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Alonzo M. Westfall, M.D.

WESTFALL, Alonzo M., M. D., who is well known to the residents of Prairie City, McDonough County, Ill., and to the people of the surrounding country, as a skillful and successful physician and surgeon here practicing, is a native of Iowa, where he was born August 29, 1844. He is a son of Fielding L. and Malinda (Stapleton) Westfall, the former born in Ohio, and the latter in Indiana. Fielding L. Westfall was also a physician. He and his wife first settled in Macomb in 1845, moving thence to Prairie City in 1856, where he continued the practice of medicine until his death, in 1871, at the age of fifty-three years. His widow is still living at the age of ninety-one years, and makes her home with her son, the subject of this sketch.

After receiving his early education in the public school of his neighborhood, Dr. A. M. Westfall completed his literary studies in the Prairie City High School, then studied medicine with his father, and commenced practice in connection with him in 1870. He has enjoyed for many years a large and lucrative patronage, and commands the confidence and respect of those to whom he renders professional service, and of the public in general. Dr. Westfall was united in marriage, March 16, 1864, with Mary A. Murray, a daughter of William and Lavlna Murray, of Canton, Ill., and the Doctor and his wife have three children: Minnie A., William L., and Frank Kemper, who is engaged in the practice of medicine in Macomb, Ill. Politically, Dr. Westfall is a Republican, and fraternally, is affiliated with the Masonic Order, being present Past Master of Golden Gate Lodge No. 248, Prairie City; also a member of the I. O. O. F. and M. W. of A.

Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, page 1040, extracted 26 Oct 2020 by Norma Hass.

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