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“Kiro” meaning done by hand, and “Prak-tik” meaning done skillfully. They are Greek words. So “Chiropractic,” meaning “done skilfully by the hands,” was adopted in 1895.

Rev. Weed served during the Civil War and was one of the oldest United Presbyterian ministers in the state at the time of his death. He is survived by seven daughters, two sons and sixteen grandchildren. In recent years he translated the entire New Testament from the original Greek.

1927 (Sept): The Chiropractor [23(9)] includes:

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    “Passing of Clergyman Who Coined the Word ‘Chiropractic’” (p.


Rev. Samuel H. Weed, 88 years of age, pioneer minister of the United Presbyterian church in this vicinity, later a pastor of churches in Rock Island and Henry counties for many years, died Thursday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock in his home at 912 East Second avenue, Monmouth. His health had been failing for the last several months, and his condition had begun to be critical Monday morning.

Rev. Mr. Weed was born near Kirklin, Ind., Nov. 5, 1843, being the younger of the two sons of Nathaniel and Jane Turner Weed, and attended the schools at Northern Depot, Ind., later being graduated from Indiana university and Xenia Theological seminary, which at that time was located at Monmouth, Ill.

As a defender of his country, Mr. Weed started as a member of the “home guards,” an organization of state militia, and participated in the chasing of Morgan, the famous raider, and later served in the Civil war in Company K, 133rd Indiana volunteer infantry, being mustered out at Bridgeport, Ala. His brother, James Andrew Weed, died of fever in an army hospital near the close of the war.

Under appointment as a home missionary, Rev. Mr. Weed was assigned to the task of building up a congregation at Colona, and his work as a pioneer minister in western Illinois covered the pastorates of the Pleasant Unity church, which was located on the Woodburn homestead between Hillsdale ad Port Byron, and that of the Homestead United Presbyterian church, near Coal Valley, he having built the church at Colona and secured for it the large bell that is now in use in the Spencer Memorial Methodist church in Rock Island. His ordination to the ministry took place in the old United Presbyterian church, at that time located at Tenth and Scott Streets, Davenport.

Known as Boy Pastor Before the church at Colona was erected, the services were conducted in Howard’s hall, where the young “beardless boy preacher,” as he was known by many, had living quarters, and also for several winters conducted a night school, giving a business course and vocal music training to many of the young people of the community who had been given only limited opportunities along these lines. the old melodeon which was first used for school and church purposes in the Colona hall is still in possession of the Weed family, and used by the grandchildren.

July 14, 1869, Rev. Mr. Weed was married to Miss Mary Jane Davidson, the ceremony being performed by Rev. Henry Wallace, then pastor of the First United Presbyterian church in Rock Island. Miss Bella Cooke of Rock Island was in attendance at this wedding. Mrs. Weed made her home for five years with the late Hugh Warnock at 423 Second street, Rock Island.

Some years ago Rev. Mr. Weed, who had been in failing health, became interested in Dr. D.D. Palmer, and, after giving the subject considerable thought, he suggested to Dr. Palmer the name chiropractic, and that word as coined by Mr. Weed has continued in use.



Of the 11 children born to Rev. and Mrs. Weed, nine are now living. They include James A. Weed, 1047 Twelfth street, Rock Island; Mrs. A. Campbell Bailey, Moline; Miss Georgia C. Weed, at home in Monmouth; Miss Ethel L. Weed, of the United Presbyterian mission in Alexandria, Egypt; Mrs. Margaret Edith Gillette, who, with her husband, Dr. Charles Gillette, is in this country on furlough from the mission work at Pagodo Anchorage, near Foochow, China; Mrs. Theodore M. Millen, Monmouth; Robert Henry Weed, of Parma, Idaho; Mrs. Everett McCallister, Carmi, Ill., and Mrs. Carroll V. Day, Kansas City, Mo.

The funeral arrangements have not been completed, awaiting word as to the arrival of Robert H. Weed from Parma, Idaho. Burial will be in the Monmouth cemetery in the family lot. -- Rock Island Argus.

1927 (Dec): National Journal of Chiropractic" (14[12] 8?) with which is incorporated the N.C.C. Progressive" is published by the National College of Chiropractic; "A. Budden, D.C., Ph.C." is Dean of the college and editor of the National Journal of Chiropractic; notes death of Arthur L. Forster, M.D., D.C., former dean, on 4/5/31 from "heart failure" at age 47

1928 (Apr): The Hawkeye Chiropractor [3(5)], edited by Charles

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      Caster, D.C. of Burlington IA, includes:

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    “Fred H. Hartwell Dead” (p. 4): This is startling news that produced a shock to all of us like a bolt of lightning from a clear sky when we received the telegram that he had passed away last night, April 3rd, at 6:30 p.m. From what we can piece together from meager information it seems as though he must have been in some accident at some time and death followed later.

Mr. Hartwell was an attorney of rare ability with a reputation that carried him to every State in the Union. It will be remembered that Mr. Hartwell, in 1906, was one of the big factors in starting the U.C.A. For twenty-five years he has been connected with the legal fight of Chiropractic and in all that time he has proven his sterling worth and integrity. In the last couple of years he became associated again with the Chiropractic Legal Protective Association, being with us at the formation of the C.H.B., and has been its counsel since that time.

In the loss of Mr. Hartwell we are losing not only a sincere friend, but a man of brilliant legal ability…

1928 (Apr): The Chiropractor includes photo of Fred H. Hartwell, with caption "Late General Counsel of the The Chiropractic Health Bureau, Born March 3, 1874; Died April 3, 1928" (page number?)

1928 (Sept): The Chiropractor prints "The Passing of Tom

Morris" with photo of Mr. Morris (page number??):

It is with much regret that we inform our readers of the sudden death of Tom Morris who for twenty-five years was associated

intimately with of the UCA.

Chiropractic, being during He was probably one of







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time General counsel best known men in death coming only a

few was

months after that of his former attorney for the CHB, is doubly

partner, tragic.





Mr. Morris was from Wisconsin and had received signal political honors from the voters of that state. The following article concerning his death is taken from "The Chicago Tribune" of September 18, 1928.

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