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Dora (Doris) Meister, M.D. (1878-1973)
Born in Bay city, MI - practiced medicine at Summitville, Madison Co. IN.

1919 biography. (Added March, 2012)

Indiana and Indianians History, Vol. 4, 1919.


Among the women who have proved their ability and faithfulness in a profession formerly opened only to men, one whose work has long commended her to the confidence of the people of Anderson is Dr. Doris Meister, who began practice ten years ago after graduation from medical college and is now in the fully enjoyment of a splendid practice earned and merited by her work and attainments.

Doctor Meister was born at Bay City, Michigan, a daughter of William and Rosa (Schindler) Meister. Her parents were both natives of Germany and her father came to America from Berlin in 1862. Her mother came over in young womanhood. They were married at Saginaw, Michigan, November 11, 1864, and for many years her father was engaged in merchandising at Bay City.

Dr. Doris Meister was the youngest of four children. She was educated in the common and high schools of Bay City, graduating in 1889. From childhood she had shown special ability in being useful in times of illness and is a natural born nurse. In 1892 she entered St. Mary's College at Notre Dame, Indiana, remaining three years in literary studies, her parents having moved from Bay City to South Bend. In 1895 the family took up their home at Elwood, Indiana, and in 1896 Doctor Meister entered Fairmount Academy at Fairmont, Indiana, specializing in chemistry and laboratory science. At the end of 2-1/2 years she gradated in 1899. In 1898 the family had moved to Summitville, Indiana, and Doris Meister followed her work at Fairmount with a term of general science and chemistry in the Marion Normal School. At Summitville she studied a year and nine months under Dr. Etta Charles, and from there entered in 1903 the Indiana Medical College at Indianapolis, from which she was graduated Doctor of Medicine in 1907. All the expenses of her schooling she paid from her own earnings, and she had to overcome many handicaps and face not a few discouragements in her determined advance to win a position in the medical fraternity. After her graduation Doctor Meister came to Anderson in 1907, and opened an office at 1127 Meridian Street. That was her location until September, 1917, when she removed to her present spacious quarters in the Union Building. Doctor Meister specializes in diseases of women and children, and is a member of the staff of St. John's Hospital. She served as president and as secretary of the Madison County Medical Society, and is a member of the State Medical Society and the American Medical Association.

Additional Notes.

    1878 Michigan Births: Bay City.

  • Doris Meister was born Sep. 14, 1878, daughter of William and Rosa (Shindler) Meister.

    1880 Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Meister, William b. 1847, Germany huckster. (died 1928)
  • Rosa, wife b. 1847, Germany. (died 1920)
  • Bertha, daughter b. 1867, Mich.
  • Joseph, son b. 1870, Mich. (died 1952)
  • David, son b. 1871, Mich. (died 1941)
  • Dora, daughter b. 1879, Mich.

    1900 Census: Hartford, Blackford, Indiana.

  • Meister, William b. Apr., 1843, Germany.
  • Rosa, wife b. Aug., 1845, Germany married 44 years.
  • Dora, daughter b. Sep. 1878, Mich. - single.

    1920 Census: Madison, Indiana.

  • Hooven, E. F. - b. 1858, Ohio married.
  • Carrie, wife b. 1858, New York.
  • Mary S., daughter b. 1883, Ohio single.
  • Meister, Doris b. 1879, Mich. - single.

    1930 Census: Anderson, Madison, Indiana.

  • Dominick, Hara b. 1876, New York female (widow).
  • Woodard, Walter b. 1898, Indiana divorced.
  • Meister, Doris b. 1880, Mich. - border.

    1973 U.S. Social Security Death Index.

  • Doris Meister, born Sep. 14, 1878, died Febuary, 1973, at Anderson, Madison, Indiana. (Burial at Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN.)
Related Pages/Notes

Meister, Samuel
People Referenced
Charles, Etta Dr.
Dominick, Hara
Hooven, Carrie Mrs.
Hooven, E.F.
Hooven, Mary S.
Meister, Bertha (sis)
Meister, David (bro)
Meister, Doris M.D. (subject)
Meister, Robert (bro)
Meister, William (father)
Schindler, Rosa (mother)
Woodward, Walter
Subjects Referenced
Anderson, IN
Bay City, MI
Bay County, MI
Berlin, Germany
Blackford County, IN
Elwood, IN
Fairmont Academy
Fairmont, IN
Hartford, IN
Indiana Medical College
Indianapolis, IN
Madson County, IN
Marion Normal School
New York
Notre Dame, IN
Saginaw, MI
South Bend, IN
St. John's Hospital
St. Mary's College
Summitville, IN
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