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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 district. 
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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