Frederick C Monks


FREDERICK C. MONKS, M.D., one of the distinguished physicians of Armstrong county, and a public-spirited citizen of Kittanning, was born at Curllsville, Pa., May 30, 1861, son of Thomas B. and Emily F. (Rohrer) Monks and grandson of William Monks.

Rev. William Monks, his grandfather, was a Methodist preacher who ministered to the people in a number of communities in Pennsylvania during his active years. He died at Tallmadge, Ohio, about 1869.

Thomas B. Monks, son of William, served as a captain in the Union army during the Civil war, being in charge of Company C, 62d Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, but after two years was obliged to resign on account of failing health. After recovering his health he became a contractor, and later a merchant. Subsequently he was made cashier of the bank at Tidioute, Pa., and while occupying that position was appointed postmaster. He also served as deputy sheriff. Having studied civil engineering in his youth, he put his knowledge of that profession to use throughout his life. When death claimed him, he was a resident of Kansas City, Mo., dying from the results of a fall while he was superintending some work for which he had a contract. His three children were: William, who died when six years old; Dr. Frederick C.; and May, widow of William M. Byers, of Cleveland, Ohio.

Frederick C. Monks attended public and high school in Tidioute, Warren county, later entering Allegheny College, Meadville, Pa., from which he was graduated in the class of 1882. He then entered the drug business at Kittanning with George S. Rohrer & Co., subsequently removing to Valley City, N. Dak., where he continued in the same line. Resolving upon a medical career, he entered the University Medical College of Kansas City, Mo., and was graduated therefrom in March, 1891. That same year, he came back to Kittanning, which has continued to be his home, and here he has built up a large and constantly increasing practice. Professionally he belongs to the Armstrong County Medical Society, the State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. Dr. Monks has served the county medical society both as secretary and president, and has been sent several times as delegate to both the State and National medical conventions. Fraternally he belongs to Blue Lodge No. 244, F. & A.M., of Kittanning, and the Orient Chapter No. 247, R.A.M. His religious home is in the Methodist Episcopal Church.

In 1900 Dr. Monks married Mabel A. Allison, daughter of Dr. Thomas M. Allison, of Kittanning. Two children have been born to Dr. and Mrs. Monks, Margaret A. and Emily A.

Source: Page 953, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed December 1998 by Kathy Zagorac for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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