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Harry Corwin Moss M.D.
Harry Corwin Moss M.D.  

HARRY CORWIN MOSS, M. D. 
The physician is a necessary element in our civilization, because human 
life is our most precious possession. A man will sacrifice all his property 
to save his own life. Self preservation is the first law of nature is so 
trite a maxim as to be known to all and will be disputed by none. The fact 
that a man will give up his own life to save one whom he loves does not 
disprove the maxim; it only emphasizes the power of his affection. But there 
are good physicians and otherwise, At the best there are many things dark to 
the wisest and most experienced physicians; and again the best physicians make 
mistakes. So it is incumbent upon all persons to secure the services of the 
ablest physician; every head of a family should have his family physician, 
if for no other reason than to give perfect confidence in his judgment to the 
members of the family. In these days of hypnotic suggestions when sometimes a 
single word will turn the tide of disease and death, a physician cannot be 
given too much latitude that is a highly reputable physician, such as Dr. 
Moss of this sketch. Dr. Harry Corwin Moss is a native of this section of 
the state, his eyes having first opened to the light of day near Mt. Vernon 
amid the rural surroundings of his father's farm. 
His father, Captain John R. Moss, was born in 1830, and died October 2, 1909, 
in Albion. The elder gentleman was a native of Jefferson county, this state, 
and the son of Ransom and Anna (Johnson) Moss, who were among the pioneers of 
Jefferson county, and who were born and reared in the Old Dominion. They migrated 
first to North Carolina, then to Tennessee, and then, as was often the custom in 
those days to the westward, coming to Southern Illinois and establishing a home 
for themselves in Jefferson county as early as 1818, meeting, it is unnecessary 
to state, their share of the many hardships encountered by the pioneer and enjoying 
the wholesome pleasures peculiar to their lot. Ransom Moss was twice married, his 
first wife passing away in Kentucky. He died at the early age of thirty-nine years, 
but his wife, Anna Johnson Moss, survived him for many, many years more than half 
a century, in fact, for she was ninety-three when she was summoned to the life 
eternal in 1895, leaving over two hundred descendants. She was a remarkable woman, 
of strong character, as well as physical frame. Capt John R. Moss was a farmer 
by occupation and a soldier in the great conflict between the states. He enrolled 
and organized Company C of the Sixtieth Illinois Regiment, a company made up of 
the flower of Jefferson county manhood, and he served as captain of this company 
for a considerable period. He was taken ill with measles and returned home on 
furlough and in 1863 was appointed Provo-marshal, with headquarters in Olney and 
in one official capacity or another he served until the affair at Appomattox brought 
peace to the stricken land. He was one of his county's ablest and most highly 
respected citizens and served as representative in the Illinois legislature and 
upon one occasion was candidate for state senator. He married Pamelia C. Allen, 
a native of this state and a daughter of Rev. George Allen, a Methodist minister 
and a native of Georgia, and her demise occurred on March 16, 1909, only a few 
months before her husband, these cherished and devoted life companions being united 
in death as in life. They reared a family of six children, namely: Angus Ivan, a 
resident of Mt. Vernon; Norman H., an attorney, also of that place; Addie May 
(McAnally), deceased, of Carbondale, Illinois; Anna E. Neal, of Knoxville, Tennessee, 
whose husband is a wholesale merchant of that southern city; Harry Corwin; and Grace, 
wife of Rufus Grant, cashier of the Third National Bank of Mt. Vernon, Illinois. 
Dr. Moss received his education in the public schools of Mt. Vernon and had the 
advantages of both the common and higher departments. He subsequently entered the 
Southern Illinois Normal University and following that taught school in Jefferson 
and St. Clair counties, acting as principal of the schools of Marissa, this state 
in the years 1891, 1892 and 1893. In 1894, having come to the conclusion to change 
his profession from the pedagogical to the medical, he entered the Missouri Medical 
College, and was graduated with the necessary degree, and in his case a well-earned 
one, in the spring of 1898. Since that time, not content with letting well enough alone 
he has taken a post-graduate course. In the year of his graduation he located in 
Albion and here has ever since practiced successfully, being practically the leading 
practitioner of the city. He is a constant student and makes every effort to keep 
abreast of the onward march of progress in his field. He is a prominent member of 
the Tennessee State Medical Association, and was markedly influential in organizing 
the County Medical Society. He is a Republican in politics and his word is of weight 
in local party councils, and his influence and support a desirable asset. He was 
elected coroner of Edwards county in 1902 and served in that office for an entire 
decade, and he has also served as chairman of the board of health from 1901 to 1911. 
He is exceedingly popular and enjoys the highest order of esteem for his ability, 
sound principles of life and conduct and unfailing altruism and public spirit. He 
takes pleasure in lodge affairs and his affiliations extend to the Masons, the 
Modern Woodmen of America, Ben Hur and the Mystic Workmen. His church is the Methodist 
Episcopal. Dr. Moss was happily married in 1895, his chosen lady being Elizabeth C. 
Wilson, of Marissa, daughter of Rev. J. C. Wilson, a Baptist minister. They maintain 
a hospitable household and are in all respects among Albion's fine citizenship. 




Source: History of Southern Illinois George Washington Smith, M. A. VOLUME I - III ILLUSTRATED THE LEWIS PUBLISHING COMPANY CHICAGO AND NEW YORK 1912 Page 1600 - 1602
Submitted by Robert W. Loman * rwlmn@aol.com

 
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