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Frank Kemper Westfall, M.D.

WESTFALL, Frank Kemper, M. D., a physician of high prominence, who at the outset of his career has already attained a successful practice in Macomb, McDonough County, Ill., was born in Prairie City, that State, January 21, 1880. He is a son of Alonzo Madison and Mary Ann (Murray) Westfall, the former having been a skillful and highly respected physician in Prairie City, Ill. Macomb was also the home of the paternal grandfather, who was a carpenter by trade, and built some dwellings and stores which are now landmarks of the olden times. He later studied medicine and practiced seventeen years in Prairie City, Ill., up to the date of his death. His widow is still living, and is one of the two or three surviving members of the Universalist Church, of Macomb.

The subject of this sketch graduated from the Prairie City High School in 1898. During vacation he clerked in a grocery, and afterward worked one year in a clothing store. He commenced the study of medicine in 1899, at Ensworth Medical College, in Missouri, where he spent one year. He then went to Chicago, where he entered the Hahnemann Medical College, from which he was graduated in May, 1903. In this institution he was favored with an alternate internship. He came from Prairie City to Macomb in June, 1903, and commenced practice as a homeopathic physician. Within a brief period he has built up a good practice, making a specialty of children's diseases. He enjoys the confidence of his patients to an unusual degree for one of limited experience in the profession.

On September 15, 1904, at St. Joseph, Mo., Dr. Westfall was united in marriage with Dixie D. Hyde, who was born July 20, 1884. Her grandfather was a very wealthy man, and was one of the first settlers of St. Joseph. There he owned at one time, what is now Hyde Park and Hyde Valley. On political issues, Dr. Westfall takes his stand with the Republican party, and in religious faith, is a Presbyterian. He is also a member of the Ustion Medical Fraternity, of the McDonough County Medical Society, the Illinois State Medical Association, and the American Medical Association; is also affiliated with the A. F. & A. M., as a member of Prairie City Lodge No. 248, and with the B. P. O. E. No. 1009. The subject of this sketch is attached to the medical staff of Marietta Phelps Hospital, and is laying the foundation of a useful and successful professional career.

Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, page 1042, extracted 26 Oct 2020 by Norma Hass.

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