from Past and Present of Mahaska County, Iowa by Manoah Hedge The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co. 1906
Dr. Moses Childress, practicing as a member of the firm of Hunter & Childress with offices at No. 125 North Market street, in Oskaloosa, was born in Unionville, Appanoose county, Iowa, in 1870. His father, Moses Childress, Sr., was a native of eastern Tennessee, and came to Iowa in 1849, settling in Davis county, near Drakeville, where he secured land and followed the occupation of farming. He voted with the republican party and held membership in the Presbyterian church. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Celia Martin, was born in Lee county, Virginia, and was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. Childress died in 1886, at the age of eighty-two years, while his wife passed away in February, 1904, at the age of seventy-three years. Dr. Childress, their only child, was reared in Unionville, Iowa, where he attended the common and high schools. At the age of sixteen years he went into a drug and jewelry store as a clerk and watchmaker, and at the age of nineteen he bought out his employer, conducting the business for about ten years in Unionville and other places. In the meantime he was devoting his leisure hours to reading medicine, and in 1895 he entered the Louisville (Kentucky) Medical College, where he received his diploma in 1897, while in 1898 he was graduated from the Barnes Medical College at St. Louis. In the fall of the same year he took an addendum degree at the National (homeopathic) Medical College at Chicago. In the fall of 1898 Dr. Childress began the practice of medicine at Packwood, Iowa, where he remained for five years, meeting with good success. He then went to Chicago. where he pursued a post-graduate course and in 1902 he came to Oskaloosa, where he practiced alone for a year. In 1903 he entered into partnership with Dr. Andrew J. Hunter under the firm style of Hunter & Children with offices at No. 125 North Market street. In practice he has met his professional anticipations and has now a large patronage. He is also a stockholder in the Farmers Savings Bank of Packwood, Iowa. In 1892 Dr. Children was married to Miss Lola Brown, who was born in Indiana in 1874, a daughter of Dallas M. and Eliza (Gibson) Brown. The father was a farmer and local preacher of the Christian church. Dr. and Mrs. Childress have four children: Bernice, Pearl, J. Rex and XRay. Both are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, in which the Doctor is serving as steward and is also treasurer of the Sunday-school. In his fraternal affiliation he is a Mason and politically is a republican. He belongs to the county and state medical associations and the Des Moines Valley Medical Society, also the American Medical Association. Entering upon the practice of his profession with a sense of conscientious obligation concerning the duties devolving upon him, he has become a foremost physician in his adapted city. He is a man of deep research and a close student and his skill and ability are now widely recognized, while the confidence of the public in his superiority as a physician and surgeon are manifest in his already extensive and growing practice.
Past and Present of Mahaska County, Iowa
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy