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Fred Puleston
Born November 22, 1866


Among few of the professions of life are a broad outlook, a liberal education and wide experience so necessary to real success than in that of medicine and these attributes are possessed in their fullness by Dr. Fred Puleston, who about eight years ago commenced practice in Monticello. During this period he has won a patronage that compares favorably with that enjoyed by older men, while his success in treating the diseases of the ear, nose and throat, and affections of the skin and the nerves has spread beyond the confines of the city. He was born in Manchester, England, November 22, 1866, his parents being William and Jane (Thompson) Puleston, also natives of Manchester, where the father was well known as an extensive shipping merchant, and they spent their entire lives in their birthplace.
Fred Puleston was reared at home, acquiring his education in Owens College, now known as Victoria University. At the age of nineteen, he went to Africa on a hunting expedition, but his stay on that continent was prolonged until it covered a period of twelve years. During that time he became well acquainted with Stanley, the immortal explorer, and his party, accompanying them upon many of their trips into the interior and for four years he served as British consul to the dark land. Many were the exciting experiences he encountered in those years, for the country had not then become as well known as it is at present, and when he returned to England he brought with him many trophies of his skill in the chase and relics of the native tribes he had visited. It was in 1887 that he went to his home and after a stay of one month there he came to the United States on a visit, as he thought, but to remain permanently, as it has proved. A sister whom he had not seen for nineteen years was living in Anamosa Iowa, and when she heard that he had come to America she begged him to visit her, and then prevailed upon him to remain here.
About nine months after his arrival, Dr. Puleston took up the study of medicine and in the fall of 1897 entered the medical department of the Iowa State Medical College, from which he was graduated with the class of 1901. During his period as a student, he had shown unusual adaptation for the profession so that he was made demonstrator of pathology and assistant demonstrator of anatomy, while to increase his efficiency as a practitioner he took a special course in bacteriology, so that he is now able to perform his own work in that department of his profession, a thing which few physicians are able to do. Immediately after his graduation Dr. Puleston opened an office in Monticello, making it one of the most complete in the county, for he intended building up a large practice. The years have proved that his ambitions have not failed of realization. His record at the college and the fact that he was made intern, in the hospital during the last year of his work there, gave people confidence in his ability from the start, while his personality, his thoroughness, his ready sympathy and his skill in handling the cases brought to him, have won their increased regard. He makes a specialty of treating the ear, nose and throat, and of skin and nervous diseases, but he is also engaged in the general practice of medicine.
In 1895, Dr. Puleston returned to England from the African jungle to marry Miss Sarah Mosely Davis, of Manchester, England, who accompanied him when he went back to his work on the dark continent and then to America. Since he has become a resident of this state, Dr. Puleston has allied himself with the Iowa Legion of Honor and with the local lodge of the Knights of Pythias, while he, keeps abreast with the advances made in his profession through Ills membership in the Jones County Medical Society and in the Iowa State Medical Society. Highly cultured of broad interests and of wide experience, not only is he able to assist all those who entrust their physical well being to his care, but socially he is a great addition to the town.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 261.

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