â€œHistory of Huntington County, Indianaâ€1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 430-31
Russell S. Galbreath, M. D. One of the younger physicians of Huntington county, Dr. Galbreath has made an excellent record in his profession since opening his office at Huntington in 1911. From the first he was recognized as a young man of high standards, and exceptional equipment, and in the fall of 1912 was honored by the citizens on election to the office of coroner.
Russell S. Galbreath was born in Whitley county, Indiana, December 1, 1887. His parents are Martin L. and Ellen (Puterbaugh) Galbreath, his father being a native of Kosciusko county, Indiana. Martin L. Galbreath has long been one of the prominent men of Whitley county, spending his early career as a farmer and stockman, and later his interests and activities extending to banking. On the organization of the Farmers Trust Company at Columbia City, Indiana, he was made manager, and still holds that position. There his farming interests are likewise extensive.
Dr. Russell S. Galbreath spent his boyhood in Whitley county, and most of his education was obtained from the Columbia City high schools, where he graduated in 1907. He soon afterward entered the medical department of the Northwestern University of Chicago, where he completed the prescribed course, and was graduated M. D. with the class of 1911. Already he had selected his place for practice and at once opened his office in Huntington. The doctor was soon established on a prosperous basis, and now has about all the practice he can attend to. His medical library and equipment of instruments and other facilities for practice will compare with those of many older physicians.
During the first year of his residence in Huntington county, Dr. Galbreath served as deputy coroner, under Dr. Wilking. In November, 1912, he was elected coroner of Huntington county, for the regular term of one year. He was also the first medical inspector of school children, but resigned the office to accept that of coroner, in which he has proved a capable official. Among the other professional relations he has membership in the Huntington County Medical Society, and the State Medical Society. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Modern Woodmen of America, the Knights of the Maccabees, the Tribe of Ben Hur, the Loyal Order of Moose, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and is medical examiner for all these well known fraternities. On the democratic side he takes an active part in political affairs, and in every way is a most genial gentleman. He is a member of the Presbyterian church. Dr. Galbreath in 1910 married Miss Flossie Beezley. They are the parents of one son, Robert.