Demands of Dr.
SAPPINGTON for medical attendance to paupers
Jefferson Democrat Feb. 16, 1887
- Febr'y 11th, 1887 - On the 10th inst. a grand
surprise was held at the residence of Dr.
L.W. SAPPINGTON, in honor of the Doctor, attended by about twenty-five or
thirty of the best citizens of Maxville and vicinity.After the citizens were welcomed, it was more
of a surprise to them to find that Mrs. Sappington, in less than no time,
furnished such a splendid supper, including oyster soup, to which everybody did
justice. After supper a few kegs of beer were dispatched, and some fine music
was furnished by parties present. Card playing was also indulged in until about
in the morning, there
being six tables filled with players.It
was a splendid affair and every one present enjoyed it hugely.
Jefferson Democrat Oct. 24, 1888
who has been located at Maxville, has been forced by failing health, occurring
from over-work and exposure, to give up practice for a while and get needed
rest. During his absence his place will be filled by Dr. F. F. Zeller of South
St. Louis, who is recommended as a skillful physician. Dr. Zeller's
father is known to many of our citizens as the owner of a large drug store in South
From "History of Franklin, Jefferson, Washington,
Crawford and GasconadeCounties", Biographical Appendix, Goodspeed
Publishing Company, 1888.
Dr. Wallace L.
Sappington, practicing physician and surgeon, residing one and one-fourth
miles north of Maxville, on the Gravel road, was born at Sappington, St.
Louis County, Mo., in 1861. He
is the son of Thomas J. and Helen (Leffingwell)
Sappington. The father was also born at Sappington, where he has lived, all his
life, and is now about fifty-six years old. He is one of the practical and
enterprising farmers and stock raisers of St. LouisCounty, is one of its prominent
citizens and active politicians, a life-long Democrat, and an ardent advocate
of low tariff. He was a stanch Union man during the late war in which he served
in the Enrolled Missouri Militia. He received agood common school education, and
graduated from the high school of St.
Charles. He is a great reader of history and all
works of general interest, and has, by his own efforts, obtained considerable
knowledge of the outside world. His fine farm consists of 600 acres, and is
well improved and well cultivated. He has been twice married; his second wife,
Julia Leffingwell, cousin of his first wife, is still
living.John Sappington, grandfather of
Wallace L., came to Missouri when
St. Louis was a mere French trading
post, and the surrounding country a vast wilderness full of Indians and wild
animals. He established a tannery where Sappington now stands, and followed the
business for many yearsyears,
the town being named in his honor. He owned a vast tract of land in the
neighborhood, which was left to his two sons and three daughters. He was a man
of considerable influence and ability, and was one of the county's first
settlers.The Doctor's mother was born
in Pennsylvania, and when a girl
came to Missouri with her
brother, Hon. Hiram Leffingwell, who served as United
States Marshall for the Eastern District of Missouri, under Gen. Grant's
administration. She died when the subject of this sketch was about ten years
old. The Doctor was reared at home and educated at KirkwoodHigh School.He began his medical studies with Dr. Henry
F. Steinhauer, for three years, and was also three
years at the St. LouisMedicalCollege, from which institution he
graduated in 1881. He then began his practice in the vicinity of Maxville,
where he has an extended and successful practice, and where he is considered
one of the promising young physicians of JeffersonCounty. He was married in 1882 to
Miss Anna, daughter of John L. and Margaret Sutton, and a native of St.
where her grandfather was one of the pioneer settlers. Her parents are still
living at Sutton, a place named in honor of the grandfather, James Sutton. The
Doctor has one child, Sadie. He is a Democrat in his political views, and cast
his first presidential vote for Grover Cleveland in 1884.He was formerly medical examiner of the A. O.
U. W. of Sappington Lodge.