S. Huffman, M.D., a prominent physician and the leading druggist of Chesterfield, Macoupin County, whose portrait accompanies this sketch, was born in Pike County, Illinois, in 1873, and is a son of P. B. and Nancy (Clifton) Huffman.
P. B. Huffman was born in Tennessee and was a son of Samuel Huffman, who was born in Virginia, and who died in 1900, in Missouri, in his 95th year. There he married Nancy Clifton, whose father was born in Kentucky, and died in Vermilion County, Illinois, in 1870, in his 70th year.
Dr. Huffman was primarily educated in the common schools of Cass County and subsequently attended the Western Normal School at Bushnell, Illinois. He then entered the medical department of the St. Louis University where he was graduated in 1896, serving then as an interne for six months at the St. Louis City Hospital, being made junior assistant superintendent. While clerking in a drug store at Greenfield, Illinois, in order to perfect his knowledge of pharmacy by making a practical use of it, he met and in 1895 married Nece McQuerry, who was a daughter of John and Sarah McQuerry. Mrs. Huffman died December 29, 1901. Our subject's second marriage was contracted on February 22, 1903, with Clyde M. McQuerry, a sister of his first wife. John McQuerry, Dr. Huffman's father-in-law, is a prominent resident of Greenfield, Illinois, where he owns and operates a farm. He is a Republican in political belief, and is his party's choice for minority Representative and his friends predict his election.
Dr. Huffman soon after his first marriage entered upon the practice of his profession at Pegram, Greene County, Illinois, where he remained until he moved to Chesterfield in 1899. In 1902 he purchased the old established drug business of W. A. Gary, who had carried it on in Chesterfield for the preceding 21 years. Dr. Huffman built a new store on the site of the old one and has fitted it up with all modern conveniences and attractions; he carries a complete and carefully selected stock of the goods usually found in an establishment of the kind, in addition to all the standard remedies and drugs which have been selected by himself in order to be confident that they are fresh and pure. Not only as a physician, but also as a business man, is Dr. Huffman popular. He has made the pleasant village of Chesterfield his home and in it are his interests centered.
In politics Dr. Huffman is a stanch Republican. He was elected as one of the trustees of the village in 1901, and served one term. Fraternally he is a Mason, a Modern Woodman of America, an Odd Fellow and a Knight of Pythias, and also belongs to the Mutual Protective League. In religious belief he is a Methodist.