Milton C. Harbison, a practicing physician of Big River Township, is the son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Bowles) Harbison, and was born near Manchester, St. Louis County, in 1846. The father was born in Kentucky about 1810, and when a small boy was brought by his father, Archibald Harbison, to St. Louis County, where he was married about 1831. He was a man of very limited education, was a farmer, and in 1849 crossed the plains to California, where he soon after died of cholera. His father was also a native of Kentucky, and his mother was born in Dublin, Ireland.
Milton's mother was born near St. Louis, about 1817, and died April, 1871.
She had been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church since fifteen
years of age, and her husband was also a member of the same church. Her
people were formerly from Virginia. In 1852 she married William Price,
who died about 1884. The Doctor was reared on the farm, receiving a
country school education, and at the age of twenty began the study of
physics with Dr. E. B. Bowles, a cousin. Here he remained for one year
after which he spent some months with Dr. E. J. Thurman, of Fenton, and
in 1868 entered St. Louis Medical College. He began practicing in Big
River Township, where he has met with well deserved success, and is now
one of the foremost physicians of Jefferson County. He has now a fine
farm of 160 acres, situated one mile northwest of Morse's Mill. He left
college in poor health and $500 in debt; the former was overcome by rustic
living, and the latter by close application to his profession. December,
1869 he married Miss Amanda, daughter of Madison and Nancy Graham, natives
of Jefferson Co., where they spent their entire lives. The father died in
1882 and the mother is still living. To the Doctor and wife were born nine
children, viz.: Mary, Charley, Delos, Frederick, Gertrude, Clyde, Edwina, Kate and May. The Doctor is an earnest worker for the cause of education,
and was instrumental in establishing a good school in the neighborhood.
In politics he has been a life long and consistent Democrat, and cast his
first presidential vote for Seymour, in 1868. He is a member in good
standing in the Masonic lodge, and is also a member of the A. O. U. W.
Mrs. Harbison has been a member of the Baptist Church since her fifteenth year.