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Joseph Henry Aleshire

JOSEPH H. ALESHIRE, M. D. In every town throughout our broad land, there may be found men who are proving successful in the practice of medicine and surgery, and who are becoming known rapidly or otherwise in accordance with their skill. The town of Plainville is the seat of the labors of several physicians who manifest as much ability in the treatment of diseases as their brethren in our large cities. Among this number is Dr. Alshire, who was born in Hancock County, Ill.
     The subject of our sketch was but two years of age when he was brought by his parents to Richfield Township, this county, and here grew to mature years, receiving an excellent education in the public school and in the college at Danville, Ohio. In 1870, he went to Woodville, Ky., where he worked at his trade of a carriage manufacturer, employing his leisure time in reading medicine under Dr. E. W. Woodson , one of the most prominent physicians in the Blue Grass State. After being thus engaged for two years, he returned to this State, and at Liberty pursued his medical studies with Dr. Grimes. In the fall of 1872, he entered the St. Louis Medical College, and in the spring of the following year located at Seehorn, and began the practice of his profession. In 1877, he received the degree of Doctor of Medicine from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Keokuk, Iowa, and returning to Seehorn, engaged in practice there for two years, at the end of which time, June 22, 1879, he located in Plainville, and has since been identified with the interests of this place.
     The lady to whom Dr. Aleshire was married in August, 1872, was Miss Eliza F., daughter of James M. and Nancy McCrae, a most refined and intelligent lady. To them has been granted a family of three children: Jessie, Leonard and James. They have all been given fine educations, and the eldest has been engaged as a teacher in the county for the past two years. Soon after locating in this place, the Doctor established in the drug business, which he has since carried on in connection with his extensive practice.
     Jonathan and Permelia (Marshall) Aleshire, the parents of our subject, were natives of Ohio, this State, and were married in Meigs County, Ohio. Of the four children born to them, three grew to mature years, viz: our subject, W. Oscar married Miss Ella Hatcher, and became the father of five children, the youngest of whom was adopted by our subject when eight years of age. Grandfather Ephraim Aleshire was a wheelwright by trade and followed that profession in this State, where he was one of the early pioneers. His father, Ephraim Aleshire, was a pioneer Baptist minister and a circuit rider in Ohio.
     Dr. Aleshire is public-spirited and endeavors by continual reading and thought to advance his professional culture, and thus make his work of greater benefit to mankind. He is identified with the Modern Woodmen, is an Arch Mason and is a popular member of society, being genial, well-bred and well informed. He owns a pleasant home in the village and numbers among his friends the best residents in the county. In politics, he is a stanch Democrat. He belongs to the Adams County Medical Association, to the interest of which he contributes by his manifest desire to increase his own knowledge and skill and lay before its members every illustration or question which his own practice develops.

[Source:Portrait and Biographical Record of Adams County, Illinois containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Chicago: Chapman Bros. 1892,Page 122, transcribed by Debbie Gibson]

Joseph H. Allshire (Aleshire) married Eliza F. McCray Aug. 5, 1872 by J. C. Grosh MG
[Source: Marriages of Adams County, Illinois, 1861-1875]

William O. Aleshire married Ella Hatcher Feb. 16, 1876 by Jasper Whitcomb JP
[Source: Marriages of Adams County, Illinois, 1876-1890, Vol III]

Stewart Cemetery, Plainville, Il
Section A, Lot 4
Joseph Henry Aleshire b.May 29, 1849 in Hancock County, IL. - June 24, 1911
Eliza F. McCrae Aleshire Aug. 25, 1847 – Aug. 29, 1904
James H. Apr. 11, 1879 – Oct. 19, 1908 (their son)
[Source: Cemeteries of Adams County Vol I]


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