Dr. James Martin Peebles Obituary

Los Angeles Times,

February 16, 1922

Dr. Peebles Passes Away at Home
Just before His Hundredth Birthday

Death thirty-six days before his birthday anniversary prevented Dr. James Martin Peebles from realizing his ambition to live 100 years.  He died at 3:30 p.m. yesterday at his apartment at 1839 South Main Street [Los Angeles].  He had been ill for nearly a year with valvular trouble of the heart, but had striven by will power to continue his life until March 23, when he would have been 100 years of age.  Dr. N. MacFarlane, the attending physician, stated that the patient’s advanced age prevented his recovery.  The body was taken to Pierce Brothers’s undertaking establishment, where the funeral will be conducted Saturday at 3 p.m.

He was born in Whittingham, VT., and was graduated from Oxford Academy in Chenango County, N.Y. in 1841.  He later won degrees at Pennsylvania University of Medicine and Surgery and Philadelphia University.  He owned and operated a number of publications, and he toured the world five times, lecturing in oriental countries. 

He was a member of the Indian Peace Commission which in 1868 settled Indian troubles in the Middle West, and in 1869 he was United States Consul at Trebizond, Turkey.  Later he represented the American Arbitration League at the International Peace Conference in Paris.

One of his oft-repeated remarks was “I am truly an eclectic not only in medicine, but in all things.”  In evidence of this he preached for several years in the pulpit of the Universalist Church, Baltimore, before the Civil War.  Then he became an Episcopalian and later a Spiritualist and Theosophist. 

For three years Dr. Peebles was professor in the Eclectic Medical College of Cincinnati, he was president of the California College of Sciences for four years, and in 1914 he founded and became president of the Peebles College of Science and Philosophy in Los Angeles.  He founded the California Centenarian Club and served as president of the California Humanitarian League.  He was a member of numerous societies organized for advancement of science, art, health, philosophy and psychic research. 

Dr. Peebles married Miss Mary M. Conkey in Canton, N.Y.  She died many years ago, and their three children died in infancy.  His sister, Mrs. C.C. Beach of Battle Creek, is the only close relative. 

In addition to his widely read book, “How to Live a Century” he wrote eleven others on religion, psychology and similar subjects. 

From the Los Angeles Times,
Los Angeles, California
Morning Edition, Printed February 16, 1922