Dr. Sadie Lindeberg was born at Sadie, Montana (later called Calabar and then Sheffield) on April 6, 1884. Her parents were Nels and Hanna Nelson Lindeberg. She was the first white child born in that area.
She attended school in Miles City and graduated from high school in 1901. She did substitute teaching until she entered college in 1903. She graduated from the Medical School of the University of Michigan in 1907. She did a one year internship at the Women and Children's Hospital in Chicago, then returned home to Miles City and began her long career in practicing as a medical doctor. She opened her office on September 1, 1908 and practiced over 55 years.
Prior to her retirement she was the only local doctor who was practicing when the Holy Rosary Hospital first went into operation. There were only three women doctors in Montana when she started, that was in the horse and buggy days. There was no hospital in Miles City so the first few years her practice was in the homes and her office. Nurses (practical and registered) were scarce, and she had to spend long hours with her maternity cases. She had delivered over 8,000 babies before she moved from her downtown office to one in her home.
Many honors were conferred on Dr. Sadie Lindeberg during the last years of her work. In 1953 she was named "Woman of the Year" by the Business and Professional Women's Club of Miles City. She received the Emeritus Pin from the University of Michigan in 1959 for her half century of service. She was honored by the Montana Medical Association in 1957. The Half Century Club awarded the cane to her in 1958.
Dr. Sadie Lindeberg died at the new Holy Rosary Hospital on Friday afternoon, February 7, 1969, at the age of 84 years 10 months and 1 day. Funeral services were held in the chapel of Graves Funeral Home (Kenneth Rudolph, director) at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12, 1969. Rev. Leslie Payne, Chaplain of Pine Hills School officiated. Mrs. Betty McDonald sang "The Lord is My Shepherd" and "Tenderly He Watches Over You" accompanied by Mrs. Esther C. Benson, organist.
She was a member of Custer Chapter No. 25 Order of Easter Star, Esther White Shrine of Jerusalem, and the Half Century Club of southeastern Montana.
Survivors included two daughters, Mrs. Walter (Jean) Stenken of Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, and Mrs. Helen Reynolds of Idaho Falls, Idaho; two brothers, Nels Lindeberg of Miles City and Joe Lindeberg of Seattle; four grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The pallbearers were Vern Hill, Glenn Crone, Gordon Spear, John Stockhill, Russell Shore, and Don Schott. Interment was in the family lot of the Custer County Cemetery.
From Chit Chat with Pat - April 8, 1962: Dr. Sadie Lindeberg observed her 78th birthday on Friday, April 6. She is a native of this area. In 1960 the American Medical Association sent her a 50-year pin and certificate - indicating that only 3 other women in the U.S. are members of the 50 year club of the AMA, so this is quite a special honor. There are 500 male members. - A Range Riders Museum Story.
When her practice was quite new Dr. Lindeberg delivered Eleanor Drake (Harbaugh) August 1, 1910. May 7, 1942, she delivered Eleanor's son, Loren, and on March 16, 1964, she delivered Loren's daughter, Mianne Harbaugh (Jenrich). I believe this was the last baby she delivered.
By Half Century Club
Custer County Area History As We Recall