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Charles Finley Montee, M.D.

MONTEE, Charles Finley, M. D., a highly reputable physician and surgeon, who is engaged in practice in Colchester, McDonough County, Ill., was born five miles southwest of Macomb, McDonough County, on July 15, 1870. His father, Frank M. Montee, was born in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, and his mother, Mary E. (Purdum) Montee, was a native of Schuyler County, Ill. His paternal grandfather was Abram Montee, a native of New York State, who married a Miss Wilson, also of New York — the Montee family being originally from France. The maternal grandfather was John Purdum.

The paternal great-grandfather came to this country with Lafayette and settled near New York City. Grandfather Montee located in Chicago at a very early period, and built the first block house there. He was a sailor on the great lakes, and also owned land in Ohio and in McDonough County. He settled In McDonough County in 1847, on a farm about four miles southwest of Macomb, where he remained until his death in 1875. His wife was a second cousin of Daniel Webster. They had thirteen children — seven boys and six girls — of whom Frank M. Montee was the twelfth in order of birth. The last named is a farmer and stock-raiser in Southeastern Kansas, where he settled in 1874. He owns 400 acres of land in Crawford County, that State.

Charles F. Montee in early youth attended the public schools and the Ohio Normal School, and lived with his parents until he was twenty-one years old. He then spent seven years in study in different institutions. In 1904 he was graduated from Spalding's Commercial College, at Kansas City. In 1896 he graduated in pharmacy and received the degree of Ph. G. in 1898. He also holds the degree of Ph. D. In 1903 he was graduated from Barnes' Medical College, St. Louis, Mo. From that institution he came direct to Colchester, where he opened an office. He is regarded as thoroughly competent in his profession, and his practice, already good, is constantly increasing.

Dr. Montee was married November 18, 1897, to Ina Scott, who was born and schooled in McDonough County. The religious faith of the Doctor is that of the Presbyterian Church. Politically, he is a Republican, and fraternally is connected with the Masonic Order, Select Knights, I. O. O. F., K. of P., I. O. R. M., M. W. A. and A. O. U. W. His professional affiliation includes membership in the State and County Medical Societies.

Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, pages 960-961, extracted 12 Sep 2019 by Norma Hass.

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