Monday, March 27, 2017

Dr. John Robert Perry

Thanks to the wonderful old obituaries in the Crittenden Press a lot of history and family information was shared and now makes a good source of family genealogy information.  Here is one on a prominent Crittenden County citizen and physician.

Dr. John Robert Perry
1833 - 1930
Dr. John Robert Perry was truly a Crittenden County, physician. He was born on a farm twelve miles northwest of Marion, February 23, 1883. His grandfather, a pioneer Methodist minister, had come into this area as a circuit rider, having served in various sections in Kentucky but chiefly in Crittenden County, where he reared his family and spent his last years. 

Dr. Perry grew up on his home farm, attended the local schools, graduated from the grade and high school of Marion, and in the fall of 1903 entered the medical department of the University of Louisville. He received his M. D. degree June 30, 1907. He returned to his native county and practiced for a short time at Ford's Ferry and Tribune before opening his office in the county seat of Marion.

Realizing the need for better medical facilities for mother and babies, Dr. Perry took special training in this field, but he returned to Marion to live and practice among his many friends in his home community. Returning to Marion he set up his practice in the William Fowler Building on West Carlisle Street.

For many years Dr. Perry was the attending physician for the County Farm; he was a member of the County and State Medical Associations, Kiwanis Club, Bigham Lodge, and Marion Methodist Church. He also served on the city council in Marion.
In 1907 at Louisville, he married Miss Beulah Franklin, also a native of Crittenden County and member of one of Crittenden County's oldest families. 

For thirty-two years Dr. Perry devoted his talents to the people of Crittenden County. After attending to his patients all day, he died with a heart attack at his home September 26, 1939. He was only 56 years old but was regarded with the highest esteem paid the older successful practitioner.

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