DR. OSCAR WAKEFIELD, proprietor of the Medicine Laboratory, is located at the corner of Washington and Evans streets, Bloomington, and is carrying on an extensive and profitable business. This establishment gives employment to twenty-five or thirty-five men, besides six men on the road, and has become widely and favorably known throughout this and adjoining States. Dr. Wakefield is a native of DeWitt County, Ill., and was born April 7, 1846. His parents were Dr. Cyrenius and Harriet (Richardson) Wakefield, natives of Watertown, N. Y., who removed to Illinois and located in Bloomington in 1837. The parental history will be found in another part of this work. Oscar Wakefield was one of seven children born to his parents, and remained with them during his childhood and youth. He pursued his primary studies in the common schools, and later attended the Commercial College of Bloomington. He afterward entered the medical department of the College of Cincinnati, Ohio, and upon returning to Bloomington became, in 1871, a partner with his father, with whom he has continued to the present time.

Dr. Wakefield was married in 1868 to Miss Agnes Benchley, a native of Connecticut, and the daughter of Henry A. Benchley, of Willimantic, Conn. Of this union there were two children—Herbert, who died when three and a half years old, and Bruce. Dr. Wakefield is Republican in politics, a member in good standing of the A. F. & A. M., and prominent as a useful business man and a worthy citizen. He is a stockholder in the People's Bank and the Plow Factory, and takes an active interest in all matters concerning the public welfare. He occupies, with his family, a pleasant residence at No. 506 East Washington street, and enjoys the esteem and confidence of the best citizens of Bloomington.

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), 567. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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