Portrait and biographical record of Genesee, Lapeer and Tuscola counties, Michigan

Biography of Myron A. Tibbits, M.D. of Linden Michigan

Myron A. Tibbits, M.D., is one of the leading physicians of Genesee County, who makes his home at Linden. He is a native of Middlesex County, Ontario, and was born February 5, 1850. His father, Nelson Tibbits, was a Vermonter by birth and a farmer by occupation, although he pursued blacksmithing during the early part of his life. He died in 1883, and was a prominent and well-known man, a zealous Christian and Class-leader and Superintendent of the Sunday-school in the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was a strong advocate of temperance and made many an eloquent plea in favor of that cause. The ancestors of our subject were from England and migrated to America during Revolutionary times. His mother, Delana M. Allen, a native of Vermont and a daughter of Vermonters, is still living and the mother of ten children, all of whom are still in this life.

Myron A. Tibbits, the eldest child of his parents, was reared upon a farm and received his elementary education in the district schools. At sixteen he entered London College in Canada and completed a commercial course, and at eighteen he began reading medicine with Dr. A. E. Ford, a noted physician and surgeon at St. Mary’s Ontario, supplementing this study with a special course in the Kentucky school of medicine at Louisville and a similar course in the College of Medicine of the same city, an institution of excellent repute.

Upon his return to St. Mary’s the young doctor resumed his studies and at the same time took up his medical practice, and in 1875 spent a year in the Medical Department of the Michigan University and the following year entered Rush Medical College of Chicago, from which he graduated in 1877. In the fall of that year he located for a few months as Osco, Henry County, Ill., and after that at Pinconning, Bay County, Mich., a place which at that time was the center of a large lumber trade in pine and was full of lumbermen who were constantly meeting with accidents, and among them Dr. Tibbits enjoyed a wonderful practice especially in surgery.

After five years spent in the lumber district Dr. Tibbits removed in January, 1883, to Linden where he enjoys a large practice and the full confidence of the people generally. He was married June 5, 1881, to Miss Viola Moon, a native of New York and a daughter of the Rev. Orrin J. Moon, a Vermonter by birth and a minister in the Free Will Baptist Church. This minister has won an excellent reputation as a powerful preacher and a conductor of revival services. He has filled the pulpit since he was sixteen years old and has preached in several different States, and also in Canada, and is now engaged in ministerial work in Pennsylvania. The mother of Mrs. Tibbits bore the maiden name of Levina M. Groves and was a New Yorker by birth. She had two children both of whom are living.

The Doctor is a Republican in his political views and while at Pinconning took quite an active part in local politics and held the offices of Town Clerk, Health Officer, and physician for the poor. He is identified with both the Masonic order and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and is prominently identified with the State Medical Society.

Source: Chapman Brothers. Portrait and biographical record of Genesee, Lapeer and Tuscola counties, Michigan. Chicago: Chapman brothers, 1892.

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