JOHN C. HOXSEY, V. S., a prominent and successful veterinary surgeon of Girard, Illinois, is one of a family of seven children born to William and Gincey G. (Lyons) Hoxsey. He was born on his father's farm in Madison County, Illinois, April 25, 1856.
William Hoxsey, our subject's father, was born in the State of Kentucky and chose the profession of a physician as his calling but later in life he became interested in farming in Madison County, Illinois, and through his skilled methods became a farmer of success and prominence. Mr. Hoxsey died in November, 1902.
Dr. John C. Hoxsey received his preliminary educational training in the common schools of Madison County and during his leisure hours read medical books. After his graduation from the schools of Madison County, he entered the St. Louis Veterinary Institute of St. Louis, Missouri. Upon graduating from that institution, he began the practice of his profession in Madison County. Dr. Hoxsey remained in Madison County and continued to practice there until 1904, when he removed to Girard and purchased his present property, building a first class veterinary hospital at a cost of $4,000. The hospital is a modern brick structure and measures 44 by 50 feet in ground dimensions and is 20 feet high, containing 12 box stalls and a large carriage room on the main floor besides his offices, and five living rooms on the second floor. Our subject's practice extends all over Macoupin County and in portions of the adjoining counties. His stable also accommodates a large livery and boarding trade, making his stable the only first class one in Girard. Dr. Hoxsey is well qualified for his profession. He took a special course on the diseases of the horse, and then passed the State examination at Springfield, Illinois.
On December 28, 1876, Dr. Hoxsey was married to Martha A. Bentley, a daughter of George W. Bentley of Macoupin County, and they are the parents of 12 children, 11 of whom are still living. Dr. Hoxsey is a member of the Illinois Veterinary Surgeon Association of Decatur, Illinois.