DR. HENRY PARKHURST, a highly esteemed resident of the village of Danvers, this county, is a skillful physician and also a dealer in drugs and medicines, having his store and office at the corner of Broadway and Exchange streets. Dr. Parkhurst was born in Sharon, Vt., Feb. 20, 1823, and is the son of Elisha and Hannah (Huntington) Parkhurst. Both parents were natives of Connecticut, and both came to Vermont in their childhood. They were married in the Green Mountain State, where the father died in 1840, and the mother some years later upon the farm which constituted their homestead.

Of the nine children born to them, the record is as follows: Harriet, Lydia and a babe unnamed died in infancy; Hiram, Hannah, Sarah, Phineas, Harvey and Araunah lived to reach their majority, and three are now living. The Parkhurst family are of English origin, as also were the Huntingtons, and both families were remarkable as being long-lived and possessing those principles which constituted them useful and honored citizens.

Henry Parkhurst was reared upon his father's farm, receiving his primary education in the common schools. He was seventeen years of age when his father died. He afterward attended the Orange County Grammar School and a select school, and commenced the study of medicine with Davis & Jones, in Manchester, N. H. After closely applying himself for two years he attended Berkshire Medical College one term, the Medical College at Woodstock, Vt., for one term, and afterward entered Buffalo University, from which he graduated on the 26th of February, 1851. That same year young Parkhurst put out his shingle in Prairieville, Mich., where he followed the practice of his chosen profession successfully for three years. He then came to Danvers, this county, in 1854, and has continued since that time engaged in his practice and the trade in drugs. That same year, on the 1st of January, he was married to Miss Catharine L. Skillman, who was born in New Jersey in 1832, and came to Illinois several years before her marriage. They became the parents of three children, all now deceased: Mary F. died at the age of four years; Katie, when an infant; and Julia at the age of twenty-two.

Dr. Parkhurst owns the building in which he has his store, and resides with his family in a handsome residence located on Exchange street. He is a member in good standing of the Congregational Church, of which he has been a Trustee for a number of years. Politically he is a stanch supporter of the Republican party. He belongs to Danvers Lodge No. 742, A. F. & A. M., and has held various offices in connection therewith. He identified himself with the Masons over thirty years ago. The grandfather of our subject was an Army Surgeon in the Revolutionary War, and died of the yellow fever, the place of his burial being unknown.

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), 705. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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