A successful member of the medical fraternity of Macoupin county is Dr. Charles S. Ambrose, who seven years ago located in Mount Olive, where he has ever since engaged in general practice. He is a native of Topeka, Kansas, his birth having occurred on the 8th of September, 1877. His parents are John W. and Flora (Hawes) Ambrose, the father a native of Pennsylvania and the mother of Wisconsin. In his early manhood the father moved to Kansas and there he met the mother who as a child had come there with her parents. Agricultural pursuits engaged the attention of Mr. Ambrose until ten years ago since which time he has been living retired. He and his wife now reside in Republic, Kansas, he having attained the age of sixty-six and she of sixty-two. Politically Mr. Ambrose is a republican but has never been an office seeker. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Masonic order and the Knights of Pythias, while Mrs. Ambrose is a devout member of the United Brethren Church. They are both influential in their community, their efforts ever being exerted on the side of good.
Dr. Charles S. Ambrose spent his boyhood and youth on the Kansas farm where he was born, attending the common schools in the acquirement of preliminary education which was completed in the high school at Republic, where he was graduated in 1894. In the ensuing autumn he went to the State Normal school at Emporia, Kansas, remaining for one year. Returning home at the expiration of that period he accepted a clerkship in a mercantile establishment remaining until 1900. In the mean time having decided to adopt the profession of medicine for his life vocation he went to St. Louis, entering the office of Dr. Waldo Briggs, to do some preliminary studying. He subsequently entered the College of Physicians & Surgeons, St. Louis, from which institution he was graduated with the class of 1904. Immediately thereafter he came to Mount Olive, where he has ever since been located. A pleasing personality, keen judgment and excellent mental qualities have well endowed Dr. Ambrose for the profession he has chosen to adopt. He is meeting with most excellent success and during the seven years he has been engaged in professional work in Mount Olive has succeeded in building up an extensive practice.
In March, 1905, Dr. Ambrose was united in marriage to Miss Jessie Goodwin, a daughter of the Rev. W. C. Goodwin, a Methodist minister, of Moline, Kansas. To them were born two children, a son and a daughter: Carl and Eileen.
Dr. Ambrose is a member of the Masonic fraternity, being affiliated with Staunton Lodge, No. 177, A.F. & A.M.; Litchfield Chapter, No. 120, R.A.M.; and St. Omar Commandery, K. T., at Litchfield. He also belongs to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, being identified with Litchfield Lodge, No. 654, while he maintains relations with his fellow practitioners through the modicum of his membership in the Macoupin County Medical society, the Illinois State and the American Medical Associations. Mrs. Ambrose is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and the Order of the Eastern Star of Staunton. His political support he gives to the democratic party, but he has never prominently participated in political affairs, preferring to devote his entire attention to his professional duties, which are performed with a rare sense of conscientious obligation.