L.E. BLANE, D.D.S., one of the successful dentists of Menard county, having a large and growing practice in Greenview, was born in this county, on the 11th of March, 1878, his parents being John P. and Mary A. (Bracken) Blane. Dr. Blane began his education in the public schools of Greenview and completed the high school course by graduation with the class of 1896. He afterward entered the Highland Military Academy at Worcester, Massachusetts, where he was graduated in 1897 and then, determining upon the practice of dentistry as a life work, he entered the dental department of the Northwestern University, where he completed a full course by graduation in the class of 1900.
He located at once for practice in Greenview, where he has continuously remained and the business has constantly grown until it has reached large and profitable proportions. He has an office well supplied with the latest improved equipments known to dentistry and he likewise possesses the mechanical skill and financial ability which are so necessary to success in his profession. He has suffered some reverses, for on the 22d of June, 1900, his office was wrecked by a cyclone, and on the 30th of November, 1901, a disastrous fire occurred, burning all of his supplies, but with characteristic energy he has persevered and he is to-day recognized as one of the most capable dentists of Menard county.
On the 23d of October, 1901, was celebrated the marriage of Dr. Blane and Miss Clara A. Propst, a daughter of E.A. and Amanda (Kincaid) Propst, who were early settlers of this county. Unto Dr. and Mrs. Blane has been born one son, John P., Jr. The parents are members of the Christian church and Dr. Blane is also identified with the Masonic fraternity, belonging to both the blue lodge and chapter. He is likewise a member of Loyalty lodge, No. 181, K.P., and Greenview lodge, No. 423, I.O.O.F. His political allegiance is given to the Republican party and as every true American citizen should do he keeps well informed on the issues of the day and gives firm allegiance to the principles which he believes contain the best elements of good government, but he has never sought or desired office, preferring to concentrate his energies upon his profession, in which he has already gained for himself an enviable name and won creditable success.