MEALS, Ezra S., M.D., was born at Bendersville, Adams county, Pa., July 28, 1851. He is a son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Rice) Meals. Samuel Meals was born in Menallen township, Adams county, and was of Scotch and Welsh ancestry. He spent his entire life in his native township, where he worked at his trade of blacksmithing. From the date of his marriage he resided at Bendersville, where he still lives, at the advanced age of eighty-one years. He was for twenty-five years a justice of the peace and also filled acceptably many other offices in his native county. He raised company G, One Hundred and Thirty-eighth Pennsylvania volunteers, but did not go out with the men on account of his age. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. In politics he is a staunch Republican.
His wife, the mother of Dr. E. S. Meals, was also born in Menallen township. She was of German descent. They were married in 1839. Mrs. Meals died in 1877, at the age of fifty-five years. They had seven children, one of whom died in infancy; Isaiah died at the age of twenty-eight, and Mary Catherine, wife of Elias Peters, died February, 1895. The children living at the date of this writing are: Lucy A., wife of Hiram Yates, residing at Bendersville; Dr. Ezra S., William W., a prominent merchant of Menallen, and Ira J., a merchant of Roanoke, Va.
Dr. Ezra S. Meals received his primary education in the public schools of his native town. Later he attended the Normal School at Gettysburg, and the Tyson Academy, Flora Dale, Pa. He began the study of medicine with Dr. E.W. Mauma, of Bendersville, reading with him for a year; he subsequently studied for one year with his brother, I. J. Meals, at Mill Creek, Huntingdon county, Pa. He next spent one term in the study of medicine and pharmacy in the University of Michigan. Another year was passed under the instruction of Dr. R. B. Elderdice, of McKnightstown, Adams county. He was graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Cincinnati, Ohio, with the class of 1874, and immediately afterwards began the practice of his chosen profession at McKnightstown, purchasing the practice of his preceptor. After practicing successfully in this town for a year and a half he removed to Biglersville, Adams county, where he continued practice for the same length of time. August 16, 1877, he located in Harrisburg, since which date he has been in continuous practice in this city. He ranks among the most skillful and successful of his profession.
He was married in Biglersville, September 14, 1875, to Mary L., daughter of Henry G. and Margaret Kosser. They have two children, Ira Dale and Harry S.
Dr. Meals is now serving on the board of school directors. He was a member of the Adams County Medical Society, and now belongs to the Dauphin County Medical Institute. He is a warm supporter of the Republican party. He belongs to the Knights of Malta, and was formerly connected with other societies.