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Edison Haywood Owen

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Edison Haywood Owen, is a practicing physician and surgeon of merit, having acquired an enviable reputation as such during his residence here. He was born in Tippah County Miss, Aug 24, 1848, the fifth child of Larkin James Owen and Pamelia Ann Johnson, who were married in 1839. The father, of Welsh descent, was born in North Alabama in 1817; he has been a farmer, but in later life practiced medicine, resided in Lincoln County Ark, where he died September 13, 1889. His wife was born in North Alabama in 1823, and died July 15, 1889. Both are buried at Hickory Grove Church, Lincoln County Ark. They were the parents of nine children, six now living. Edison was reared in what is now Lincoln County, receiving his education in Mississippi and attending college two years at Clinton, but owing to poor health, he did not graduate. He received his medical instruction in Lincoln County, under Dr. Thomason, graduate of a medical college in New York, Dr Stanfield, graduate of Memphis Tenn College and Sr Steward, a graduate of New Orleans Medical College. Dr Owen first began practicing thirteen years ago and came to Perry County in June 1882 where he has since enjoyed a large and lucrative practice. He is also a minister of the Missionary Baptist Church, having been ordained in 1871, his credentials being on file in the county clerk's office of Lincoln County Ark. Dr Owen has been a Master Mason since about 1873, having been a Mason in Mill Creek Lodge No. 178. He is now a member of Perryville Lodge No. 238. He is a Democrat and is an honorary member of the Hermenian Society of Mississippi College. His wife is a member of the Baptist Church. In 1876 he married Miss Mary E. May, who was born in Tippah county Miss in 1855, the daughter of James May and Tabitha Person. Dr Owen has a farm of 654 1/2 acres, mostly on the Arkansas river; of this about 135 acres are in cultivation, which he rents. He has 160 acres in Cleveland County, also has a store of general merchandise and drugs, carrying a stock worth $1000 which he manages with his wife's assistance. He is a cultured gentleman and extremely popular in Perry County.