CYRUS H. IRVIN, M. D.
The technical education of the doctor of medicine avails him but little
unless he has laid a foundation for it of broad general knowledge and
made a careful study of human nature. When he took up the practice of
medicine Dr. Cyrus H. Irvin brought to the profession a mental equipment
acquired through a number of years spent as an educator, and with this
preparation the mysteries of medicine and surgery were quickly mastered,
and success was his from the beginning of his professional career.
Dr. Irvin was born in Jefferson county, Illinois, October 28, 1878, and
is a son of Wilford F. and Julia A. (Hughes) Irvin. Wilford F. Irvin was
born in 1848, in Hamilton county, Illinois, a son of Runion Irvin, who
spent his life in agricultural pursuits in Hamilton and Jefferson counties.
Like his father, Wilford F. Irvin spent his active years in tilling the soil,
and became a successful farmer and a well-known Republican politician.
His death occurred in 1891. His wife, who was born in Ohio in 1859, and
who now makes her home at Mount Vernon, Illinois, is a daughter of Cyrus S.
Hughes, who brought his family from Ohio to Illinois in 1861, and for years
was known all over Southern Illinois as a dealer in live stock. He accumulated
a comfortable fortune during the years of his operations here, and retired
some time prior to his death. In political matters he was an ardent Jacksonian
Democrat. Cyrus H. Irvin received his preparatory education in the common
schools of Jefferson county, and in 1899 graduated from Ewing College with a
certificate which granted him the privilege to teach school. During the four
terms that followed he acted as a teacher in the public schools, in the
meantime prosecuting his studies with the ultimate object of entering
professional life. In 1906 he was graduated from the College of Physicians
and Surgeons, St. Louis, and after spending eight months at Dahlgren, Illinois,
came to Sesser. A skilled surgeon, he has practically a monopoly on all the
surgical work done here, and acts in that capacity for the Sesser Coal Company.
He has been an active and interested member of the Southern Illinois, Illinois
State and Franklin County Medical Societies and the American Medical
Association, and acts as local correspondent for the county organization.
His fraternal connection is with the local lodge of Odd Fellows. Dr. Irvin
has found time to engage in politics, and he is recognized as the logical
leader of the Republican forces in Sesser, where his influence is felt in
all matters of importance.
The old homestead in Jefferson county, which was operated for so many years
by his father, is now owned by him, and in addition he has interested himself
in various enterprises of a commercial nature. Any movement promising to be
of benefit to his adopted community in any way is sure of his hearty support,
and worthy movements of a religious and charitable nature find in him an
enthusiastic and liberal co-worker.
On December 19, 1906, Dr. Irvin was married to Miss Mary Gertrude
Lionberger, daughter of A. J. Lionberger, a native of Jefferson county,
and now a successful farmer and prominent Republican politician of Mount
Vernon. One child, Mary Louise, has been born to Dr. Irvin and his wife.
Mrs. Irvin is a member of the Missionary Baptist church
Source: History of Southern Illinois George Washington Smith,
M. A. VOLUME I - III ILLUSTRATED
THE LEWIS PUBLISHING COMPANY CHICAGO AND NEW YORK 1912
Submitted by Robert W. Loman