The History of South Carolina - Biographical Volume IV - The American
Historical Society, Inc. - New York, 1934/ Copyright 1935
Medicus Emmett Ellis, M.D. - Engaged in the practice of medicine at Hampton until his death, January 31, 1934, Medicus Emmett Ellis, M.D., served his fellowmen and their institutions very effectively; and his labors brought him their warm esteem and respect. The centrality of his interests about a fundamental desire to serve others was manifest in his choice of a profession and his conduct in civic life, but especially so in his consistent helping of the school children and the poor of Hampton County through giving them medical care, treatment and advice free of charge when it was needed.
Dr. Ellis was born at Stafford Cross Road on October 29, 1891, son of William Jefferson and Lilly Dora (Fleming) Ellis. The Ellises are an old family who came originally from the northern part of England. Dr. Ellis' father, William Jefferson Ellis, was also a physician. The mother's family were of German descent.
In his native region of South Carolina, Medicus Emmett Ellis received his early formal education; and he attended high school at Hampton. Later he became a student at the Medical College of the State of South Carolina where he took the degree of Doctor of Medicine; and he also studied at the Charlotte Clinic, at Charlotte, North Carolina. Meanwhile, through the course of his youth, Dr. Ellis worked with his father at a sawmill, and was engaged for a time in the mercantile business, having been employed for ten years by Hoover Brothers. This varied experience had served him well; but all the while he had been looking forward to the time when he might more effectively realize his ideals of unselfishness. He had believed that the most likely channel in which his abilities might be directed was the medical profession, but had scarcely thought it possible that he would one day be able to carry his ambitions into action.
Then came his period of study at medical college, as noted above, which he carried to its conclusion despite the sacrifice of time and financial remuneration that were entailed. It was in 1914 that he opened his offices for the general practice of medicine; and in this important work he continued to the end. He devoted a great deal of energy to health clinic activities, realizing the essential value and necessity of a place to which the needy, especially children, could come for medical treatment and receive it without payment of fees. The work that he performed in this connection constituted a distinct public service, of which Hampton and Hampton County may well be proud; for all who knew Dr. Ellis knew him as a generous and skillful physician, a public-spirited citizen, and a kindly friend.
Quite aside from his participation in the work of his profession through his own practice, he figured prominently in the affairs of medical organizations. He was a member of the leading groups of professional men, including the American Medical Association, the South Carolina State Medical Society, and the Hampton County Medical Society. Of the Hampton County Group, he was a past president. He served for three or four terms as a county physician, another office in which he distinguished himself by useful performance of duty.
Conducting a farm of about thirty-five acres in addition to his medical practice, Dr. Ellis did a great deal of trucking and potato raising. He also had an extensive fruit orchard. Along with his labors as county physician of Hampton County, he rendered other public service of value, notably as a warden of Hampton, a member of the board of school trustees of his municipality, and a member of the county board of education. His church was the Lutheran. He also had important fraternal affiliations, including memberships in the Knights of Pythias and the Woodmen of the World, and was a member of the Black Swamp Hunting Club. Busy as he was Dr. Ellis took time to indulge his love of quiet and healthful outdoor diversions, of which he had always been fond; and he devoted not a little time to his favorite hobby, the cultivation of flowers. His own yard was always a beauty spot of Hampton. He derived a great deal of satisfaction also from his farming operations, to which he gave considerable attention when the pressure of professional duty was not too great.
Dr. Medicus Emmett Ellis married, in Ninety-Six, Greenwood County, South Carolina, on December 31, 1919, Elise De Vore Ellison, a graduate of Coker College and a teacher for fifteen years in South Carolina. By this marriage, Dr. and Mrs. Ellis became the parents of one child, a daughter, Elaine De Vore Ellis.
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