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Francis Marion Ward

One who takes prominent rank among the professional men of Perry 
county and who has attained no little popularity in the community 
in which he has carried on the active practice of his profession 
since 1879 is Dr. Francis Marion Ward. He is recognized in Tamaroa 
and vicinity as one of the solid and representative citizens of 
his district, and in addition to his reputation as a physician 
the Doctor has become identified with the agricultural interests 
of Perry county and is a land owner of some position. He has also 
demonstrated to the farming community thereabouts that there is 
profit in the breeding of blooded horses and jacks, and has 
established a growing reputation for fine Percheron horses. 

Francis Marion Ward was born in Jefferson county, Illinois, 
on May 10, 1856. He is the son of Daniel Ward, who came to Illinois 
at the age of twelve, in company with his father, Owen Ward, the 
founder of the family in Southern Illinois. Owen Ward did some of 
the pioneer work of clearing and opening up a farm in Jefferson 
county, where he brought up a considerable family. His children 
were Daniel; John B., who followed the vocation of his father and 
passed away in Jefferson county; William, who performed a like 
service for Franklin county, finally dying there; Simpson, who 
died in Arkansas; Edward, who married an eastern lady, moved 
back to Ohio and died there; Susan became the wife of James H. 
Junkins and died in Jefferson county, where she was a noted mid-
wife for years; Ruth married Jesse Grouch and died in Jefferson 
county; Mary died as the wife of Joe Kellogg; Sarah married 
James Chalfant and died in Jefferson county, Illinois. 

Daniel Ward was born in 1816, and he passed his life quietly 
enough until the breaking out of the Civil war, when he gave 
up the even tenor of the mechanic's life and enlisted in the 
Thirteenth Illinois Cavalry in 1863, dying a year later while 
his company was marching from DuVall's Bluff toward Pine Bluff, 
and was buried in the hostile atmosphere of middle Arkansas. 
In early life he married Susan Youngblood, a daughter of 
Isaiah Youngblood and a sister of the distinguished lawyer of 
Carbondale, Judge Youngblood, and of Judge E. D. Youngblood, 
of Mt. Vernon, Illinois. The family were residents of Perry 
county before the Civil war and were prominent in the history 
of the county. Mrs. Ward passed away here in 1878. The issue 
of their union were: Jane, who married Garrison Kirkpatrick, 
and is a resident of Jefferson county; Mary A. became the wife 
of Sanford Ballard, and died in Perry county in 1906; Emma 
died in Jefferson county as Mrs. George Blazier; Electa married 
William Isom and is a resident of Jefferson county, as is 
Malinda, who is the widow of William S. Strickland; Edward and 
William L., twins, are both deceased; Dr. Francis M., of Tamaroa; 
and Charles T., who passed away in the county where the family 
first settled. 

Dr. Ward was a student in the district schools as a boy, and 
in his youth he attended the Southern Illinois Normal at 
Carbondale, following his graduating from which he taught for 
two years in the country and then began his preparations for 
his medical career. He first read with Dr. White, the country 
doctor of Fitzgerald, and later took lectures at the old 
Missouri Medical College, now a part of the Washington University 
of St. Louis. He graduated from that institution in 1879, 
immediately locating at Tamaroa, where he has remained continuously 
since then. Shortly after he became established there as a 
practicing physician he recognized the great need of the town 
for a thoroughly modern and up-to-date drug store, and he 
eventually opened up a store of that kind, fully equipped with 
everything in the needs of the profession. Three years later, in 
1896, he erected his brick store building and his present 
residence, which constitute the material contribution he has 
made toward the development of the city. As mentioned in a 
previous paragraph, Dr. Ward is an enthusiastic agriculturist 
and horse breeder, and his Percheron and standard breed 
are his pride. They are properly registered as the Wilkes-
Electioneer and Happy Medium strains, and his efforts in this 
line are a modest contribution to the gradual raising of the 
standard of horse flesh in the state. Dr. Ward is vice president 
of the First National Bank of Tamaroa, and is one of the 
stockholders of the Central National Bank of St. Louis, which 
would indicate that he is not too absorbed with other interests 
to give some attention to the financial institutions of his 

On August 8, 1878, Dr. Ward married Miss Desdemona A. Lovelady, 
a daughter of Thomas A. Lovelady, who came to Illinois from 
Tennessee as a young man, here marrying Cordelia, a daughter 
of Frederick Williams. Dr. Lovelady practiced medicine in 
Perry county for several years and passed away here in January, 
1909, at the age of seventy-eight years. The children of their 
union who grew to maturity were Haseltine, who married Edward 
I. Ward, a brother of Dr. Ward; Mrs. Desdemona Ward; Frederick, 
who died in California; Oscar M., a resident of that state; 
Dr. Otis E., of Red Rock, Oklahoma; Lula, who married John Dunbar 
and resides in Montana; and Ethel B., the wife of Marten Alvey, 
of Los Angeles, California. The children of Dr. and Mrs. Ward 
are Parley G., a Perry county farmer, married to Lottie Kammayer; 
Miss Marian K., a nurse in the government hospital at Tomah, 
Wisconsin; Leland L., who has been a stenographer for three years 
and is now attending the Stenographic school of Chicago; and 
Frances A., a student in Forest Park University, St. Louis. Dr. 
Ward is a Master Mason and is a member of the Christian church. 
He is a Republican in his political adherence, although not active 
in a political way other than as a lay workman of the party.

Source: History of Southern Illinois George Washington Smith, 
Page 1082 - 1084

Submitted by Robert W. Loman 

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