Dr. O. P. Norris
Home of Oliver P. Norris
Source: "The Prairie Historian" March 1983.
Dr. Oliver P. Norris, was born in Bracken Co., Ky., Aug 29, 1843,
a son of Joseph and Rebecca R. West (Morris), the father a native
of Kentucky, and the mother of Pennsylvania. The father followed
boating in early life, but later he engaged in farming. The parents
were blessed with nine children, of whom there are five living O. P.,
William H., Millard F., Joseph D. and Edward J.
Our subject obtained a little schooling in his native State, and
after coming to this county with his parents, about 1851, he continued
his studies here, attending in after years the school at Normal, Ill.
In September, 1864, he was drafted into the war, and joined the
Thirty-second Illinois Volunteer Infantry, which belonged to the
Seventeenth Army Corps, under Blair. The regiment joined Sherman at
Atlanta, and fought under him at Savannah, Columbia, Bentonville, etc.
Our subject returned at the close of the war, and attended the high
school at Mount Vernon, Ill. He had a desire for studying medicine,
and he read under the instruction of Dr. J. C. Gray, of Mount Vernon.
He afterward attended the Ohio Medical College, Cincinnati and recieved
a full course of lectures, and later the Cincinnati College of Medicine
and Surgery, from which institution he graduated, and returned to this
county, where he has since enjoyed a liberal patronage; he has given a
good deal of attention to diseases of the eye, but of late has given his
time to the study of obstetrics, in which branches of the profession he
is especially successful.
The Doctor has dealt largely in real estate, having at present several
hundred acres of land in the county, and also a fine residence in
Williamsburg, which he erected in 1873. He has been Postmaster for seven
or eight years at this point; has administered several estates, and was
engaged in the drug and dry goods business until his practice assumed such
proportions as to demand all of his attention. He was united in marriage
to Sarah M. Smith, and the union has given four children, three of whom
are living Myrtie E., Lena F. and Verner S. The doctor is a member of the
A. F. & A. M., and has also an I.O.O.F. for many years. He has filled many
of the offices of the township, including that of Supervisor. Politically,
he is a Democrat.