SAMUEL TRIBLE, M.D., became a resident of this county in 1836, and from that time to the present, with the exception of a few earlier years, has been a potent factor in its prosperity, particularly in agricultural affairs. He is now living at Piasa, to which place he removed from the homestead in 1885. He is the owner of the celebrated Mad Stone, which was exhibited at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia and which has been tested many times and successfully demonstrated its curative properties. Dr. Trible guarantees to cure bites and wounds caused by mad dogs, and hydrophobia, and makes no charge if he does not succeed. He frequently goes with the best physicians in the county to points where rabid animals have bitten people, and he is looked upon quite in the light of a public benefactor. Although he does not practice medicine he holds a diploma from the College of Philadelphia.
Dr. Trible was born in Devonshire, England, November, 1821, and is the elder son of Samuel and Susan (Trible) Trible. The family came to America in 1836, and set up their home on a tract of raw prairie in this county. The mother died in September after their arrival, and the father lived only until August of the ensuing year, when he joined his companion on the other shore. In accordance with his father's wish Samuel Trible remained on the farm and looked to the interests of himself. The younger son was aided to a thorough education and became a graduate from Shurtleff College in Alton. He studied law and practiced in Alton, of which city he became attorney. He resigned the position when the Civil War broke out and entered the service as Captain. He was wounded at the battle of Arkansas Post and died a few days later. He left one son, now Dr. John Trible, of Waverly, this State.
Our subject improved the farm, replacing the cabin that was first built thereon for a better dwelling, and gradually adding other structures, as the work carried on made necessary or convenient. He now owns four hundred acres of land all well improved and when, in 1885, he decided to take up his residence elsewhere, he bought good property across the road within the limits of Piasa. His home is not only supplied with every comfort but has some features very unusual. Perhaps the most conspicuous is a pipe organ which he bought while in England on a visit to his uncle. Mr. Trible sojourned in Europe eighteen months and greatly enjoyed the sights of the Old World, although he was quite willing to return to America to live.
The lady who presides over Dr. Trible's home bore the maiden name of Mattie Reynolds, and to them there have been born five children. But one of these survives, a son, George. Dr. Trible has never desired public office, but is public spirited and liberal handed. He gave the ground on which the Methodist Episcopal Church stands and that which is used for the cemetery, donated a mile of right of way to the railroad and grounds for the depot. He votes the Republican ticket and can give a good reason for so doing. His religious home is in the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was a hard worker in early life, even keeping house for himself while he was improving the homestead, and he knows what it is to struggle and toil. He is able, therefore, to sympathize with others and to point out the honest industrious line of life which will lead to success. For the pioneer work he has done, the upright life he has lived, and the interest he has shown in progress, he is esteemed by all who know him.