THORNBORROW, JOHN A., D.V.S. - Since the recognition of the fact that horses and other stock suffer from serious ailments which require as careful doctoring as human beings, the profession of a veterinary surgeon has increased in importance, and many of those engaged in this line of work rank high as successful medical men. One of the best known veterinaries of Cass County is Dr. John A. Thornborrow, of Virginia, who was born at Jacksonville, Morgan County, Ill., February 11, 1873, a son of John and Eliza (Travis) Thornborrow, the former born at Kirbylongsdale, England, and the latter at Oldham, England. They married after coming to the United States, and spent the greater part of their married life in Morgan County. John Thornborrow died in 1891, while his wife passed away in 1903.
John A. Thornborrow was thoroughly educated, as he not only attended the public and high schools of his native place, but also took a course at Brown's Business College, from which he was graduated in 1891; then began studying veterinary surgery, and was graduated from the Chicago Veterinary College in 1893. For the following five months, he worked at Jacksonville, and then came to Virginia, arriving in this city in December, 1893, where he has since resided. In October, 1913, Dr. Thornborrow embarked in an auto garage business, and now not only operates an auto livery, but has large storage accommodation, and in addition deals in accessories and does all kinds of repairing.
On April 28, 1900, Dr. Thornborrow married Margaret Musch, a daughter of John and Margaret (Schaaf) Musch who were born in Morgan County, Ill. Dr. and Mrs. Thornborrow have three living children: Margaret, Frank and John, the two elder attending the public school, and Elizabeth, who died in 1911, aged five years.