DR. F. J. PARKHURST, one of the foremost practitioners of Danvers, is a native of Jefferson County, Wis., where he was born on the 13th of February, 1857. His parents were Hiram and Lois (Morgan) Parkhurst, natives of Vermont, who came to Wisconsin in about 1853. Hiram Parkhurst was a blacksmith and machinist, skillful in his profession, a man of great industry, and strictly temperate habits. He followed his trade in this section of country for a number of years, and passed his declining years in Watertown, Wis., his death taking place in March, 1885, in Iowa, while there on a visit. The mother is still living. The household, by two marriages, included the following children. Of the first marriage there were: Lucian, Helen and Elizabeth. Of the second there were: Daniel, Hiram, Lois, Fred and Frank (twins).

Dr. Parkhurst was reared in the city of Watertown, Wis., and pursued his early studies in the common schools. After becoming of suitable age he entered the Northwestern University [ed., Northwestern College, closed in 1995 and merged with Dr. Martin Luther College to form Martin Luther College] at Watertown, and after spending one year there, commenced teaching, which he followed for some years. He then began the study of medicine with his uncle, Dr. H. Parkhurst, of Danvers, with whom he remained one year. He then entered Chicago Medical College [ed., the former Lind University Medical School was later renamed the Chicago Medical College, and eventually became Northwestern University Medical College], where he studied for three years, and gained a valuable experience in the college and hospitals of Cook County, attending clinical lectures in both, and graduated at the head of his class. He commenced the practice of his chosen profession in Danvers in 1880, and made a specialty of surgery. In this comparatively brief time he has built up a large and lucrative practice, and is now classed among the leading physicians of McLean County. He is a close student, an extensive reader, and ambitious to excel.

Dr. Parkhurst was united in marriage with Miss Mary Abbott, Oct. 27, 1881. Mrs. H. is the only daughter of Ira Abbott, and by her union with our subject has become the mother of one child, Arthur A., who was born May 29, 1883. They occupy a pleasant and attractive home, and enjoy the society of the first residents of Danvers.

Dr. Parkhurst has been a member since 1881 of the. A. F. & A. M. [ed., Ancient Free and Accepted Masons], Danvers Lodge No. 742, of which he is also filling the position of Senior Warden. He has been connected with the Congregational Church for the past fourteen years, and in politics is a stanch Republican. He holds membership with the American Medical Association, Illinois State Medical Society and McLean County Medical Society.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 427. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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