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Martin Browning

Dr. Martin Perry Browning, who is successfully engaged in the practice of osteopathy in Macomb, McDonough County, Ill., was born April 6, 1879, in Scotland County, MO., a son of William Perry and Esther (Harrington) Browning, both of whom were born in Pike County, Ill. His paternal and maternal grandfathers were, respectively, William Browning and Martin Harrington. In his boyhood, Dr. Browning attended the public school in his neighborhood, and in the spring of 1899 completed his course in the normal school. Subsequently he entered the American School of Osteopathy, at Kirksville, MO., from which he was graduated in 1902. He commenced the practice of his profession at Griggsville, Ill., where he enjoyed a good patronage. Desiring, however, a wider field of effort, he transferred his practice to Macomb, January 24, 1904. He has been the only practitioner of the osteopathic school located in Macomb for the past two years, and has already rendered professional service to a large number of patrons, which is constantly increasing. In November, 1905, he formed a partnership with Dr. O. E. Bradley, of Memphis, MO., and they have established themselves in the Gamage Building at Macomb.

On January 1, 1901, Dr. Browning was united in marriage to Cora W. Bradley, who was born in Scotland Co., MO., and pursued her early studies in the district school and at the normal school at Kirksville, MO. One child has resulted from this union, Pauline Lucille was born January 19, 1902. The religious connection of Dr. Browning is with the Christian Church. In politics, he belongs to the Republican party, and fraternally, is identified with the I. O. O. F.  The brief period of his endeavors in Macomb gives assurance of a successful professional career.

Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907. Submitted by Joanne Scobee Morgan <>

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