DR. HENRY A. WINTER, a reliable and successful physician of Saybrook Village, is a native of New York, born
in Cayuga County, Nov. 9, 1843. His parents were Herman H. and Sabrina A. (Abbott) Winter. The mother was the sister
of Chancy M. Abbott [ed., Chauncey M. Abbott], who was a Senator in the General Assembly of his State and who died
while in the midst of his usefulness.
The Abbott family was of English origin, and became widely and favorably known in different parts of the United States. The grandfather of Mrs. W. during the old Revolutionary times, was Captain of a company of scouts and a brave Indian fighter. His capture was greatly desired by the British Government who offered £40 for his scalp. He was one of a family of nine sons, all of whom were distinguished for their energy of character, their ambition, and the activity with which they engaged in whatever they were interested.
After the death of her husband Mrs. Winter, who remained a widow, devoted herself to the care of her children of whom there were only two, and makes her home with her son, Dr. H. A. Winter. The sister of our subject, Adelaide J., became the wife of Dr. F. M. Hiett, and they have one son, John. This lady was finely educated, having pursued her studies at Mt. Holyoke Female Seminary [ed, now Mount Holyoke College], in Massachusetts. She afterward taught school and was especially proficient in music. She was of amiable and excellent character, greatly respected by all who knew her, and a worthy member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. After a lingering illness with consumption she died at her home in Wisconsin, Dec. 21, 1871.
The subject of this history commenced attending school in his native county when he was four years of age, and when of suitable years and attainments, entered Cortland Academy, where he remained under the excellent tutorship of Prof. Clarke until April, 1861. He then journeyed westward to Wisconsin and entering the High School at Berlin, in Green Lake County, remained until October of that same year.
Then, the Civil War being in progress, he enlisted as a Union soldier in Co. B, 11th Wis. Vol. Inf., and one year afterward was taken with typhoid fever at Helena, Ark., and compelled to accept his honorable discharge. He returned to his old home in New York and soon afterward commenced traveling for his health, going through the States of Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana. He was still interested in the success of the Union troops and after arriving in Indianapolis, resolved to once more offer his assistance to preserve the Union. He re-enlisted in Co. B, 72d Ind. Vol. Mtd. Inf., and joined his command at Murfreesboro, Tenn. On the 24th of June they moved out on Hoover's Gap, where occurred a lively battle and in which the Union troops, by the aid of their Spencer rifles, came out victorious.
They were afterward engaged at the battle of Chickamauga and our subject with his comrades went through the Atlantic campaign, during which he was wounded with a spent ball in the right leg. He had the honor of being one of the division which assisted in the capture of Jefferson Davis, and afterward, at the Lamar House in Macon, Ga., talked face to face with the Confederate chieftain. Young Winter was afterward transferred to Co. B, 44th Ind. Vol. Inf., with which he was mustered out at Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 14, 1865.
After returning from the army our subject located in Williamsport, Ind., where he took up the study of medicine under the instruction of Dr. F. M. Hiett, with whom he remained until 1867. During the following fall and winter he attended Rush Medical College, at Chicago, and until 1872, taught school and practiced medicine alternately.
He then purchased a share in the business of Samuel Roberts, but wishing to perfect himself in his medical studies returned to Chicago, and after another thorough course in Rush Medical College, graduated Feb. 19, 1873. Removing to this county, Dr. Winter engaged in practice in Saybrook, and has since distinguished himself as a fine practitioner, especially of surgery, in which he takes great pride and has always been ambitious to excel.
He has been remarkably successful in his practice, and by it has accumulated a fine competency. Both as a man and a physician he is held in the highest respect. His property in Saybrook consists of three dwelling-houses.
Dr. Winter was united in marriage with Miss Delia Atkinson, Sept. 25, 1867, and they had one child, William A., who is now in the Freshman class of Wesleyan University [ed., Illinois Wesleyan University], at Bloomington. Mrs. Delia A. Winter departed this life Feb. 24, 1885. She was a lady greatly esteemed by a large circle of friends and acquaintances, and a worthy member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, as are also her husband and son.
The second wife of our subject to whom he was married at Saybrook, this county, was Miss Catherine Cheney, a native of this county, born in 1848, and the daughter of ex-Senator W. H. Cheney, a pioneer of this county.
Dr. Winter belongs to the Masonic fraternity, being a member of Mt. Olivet Commandery, and is connected with the K. of P., Hope Lodge No. 140, at Saybrook. He is also a member of the I.O.O.F., Saybrook Lodge No. 460, and of the G. A. R., McPherson Post No. 79.
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), 632. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.