Elmer L. Syverson, M. D. Biography


This biography appears on page 272 in "History of Dakota Territory" by George W. Kingsbury, Vol. IV (1915) and was scanned, OCRed and edited by Maurice Krueger, mkrueger@iw.net.


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ELMER L. SYVERSON, M. D.   Dr. Elmer L. Syverson is a well-known and successful physician of Centerville, where he has been engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery since 1900. His birth occurred in Decorah, Iowa, on the 25th of June 1871, his parents being Christopher and Anna Syverson, the latter now deceased. In 1881 the family came to South Dakota, locating near Webster, in Day County, where the father took up a homestead claim and carried on farming for a period of thirty years. He is now living retired in California. Elmer L Syverson, who was a youth of ten years when he came to this state with his parents, obtained his early education in the district schools and also pursued a high-school course in Watertown. Subsequently he entered the University of South Dakota at Vermilion, from which institution he was graduated in 1896, and then took up the study of medicine in the College of Physicians &; Surgeons at Chicago, Illinois, winning the degree of M. D. in 1900. He opened an office in Centerville, South Dakota, and has there remained to the present time, having been accorded a gratifying practice that has steadily grown as his skill and ability have become more widely recognized. With the advanced work of the profession he keeps in close touch through his membership in the Yankton Medical Society, the South Dakota State Medical Society and the American Medical Association.


In June 1904, Dr. Syverson was united in marriage to Miss Ethelwyn Austin, a daughter of Dr. H. A. Austin, of Michigan. They now have two children, Thelma and Elwyn, who are nine and six years of age respectively. The Doctor exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the Republican Party and is a most public-spirited citizen who takes a deep and helpful interest in the development and progress of his community and commonwealth. His religious faith is that of the Congregational church and its teachings find exemplification in his life. A third of a century has passed since his arrival in South Dakota and the state has long numbered him among its able physicians and esteemed citizens.