Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The
Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties,
State of Washington", published by Western Historical Publishing
ELI HOLLINGSHEAD, M. D.
Among the pioneers who have made Douglas county what she is to-day, we
have great reason to mention the subject of this review, whose labors in
this county have met with the most gratifying success. As a physician,
Dr. Hollingshead stands a real leader, being not only especially endowed
with natural ability for the important position of a medical practitioner,
but also possessed of unswerving integrity, skilled by long associations
in the profession and fortified with abundant erudition in medical lore.
Dr. Hollingshead has won, as he surely would do, the confidence of all
the residents of the county and has gained marked distinction as a physician
and surgeon. Desiring to be relieved from the constant strain incident
to a large and conscientious practice of medicine, the doctor turned a
portion of his time to investigating the resources of the county and accumulating
a fine property by handling them in a wise manner. The doctor now
has one of the choicest farms, just south from Waterville, that is to be
found in this part of the state. It consists of two hundred acres,
is laid out with display of great wisdom and skill, and is improved with
consummate taste and sagacity. Dr. Hollingshead gives his especial
attention to the supervision of this farm and has made it a most beautiful
as well as profitable place. In addition to this Dr. Hollingshead
has about sixteen hundred acres of land and a large band of stock.
He directs the entire estate from his home in Waterville and has gained
in the financial world as also in the medical profession a marked and gratifying
success. The confidence of the people of Waterville as well as those
in the surrounding country is unhesitatingly reposed in Dr. Hollingshead,
and with good reason, for he has endeared himself to the people by his
frankness, his skill, his real sympathy and integrity.
Eli Hollingshead was born in Ontario, Canada,
on May 11, 1836, the son of George and Jane (Kinsey) Hollingshead, natives
of Vermont and Pennsylvania, respectively and now deceased. After
a thorough training in the famous schools of Ontario, our subject then
entered the Eclectic Medical Institute of Cincinnati, and with honors took
his degree in 1873. Dr. John Scudder, one of America's foremost physicians
and the real father of Specific Medication, founded this college, the first
of its kind in the United States. Immediately following his graduation,
Dr. Hollingshead commenced practice in Forrester, Michigan, where he did
excellent work for eleven years. Then came a six years' practice
in Oscoda, Michigan, whence, in 1888, he came to Waterville to join his
son, mentionied elsewhere in this volume. He immediately commenced
practice in Waterville and has continued here since. The doctor has
a two-story residence in Waterville and considerable property besides that
already mentioned. The other children in his father's family are:
Amos, William, Sarah Webb, and Susannah Millard.
At Newmarket, Ontario, in 1858, Dr. Hollingshead
married Miss Hannah Mount, a native of New Jersey. She has one brother,
Lewis. To Dr. and Mrs. Hollingshead three children have been born,
George, Herbert, and Jennie Elliott. The first one is specifically
mentioned in this work; Herbert is handling a large furniture business
for his father; and the daughter is the wife of Prof. Elliott. Dr.
Hollingshead is a member of the Foresters, and the K. O. T. M. In
professional lines he is a member of the State Medical Society and also
the National Eclectic Association. He is examiner of the government
for pensions and medical adviser for the M. W. A. Politically, Dr.
Hollingshead is allied with the Republicans, but does not assume great
activity in this realm, being too busy with his other large enterprises;
however, Doctor Hollingshead takes a keen interest in seeing the best men
and measures in the ascendancy.