DR. H. P. MOULTON, of Petersburg, whose practice is very extensive, showing that his skill has won him the confidence of the public, was born in Maquoketa, Iowa, on the 7th of December, 1873. He is a son of Thomas J. and Lovina (Coleman) Moulton, the former a native of New York and the latter of Ontario. His paternal grandfather, Thomas J. Moulton, Sr., died when his son and namesake was only two years of age and the grandmother afterward removed to Iowa in the '40s, locating in Jackson county among its earlier frontier settlers. There the father of the Doctor was reared to the occupation of farming amid the scenes and environments of pioneer life and after attaining his majority he continued on the old family homestead, where he carried on general farming interests with success. At length his labors brought to him a handsome competence with which he retired from business life in 1898 and has since made his home in Maquoketa, the county seat, in the enjoyment of a well earned rest. He is recognized as a man of superior judgment and high moral character and is accorded a foremost position among Jackson county's most public-spirited and worthy citizens. He possessed strong native talent and intellectual force, combined with breadth of mental vision, and his influence has been a potent factor for good in his community.
Dr. Moulton, the third in order of birth in a family of six children, acquired his preliminary education in the public schools of Jackson county and afterward entered the University of Iowa, as a student in the medical department, where he spent two years. He next matriculated in the Chicago Homeopathic Medical College, from which institution he was graduated with the class of 1899, and following the completion of his course there he came to Petersburg, where he located for practice, opening an office on the west side of courthouse square. Almost from the beginning a profitable patronage has been accorded him, for he soon demonstrated his ability to successfully cope with the intricate problems which continually confront the physician in his diagnosis and treatment of disease. He has high regard for the ethics of the profession and has won the respect and good will of his professional brethren as well as of the general public. He makes a specialty of the treatment of diseases of women and children, having devoted much time to those studies while in college. He is an up-to-date physician, keeping well posted on the latest discoveries known to the science by his perusal of the latest medical works and he has a fine library. He is a member of the Central Illinois Homeopathic Medical Society.
On the 18th of March, 1902, Dr. Moulton was united in marriage to Miss Mary Catherine Kreigh, daughter of E. M. and Helen (Pyatt) Kreigh, of Springfield, Illinois, and theirs is one of the pleasant and hospitable homes of Petersburg. The Doctor has one brother and one sister, both of whom are graduates of the Iowa University, and the former, Mark Moulton, is now practicing law in Storm Lake, Iowa. Dr. Moulton was a member of the National Guard at Maquoketa when they were called out during the Spanish-American war and he gained considerable hospital experience at Des Moines, Iowa. He belongs to the Masonic fraternity, in which he has attained the Knight Templar degree, and is now a member of St. Aldemar commandery, No. 47, of Petersburg. He is also a member of the Modern Woodmen camp and the Odd Fellows lodge, and in the latter has filled all the chairs and is now past grand. His courteous, genial manner, as well as his professional skill, has made him popular, and he is justly classed with the representative citizens of Petersburg.