The entire professional career of Dr. Clarence E. McFall has been centered in Tazewell County, to which he came in 1891, and where he is recognized as an erudite and conscientious physician and surgeon. Born in Peoria in 1860, be represents sterling farmer-stock of two Eastern States, his father, H. B. McFall, having been born in Pennsylvania in 1826, and his mother, formerly Margaret Wiley, in Sullivan County. N. Y., in 1830.
The Doctor owes much to a practical home training, to studious habits which enabled him to graduate from the Lewistown High School at the age of fifteen, and to mechanical ingenuity which first found employment in the time-honored trade of the blacksmith. As the proprietor of a well patronized shop in Peoria, he has not only fulfilled his destiny as a painstaking and capable workman, but from a mental standpoint, outgrew his worthy but humble environment, becoming conscious of resources and powers of which the blacksmith had no need. In 1888 our subject exchanged the forge and anvil for a course at the Louisville Medical College, graduating in 1891 with the third honors in his class. Locating in East Peoria, he was able to profit by his wide and intimate acquaintance in the community where he had passed his earlier years, and in an atmosphere of promise and appreciation to pursue that indefatigable research required of the professional competitor of today. A year spent as a post-graduate in a college at San Francisco, Cal., materially broadened his scope, and frequent attendance at medical conventions throughout the Middle West has kept him in touch with the progress in his chosen calling.
Dr. McFall established a home in 1881, marrying Miss Alice Van Zant, whose death, in 1898, left him with the care of three children, Clarence, Ernest and Herbert. In 1899 he married Susan Pinkham, of Fond du Lac Township. A Prohibitionist of many years standing, the Doctor is at present serving on the School Board, and his usefulness is further increased by his activity in the religious and charitable work of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and his liberal contributions toward its support. His all-around substantiality is attested by a membership of twenty-two years in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and he is further connected with the Modern Woodmen of the World, Court of Honor, Fraternal Reserves, and Royal Laborers.
A genial and interesting personality, added to sincerity of purpose, and unbounded faith in the best tenets of medical and surgical science, contribute to the increasing popularity and usefulness of Dr. McFall, while a strong constitution would seem to insure long connection with interests which have brought him both happiness and success.
Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Tazewell County - page 1043
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