| HENRY C. ESCHBACH, M. D., a representative
physician and surgeon of Albia, Iowa, who has already gained a foremost
place in the ranks of the medical fraternity in this section of the
State, is a native of Pennsylvania. He was born near Milton, in
Northumberland county, on the 23d of October, 1856, and is a son of
David and Sarah (Eschbach) Eschbach. The family is of German origin, and
the grand-father, Nathan Eschbach, was a native of Germany, who,
crossing the Atlantic, became one of the early settlers of that portion
of Northampton county which afterward became Lehigh county. The Doctor's
father was born in the Keystone State, and by occupation was a farmer.
Thus our subject is one more representative of that class of farmer boys who have entered professional life to become prominent in their chosen calling. He was reared on the old family homestead near Milton, and the district schools afforded him his preliminary education. Subsequently he entered Turbotville Academy, and later Franklin and Marshall Academy at Lancaster. His preparatory work now being completed, he became a student in Franklin and Marshall College, and there continued his literary education. His taste and inclination seeming to call him to the medical profession, he began reading text-books on this subject, and later became a student in the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in the medical department with the class of 1883. He at once came to the West, locating in Des Moines, where he engaged in practice for two years. He then removed to Jasper county, Iowa, where he also practiced two years. In 1887 he came to Albia, where he is now well established in business, having a large and lucrative patronage.
In 1892 Mr. Eschbach was united in marriage to Miss Augusta Coe, of Peterboro, New York, daughter of Duane W. Coe. They have one daughter, Florence. Widely and favorably known in Albia, their friends are many. The Doctor is deeply interested in his profession, and sees in it something beyond the remuneration it may bring. He is a close student, who keeps thoroughly abreast with the progress of the times, and therefore is constantly improving. He is now a member and director of the Des Moines Valley Medical Association and a member of the Iowa State Medical Society, the Tri-State Medical Society, the American Medical Association and the National Association of Railroad Surgeons.
Source: Anonymous. A Memorial and biographical record of Iowa. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1896, Volume 2, p. 673.