Biography - Hiram Short

Hiram S. SHORT, physician, Fillmore, was born in Randolph County, N. C., May 4, 1840. The main part of his early childhood was spent in attending the common schools, where he received the foundation of his subsequent learning. In January, 1854, he was removed by his parents to Fayette County, Ill., where they remained three years, and then removed to Shelby County. Lemuel SHORT, the father of our subject, a native of Guiford County, N. C., was born February 24, 1814, and from the time he reached maturity followed teaching until the time of his death, which occurred May 6, 1858. His wife, Mary HASKETT, was also a native of North Carolina, born November 21, 1816, and is still living, the wife of John H. BUCKMASTER, residing five miles north of Vandalia. By her first husband she gave birth to eleven children, nine of whom are still living, and of whom Hiram S. was the second child. After reaching Illinois with his parents, he continued to attend the common schools for a short time, and then entered the Quaker High School of Westfield, Ind., where he remained one year and then returned home and taught school a large portion of the following four years, and a portion of which time, in connection with his other duties each year, he read medicine with Dr. J. C. JONES, of Ramsey, with whom he continued from 1865 to 1869, at the end of which time he entered upon the practice of his profession, and, after attending the Cincinnati Medical College two terms, he successfully passed the rigid examination necessary to become an M.D.; received his diploma May 19, 1873, and continued in his practice at Fillmore, where he first located. He removed to Ramsey in September, 1875, and remained until October, 1878, when he returned to Fillmore. His farm consists of eighty acres of choice farm land, which he now rents out and devotes his time to his calling. By his prompt attention to and thorough knowledge of his profession, he succeeded in building up a large and steadily increasing practice, the duties of which would fall heavy upon the shoulders of a man many years his senior, and is the result of a good education, energy and business ability, and qualifications necessary to gain the esteem of all. July 3, 1861, he entered the service in Company C, Thirty-fifth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, with Capt. James WILLIAMS, regiment commanded by Col. G. A. SMITH. He received his discharge September 27, 1864. While in the service, he took part in several notable engagements, among which are Pea Ridge, Ark., Perryville, Ky., Stone River, Tenn.; was also upon duty at the evacuation of Corinth, Miss.; also at the battle of Chickamauga, and in Sherman's campaign in Georgia. He was married, October 31, 1871, at Ramsey, Fayette Co., Ill, to Miss Sarah M. STOKES, who was born October 25, 1851. She is the mother of five children, viz., William T., born July 27, 1872; Mary L., born March 12, 1874; Emma E., born October 31, 1876; Ulysses S., born February 25, 1878; Walter C., born March 30, 1880. Mrs. SHORT is a daughter of Bird and Margaret J. (CASEY) STOKES, he a native of Tennessee, born December 25, 1817, and died November 16, 1877; she of Fayette County, Ill., born July 16, 1832, and still living. Although a man not very much interested in politics, his sympathies are with the Republican party. He is an active member of the order of A., F. & A. M., of Fillmore Lodge; has been a member of the Montgomery County Eclectic Society since its organization in May, 1870; has also been a member of the State Society since June, 1880.

Extracted 22 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, pages 306-307.

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