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John I. Smith

This able practitioner has for many years enjoyed a large and lucrative business in Shannon and vicinity. He started out with a full understanding of his profession, and was soon enabled to build up a good patronage. He is in the prime of life, having been born June 29, 1843, in Canada about sixty miles from the city of Detroit. When two and one half years old he was brought by his parents to Stephenson County, IL, they settling near Lena during its pioneer days.

Our subject grew up on the new farm with his parents, and soon after completing his education, the civil war came on, when he was furnished unlooked for employment. Full of youthful and patriotic zeal, although but eighteen years old, he enlisted as a Union soldier in Company G, 92nd IL Infantry, which was assigned to the Army of the Cumberland. Later he was transferred to the command of Gen. Kilpatrick, and the regiment was held in readiness for active fighting for about two years. Our subject met the enemy at the battles of Chickamauga, Mission Ridge, Buzzard's Roost, Huntsville (Ala.) and all the engagements along the tennessee river. At Flint River he was wounded, and transferred to the field hospital at Atlanta, and where he had previously been fighting. Thence he was conveyed to Nashville, Tenn. He continued in the service until twelve months after the close of the war, being some of the time stationed in Mound city Hospital, where he had charge of three wards, having had, prior to this, considerable knowledge of medicine and surgery, obtained under the instruction of Dr. Byers of Lena.

After leaving the army our subject attended shcool at Fulton one year; then entered Rush Medical College at Chicago, from which he was graduated in 1872. He located soon afterward in Shannon, bu his patronage has been by no means local, he having calls from as far away as his old home in Lena, and from Freeport; also Lanark. Nature has endowed him with mor than ordinary abilities, while the thorough knowledge of his profession has made his way to success comparatively easy.

The marriage of Dr. Smith and Miss Wealthy Ann Tabor was celebrated at the brides home in Lanark in June (5th) 1877. This lady was born near Findlay, Ohio and is the daughter of O.P. Tabor, who removed from the Buckeye State to Illinois settling in Whiteside County, where he engaged in farming. He is still living, making his home in Lanark, and has reached his three-score and ten years. His wife is also living.

John Smith, Sr., the father of our subject was born in Candada in 1802 and married Miss Maggie (Margaret) Blackburn, a native of Canada. They reared a family of nine children - seven sons and two daughters. Mr. Smith for a long time, officiated as a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, when, coming to Stephenson County, this State, he took up two sections of land near Lena, which he cleared, and from which he constructed a fine farm. He departed this life about 1878; the mother died on the 1st of March 1859.

Dr. Smith votes the straight Republican ticket, and has represented his ward in the City Council several terms. Socially, he belongs to the G.A.R., being Surgeon of the Post at Shannon, and is also identified iwth the Masonic fraternity. The Doctor lost his all in the Chicago fire of 1871.

Portrait & Biographical Pg 859

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