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Horace W. Elder
McLean County, Illinois

HORACE W. ELDER, M. D., is engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery in Bloomington, and has that love for and devotion to his profession which has brought to him success and won him a place among the ablest representatives of the medical fraternity in the county.

He was born in Bloomington, November 28, 1859, and is a son of Dr. William A. Elder, now deceased, who was a prominent and successful physician of that city. The father was a native of Waterloo, New York, and on coming west when a young man, first located in St. Louis, where he read medicine and graduated from the St. Louis Medical College. He came to Bloomington and for many years was one of the leading and influential citizens of the place, as well as one of its ablest medical practitioners. He was one of the founders of the public library of the city and was a faithful member of the Second Presbyterian church. He died January 3, 1895, honored and respected by all who knew him. The mother of our subject was in her maidenhood Miss Mary E. Owen, a daughter of Dr. Robert C. Owen, of Homer, New York. She is still living in Bloomington and is a member of the Episcopal church.

Our subject is the oldest of the three children of the family, the others being Lillian, wife of J. P. Walker, of Bloomington; and Josephine M., at home. During his boyhood and youth Dr. Elder, of this review, attended the public schools of his native city and was graduated from the high school in 1876. He then studied pharmacy for two years in the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, and on his return to Bloomington was employed as a drug clerk until 1885, when he embarked in the drug business on his own account, conducting a store there for six years.

Going to St. Louis, he took a two years course in the Marion Simms Medical College and one year at the Barnes Medical College, from which he was graduated in the spring of 1893. The following year he spent in Chicago, and in 1894 went to Philadelphia, taking a post-graduate course at Jefferson Medical College. Five years of preparation had well fitted him for his chosen profession, and on opening an office in Bloomington in 1895, he was not long in building up an excellent practice. After the death of his father many of his old patients came to our subject, and he now has quite an extensive private practice.

He is also a member of the medical staff of the Deaconess Hospital, and also has charge of the general practice in the Bloomington Free Polyclinic, of which he is one of the founders and which has proved quite a success, having between five and six thousand so treatments the first year. He gives his entire attention to the duties of his profession, is examining physician for a number of prominent insurance companies, and is a prominent member of the McLean County Medical Society. He is a progressive physician and keeps well posted on the latest discoveries and theories in the science of medicine and surgery. Of a pleasant, genial manner, he makes many friends, is quite prominent socially, and is a member of the Royal Arcanum.

On the 7th of April, 1885, Dr. Elder was united in marriage with Miss Ella C. Slater, a daughter of Mrs. G. B. Slater, of Brooklyn, New York, and they now have one son, Edmund W. The Doctor and his wife are members of St. Mathews Episcopal church, and in the best social circles of the city occupy an enviable position.

[The Biographical record of McLean County, Illinois - S.J. Clarke Publishing Company - (1899)]


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