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Subject: Re: [Norton] William Sheffield Norton
Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2007 05:33:52 -0000
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The obituary is for Dr. William Sheffield NORTON. I received a copy from Carolyn Hidlebaugh by mail 26 Dec 2003.
I do not know which paper the obit was in.
Further information on the ancestry of Dr. Norton can be obtained by contacting the Col. Alexander Harper Family Organization, c/o Donna Cuillard, Genealogy committee at
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Death date is: 13 Sep 1941 Muscatine, Iowa.
Obit reads as follows:
Title: Dr. W. S. Norton, 74, County Coroner, Dies
Text portion of obit:
Dr. William Sheffield Norton, 74, Muscatine County Coroner and well known physician and surgeon, died suddenly of a heart attack at is home, 408 Broadway at 5:05 p. m. Saturday. His funeral plans were indefinite this afternoon, awaiting the arrival of relatives from a distance. The body is remaining at the Hoffman Funeral home.
Serving as county coroner here for more than 30 years, Dr. Norton was prominent in medical and official circles of the community.
Dr. Norton served as a member of the board of education of the Muscatine Independent School District on two occasions and served as president of the board for several years.
He was affiliated with Iowa lodge No. 2, A. F. and A. M. was a member of the Muscatine Elks Lodge and of Wyoming lodge No. 76, Knights of Pythias.
Dr. Norton served in a medical unit in the World war and was a member of the Edward H. Bitzer post, American Legion.
Born in Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, on July 8, 1867, he was the son of Jonathan D. and Ada Sheffield Norton. He attended the public schools in the Ohio town and later took a university course at Urbana, Ohio. Moving to Topeka, Kansas, he secured a position as assistant to the paymaster of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroad, and subsequently took up the study of pharmacy, being graduated from the pharmaceutical departent of Kansas university. In 1900 he was graduated as a physician and surgeon at the Kansas Medical College.
Coming to Muscatine, he first engaged in the drug business and later formed a partnership with his father-in-law, Dr. Morgridge, in the practice of medicine. The partnership continued until the death of Dr. Morgridge in February, 1909.
Dr. Norton married Miss Myrta E. Morgridge, a native of Montrose, Ia., on June 7, 1893. She preceeded him in death a number of years ago.
Surviving are a brother, R. H. Norton, of Atlanta, Ga., an agent for the Santa Fe railroad; a sister, Mrs. H., S. Judd, of the state of Washington; a daughter, Mrs. R. G. Bauerbach, of Phoenix, Ariz., and a grandson, Richard Bauerbach, also of Phoenix.
Dr. Norton was preceded in death by three brothers, John H. Norton, who died at the age of thirty; David Z. Norton and Jonathan D. Norton, Jr.