J. JOSEPH LINK, M.D., is a young physician of undoubted talent and liberal education who has already acquired a high reputation among his patients in Carlinville, where he is located, and elsewhere, for his skill and success in combating the various diseases to which mankind is heir. He is a native of this county, son of John Joseph Link, a well-known resident of this city, who was for many years actively engaged in agricultural pursuits in this county, but is now living in retirement, though he still retains his farm.
The father of our subject was born in Baden, Germany, May 3, 1824, a son of John Lorenz Link, who was a native of the same country as himself. His father, the great-grandfather of our subject, was a farmer ans spent his entire life in the Fatherland. The grandfather of our subject was reared on a farm. At the age of seventeen he was pressed into the army, and served under Napoleon I. He also passed his whole life in Germany, giving his attention to farming after he left the army. The maiden name of his wife was Annie Mary Mussig, and she was also a life-long resident of Germany. She was the mother of five children - Frank, John J., Maggie, Ann Mary and Lorenz.
The father of our subject and his sister Mary were the only members of the family to come to America. The former was reared in the land of his nativity and in the German schools received an excellent education. After he left school he devoted his time to farm labor. He was ambitious to see something of the world, and desirous to avail himself of the many superior advantages offered to capable, energetic, self-reliant young men by the fertile soil and genial climate of the Western prairies of the United States, he therefore set sail in May, 1854, from Havre for this land of promise, and landed at New York on our National holiday, forty-four days later. He immediately made his way to Illinois, and after staying two weeks in Chicago, he came to this county. When he arrived he found himself a stranger in a strange land with no money in his pockets. But he was willing and able to work, and he at once procured employment on a farm at $1.25 a day during the harvest season. After that he had to content himself with $12 a month, but even with those small wages he managed to save money enough to become independent, as he was frugal and prudent, and in time he was able to buy one hundred acres of good land in Honey Point Township at $25 an acre. There was a small house and stable on the place and fifty acres of land were under tillage. Busy years of persistent and well-directed toil followed, in which he made many valuable improvements, so that his farm became a fine piece of property. He made it his dwelling place until 1889, when he rented it on good terms, and coming to Carlinville, has lived in retirement in this city ever since. He bought a home, pleasantly located on the corner of Pine and Plum Streets. It is a commodious brick house, and here he enjoys all the comforts of life, free from care and labor.
The parents of our subject were married in 1859. His mother bore the maiden name of Kate Roether. She was born in Bavaria, and was a young lady when she came to America. She is the mother of the following children: Adam, a resident of Litchfield; John, who lives at Carlinville; August J., a resident of Chicago; Frank J., who carries on the drug business in Chicago; Laurenz, a resident of Carlinville; William, a resident of St. Louis; Alois and Clara, twins, living at home with their parents; Albert and Anthony, also at home, th four latter attending school; and Maggie, who died at the age of one year.
Dr. Link, was given fine advantages for a sound education and received his early instruction in the public schools of his native township. He subsequently pursued a thorough course of study at the Wesleyan Seminary at Bloomington, where he laid a solid foundation for his professional studies. He began to read medicine at the age of eighteen, with Dr. Long as his preceptor. He made a rapid advance in his pursuit of knowledge and in due time entered the Chicago Medical College, from which institution he was graduated with a good rank for scholarship in 1890. After graduation he opened an office at Carlinville, and is steadily gaining a lucrative practice, applying himself closely to his professional duties, still finding opportunity to keep himself well informed on current medical topics, keeping abreast of the times as to new methods of treatment, and winning golden opinions from his older medical brethren. On the 10th of June, 1891, Dr. Link was married to Miss Lina M. Michel, of St. Louis.