21, WV-WV-WV
KNOTTS, Evelyn P, maid, 49, WV-WV-WV


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