BOONE, HOWARD B., M.D., physician and surgeon, at Chandlerville, Ill., is one of the medical men of Cass County who is doing much to maintain the high standard set for those of his profession, and at the same time proving himself a most desirable and public-spirited citizen. He was born at Tocopola, Miss., May 30, 1871, a son of William Sanford and Ophelia (Watson) Boone. The father was born in Georgia, and without doubt belonged to the same family as the illustrious Daniel Boone of Kentucky.
When he was twelve years old, Howard B. Boone had the misfortune to lose his father, and he then came to Chandlerville, Ill., to live with Dr. N. H. Boone, who reared him and to whom Dr. Boone feels he owes a heavy debt. After being graduated from the high school of Chandlerville, Howard B. Boone spent four years in Eureka College, at Eureka, Ill., from which he was graduated in 1893, with the degree of A. B., and in the fall of that year he entered the medical department of the Northwestern University of Chicago, from which he was graduated June 17, 1897, with the degree of M.D. During his vacations, Dr. Boone improved his time by spending those months in Chicago hospitals. After his graduation in 1897, Dr. H. B. Boone came back to Chandlerville where he immediately entered upon an active practice in conjunction with Dr. N. H. Boone and this association has since continued. He has been a progressive leader in church and public school work and for many years was president of the board of education of Chandlerville, and during his incumbency in that office, the present modern high school building was erected. While a Democrat in his tendencies, Dr. Boone is an independent voter. Understanding the importance of sanitary arrangements, Dr. Boone has sone much to improve the building laws of Chandlerville, as evidence by the new school and church buildings, and he is ever to be found on the side of progress. He is a Master Mason, a Modern Woodman, and belongs to other fraternal organizations. Professionally he is a member of the Cass County Medical Society, the Illinois State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. Dr. Boone is a firm believer in and ardent supporter of the faith of the Disciples of Christ, and for sixteen years has been superintendent of the Christian Sunday school of Chandlerville, and for years was president of the Cass County Sunday School Association and is now a member of the executive committee of the same association.
On December 21, 1897, Dr. Boone was married to Una May Hall, a daughter of William and Elizabeth Hall. Mr. Hall was noted as a scientist, and at his death, when Mrs. Boone was a child, left a large geological collection which is now in the hands of the Hall family at Athens, Ill. Dr. and Mrs. Boone have had two sons, Brooks Nathaniel, the eldest and only survivor, was born June 26, 1900. Their second son, who was born two years later, only lived a short time. Dr. Boone owns 240 acres of land near Chandlerville, his residence and another residence property at Chandlerville. He owns stock in and is a director of the Peoples State Bank of Chandlerville, and is a man of substance as well as one of the leading medical men of Cass County.