Biography of L. David Enloe, M.D.

Dr. L. David Enloe, a veteran of the World war, now devoting his attention to medical practice in Jefferson City, was here born November 25, 1891, his parents being Dr. Isaac N. and Rebecca (Short) Enloe, who were also natives of Missouri. The father was born in Moniteau county in 1860 and passed away on the 15th of February, 1921. He had acquired his early education in the schools of his native county and afterward pursued a medical course in the Missouri Medical College of St. Louis, from which he was graduated in 1883 with the M. D. degree. He then entered upon general practice in St. Thomas, where he remained for about six years. Later he removed to Jefferson City, where he continued to follow his profession. He was elected coroner of Cole county and still higher official positions were conferred upon him, for he was chosen on two different occasions to serve his district in the state legislature, making an excellent record by his devotion to interests of benefit to the commonwealth. He also belonged to the Jefferson City school board for sixteen years, serving as president during twelve years o1 the time, and no more stalwart champion of the cause of public education in this city was ever found, nor one who did more effective work for the benefit and improvement of the schools. He also at one time made the race on the republican ticket for congress in the eighth district of Missouri. He ranked for many years as one of the foremost citizens of Jefferson City, one who had steadily aided in pushing forward the wheels of progress, always supporting those interests of vital concern to the welfare of the community. In his death the city and the state sustained the loss of one of their most valued and honored representatives. At all times he kept in close touch with the progress and advancement of his profession and belonged to the Cole County, Missouri State and American Medical Associations. He was likewise an exemplary representative of the Masonic fraternity and was buried with all Masonic honors on the 17th of February, 1921, in the Enloe cemetery, by the side of his wife, who passed away in 1908 in San Diego, California, whither she had gone for the benefit of her health.

Dr. L. David Enloe, after mastering the preliminary branches of learning in the common schools of Jefferson City, became a high school pupil at San Diego, California, where he was graduated in 1909. He afterward pursued a medical course in the Washington University of St. Louis, Missouri, and was there graduated in 1913 with the M. D. degree. He later spent one year as interne in the St. Louis City Hospital and thereby gained that broad and valuable experience which hospital work brings. He next entered upon the general practice of medicine in his native city in 1914 and his record here soon became one in contradistinction to the old adage that a prophet is not without honor save in his own country, for in the city where his birth occurred Dr. Enloe soon gained prestige and prominence as a most capable physician.

At the time of the World war he enlisted and was commissioned a first lieutenant in the Medical Corps in December. 1917. He was then called to active service on the 11th of February, 1918, and was sent to the Base Hospital at Camp Pike, where he remained for five months. He was then transferred to Devens, Massachusetts, and was located at Base Hospital, No. 76. He went overseas on the 1st of September, 1918, landing at Liverpool, England. He thence proceeded to Southampton and crossed the channel to Le Havre, France, being stationed at Base Hospital, No. 76, at Vichy, France, until the armistice was signed. He was then sent into Germany to Evacuation Hospital, No. 3, at Treves and later was transferred to Evacuation Hospital, No. 19, at Treves, where he remained until ordered to the United States. Sailing for home he landed at New York August 13, 1919, and obtained his honorable discharge at Camp Dodge, Iowa. On the 15th of September he returned to Jefferson City, where he resumed practice and is now filling the office of county coroner of Cole county.

In 1918 Dr. Enloe was married in St. Louis to Miss Dorothy V. Agee of Louisiana, Missouri. He and his wife have a wide acquaintance in Jefferson City and enjoy the hospitality of the best homes here. They are members of the Christian church and Dr. Enloe belongs to the Masonic fraternity, holding membership in Jefferson Lodge, No. 43, while his political endorsement is given to the republican party. He is fond of all outdoor sports, enjoying golf and bunting when the opportunity permits, but his activity and interest center in the line of his profession and his work of that character displays the utmost conscientiousness and faithfulness to duty. He belongs to the Missouri State Medical Association and his prominence in local professional circles is indicated in the fact that he was recently honored with election to the presidency of the Cole County Medical Society.


Stevens, Walter B. Centennial History of Missouri (The Center State) One Hundred Years In The Union 1820-1921 Vol 6. St. Louis-Chicago: The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company. 1921.

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