Dr. Summerfield Saunders Still

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Dr. Summerfield Saunders Still

Birthplace: Macon County, Missouri, United States
Death: November 20, 1931 (79)
Kirksville, Adair County, MO, United States
Place of Burial: Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Dr. James Moore Still and Rahab Mercy Still
Husband of Rosella Belmont Still
Father of Dr. George A. Still and Delia Brunk
Brother of Martha E. Still; Mary F. Craig and James Abram Still

Occupation: Osteopathic physician
Managed by: Tamás Flinn Caldwell-Gilbert
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About Dr. Summerfield Saunders Still


Summerfield Saunders Still (1851-1931) was an osteopath and founder of a school of osteopathy. Still and his wife Ella Daugherty married in 1891 and had two children, Persus (Percy) who became a surgeon, and Christina.

Dr Summerfield Saunders Still BIRTH 7 Dec 1851 Macon County, Missouri, USA DEATH 20 Nov 1931 (aged 79) Kirksville, Adair County, Missouri, USA BURIAL Woodland Cemetery Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA PLOT Block: 23 Section: Lot: 00003 MEMORIAL ID 27316089 · View Source MEMORIAL PHOTOS 6 FLOWERS 2 PLANT TREES Son of Dr. James Moore Still and Rahab Meray (Saunders).

From the book, "DES MOINES AND POLK COUNTY FLAG ON THE PRAIRIE" by Barbara Beving Long Henning and Patrice K. Beam. Page 185: Dr. S.S. Still established the Still College of Osteopathy now known as the Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center.

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The Des Moines Register: Summerfield Saunders Still was a late bloomer. He was in his 40s before deciding to devote his life to healing. The college he later founded that bore his name was the forerunner of today's Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center. Still's specialty was osteopathic medicine. His goal was to bring higher standards and increased respect to the system and philosophy of healing that employs manipulative techniques on the spine and joints to achieve the body's normal healthful status. Born in Macon County, Mo., Still was the son of James Still, a medical doctor trained in Chicago, and Rahab Saunders Still. The family moved to Kansas, where young Still was educated at Blue Mound, Eudora and Baker University at Baldwin. He taught for awhile, and then attended the University of Kansas. For a decade, Still conducted a mercantile business at Maryville, Mo., before refocusing his energies. In 1893, he enrolled at the American School of Osteopathy in Kirksville, Mo., founded by his uncle, Andrew Taylor Still, the developer of osteopathy and the president of the school. After graduating, Still remained to teach at Kirksville and was considered an expert in anatomy. By 1898, the year Iowa legalized the practice of osteopathy, Still was in Des Moines to start his own school, the second such osteopathic school in the nation. At his side was his professional partner and wife, Ella Daugherty Still, a respected gynecologist and teacher. Their new S.S. Still College and Hospital of Osteopathy was first located at 1429 Locust St., and they also acquired a building across the street at 1422-28 Locust. The couple had married in 1877 and had two children, George, who became a noted surgeon, and Delia.Always one to continue learning, S.S. Still studied law at Drake University, receiving degrees in 1903 and 1904. Throughout his life, Still was known as a voracious reader and a wonderful conversationalist who could discuss a wide range of subjects. In 1905, Still sold his interests in the school and devoted himself to private practice until 1913. He then became an anatomy professor at the Kirksville school and, after his son's accidental gunshot death in 1922, succeeded him as president of the facility, serving two years. From 1924 on, Still contributed a column to the Kirksville Graphic newspaper, with his last column published the day of his death. The physician's body was brought back to Des Moines the next day for burial at Woodland Cemetery. Contributor: Jean Wilson

Family Members Parents Photo James Moore Still 1826–1907

Photo Rahab Mercy Saunders Still 1831–1907

Spouse Photo Rosella Bellmont Daugherty Still 1856–1938

Siblings Photo Martha E. Still 1851–1867

Photo Mary F. Still Craig 1855–1927

Photo James Abram Still 1858–1914

Children Photo George A. Still 1882–1922

Photo Delia Still Brunk 1883–1962


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Dr. Summerfield Saunders Still's Timeline

December 7, 1851
Macon County, Missouri, United States
March 12, 1882
Eudora, Douglas County, KS, United States
November 20, 1931
Age 79
Kirksville, Adair County, MO, United States
Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, United States