Date : 27 May 1948
Location : Riverview Cemetery, Algona, IA
Dr. F. L. Tribon, for 44 years a practicing physician in Algona, died early Sunday morning at his home on No. Thorington st.
Dr. Tribon was 84. Despite the advancing years he had been about his home and maintained a part in the daily routine until last Friday.
Funeral services have been set for 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon in the Methodist church here. Rev. O.W. Brand will officiate. He will be assisted by the Rev. F. Earl Burgess. Arrangements are by McCulloughs.
Burial will be made in the family plot in Riverview. Pallbearers, all friends of long standing will be:
Lynn Keith, A.L. Spongberg, W.A. Foster, Fred Chase, Wesley Dutton and Ed Hough.
The two daughters, Mrs. Otis Paddock of Phoenix and Mrs. Herman Leeftink of Mountain, Wis., both arrived Monday morning to be with their mother. Mrs. Paddock came by plane. Dr. Tribon's brothers, Dr. J.C. Tribon of Sumner and Dr. A.L. Tribon and Mrs. Tribon of Independence came Sunday. Mrs. Mary Lampright of Algona was with her brother the last night.
Frank Lewis Tribon was a son of Mary and Joseph Tribon. He was born Oct. 1, 1863 in Lester township, Blackhawk county. His grade school education was such as was offered in the early days.
After completing his preliminary schooling he attended Upper Iowa University at Fayette and later attended the University of Iowa. He was graduated from the university's school of medicine in 1892 and in March 1893 he came to Algona and established his office.
He was married May 26, 1898 at West Bend, Ia., to Miss Vallie Frost, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. A. M. Frost.
Prior to marriage, the doctor had started building a house on No. Thorington street and to this home he brought his bride. The house was finished after the couple were married.
It remained their home during the almost 50 years of their married life. It was there the children were born and from it two of them were buried. Twin daughters Ruth and Isabel, preceded their father in death.
Isabel died in infancy; Ruth (Mrs. Lewis Bleakly) became ill in 1931 when she was residing at Milwaukee. She was brought to the parental home where her father could treat her, but died July 5, 1931.
Doctor Tribon was a member of the Methodist church. He is survived by his wife, two daughters Mrs. Otis Paddock of Phoenix, and Mrs. Herman Leeftink of Mountain, Wis., and a son Donald of Washington, D. C.
He is also survived by 11 grandchildren.
With the death of Doctor Tribon there remains in the county only a few doctors who started in the horse and buggy days, when to answer a sick call in town meant walking over board sidewalks, and in the country driving over dirt roads.
In his years of service the doctor saw great advancement in his profession.
Passing of the older doctors marks the end of an era in which treatment was often given against great odds, under handicaps and in adverse conditions.
Had Doctor Tribon lived until tomorrow, Wednesday, May 26, he and Mrs. Tribon would have observed their golden wedding anniversary.
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