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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, 
Page 1190

Submitted by Robert W. Loman 

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