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John C. Griffith, M.D.

GRIFFITH, John C., M. D. — An instance of pride and loyalty in his native town is found in the career of John C. Griffith, who spent his childhood within its expanding borders, thereafter absenting himself temporarily to secure the best possible equipment for his chosen calling, and eventually returning, full of the strength and enthusiasm of youth, to lend his talents to the broadening of its professional channels. Dr. Griffith represents the second generation of his family to contribute to the upbuilding of Bushnell. He was born here in 1871, nine years after the arrival of his parents, John L. and Martha E. (Heinter) Griffith, the former of whom established the hardware business which ever since has been an important factor in the business life of the town. The elder Griffith was born in Pennsylvania, and at an early day followed the tide of emigration from the Quaker State to Canton, Ill., removing thence to Bushnell in 1862. Dr. Griffith owes his primary education to the public schools of Bushnell, and his higher training to the Western Normal, in the same town. He qualified professionally at the Rush Medical College, Chicago, from which he graduated with honors in 1896, and subsequently took a degree at the Illinois School of Electro-Therapeutics. In Bushnell, where he began his professional career in 1901, he has seen his industry rewarded by a growing practice; and that his prospects are assured is patent not only from his general erudition and progressiveness, but by the possession of a thorough electrical and general equipment of his office, including a standard X-ray machine. He is an enthusiast on the subject of electricity as an aid to medical science, and appreciates the wonderful possibilities open to the truly inquiring and industrious specialist in this line. Dr. Griffith is a member of the Adams County, the TriState, McDonough County and Illinois State Medical Societies and the American Medical Association; is also connected with five of the leading fraternal organizations. The Doctor renounced bachelorhood in 1897, marrying Ethel M. Mooney, at Palmyra, Mo. Dr. Griffith has a pleasing and confidence-inspiring personality, a keen sympathy for those afflicted with physical or other woes, and a laudable ambition, which is bound to project him into the first ranks of his humanitarian calling.


Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, pages 888-889, extracted 04 Jan 2019 by Norma Hass.