JOHN WHITLOCK HAIRGROVE, M.D. - This rising young physician and surgeon although only having been a resident of Waverly since May, 1886, is quite well established in his profession at this point, and is rapidly gaining the confidence, not only of his patrons, but the people at large. He is a native of this county, having been born in Jacksonville, Aug. 21, 1856, and is the son of Columbus and Rose A. (Whitlock) Hairgrove, natives respectively, of Georgia and Kentucky, and now residents of Jacksonville.
Soon after his birth, the parents of our subject removed to Kansas, and later to Memphis, Tenn. Finally returning to this county, they settled on a farm near Jacksonville, and there, from the age of six years upward, our subject spent his boyhood and youth, and received such educational advantages as was afforded by the country schools. Later he took a course in the Business College at Jacksonville, and finally became a student of Illinois College, where he remained three years. In the fall of 1880 he commenced the study of medicine, and in the spring of 1881 entered the office of Dr. David Prince, of Jacksonville where he applied himself closely to the best medical works within his reach, and at the end of one year became the assistant of his tutor.
Our subject remained with Dr. Prince until May, 1885, and a portion of this time attended lectures in the Hospital College of Medicine of Louisville, Ky., and in the Missouri Medical College at St. Louis. From this latter institution he was graduated in 1885, passing his examination and receiving his diploma two months prior to the time of commencement. He then commenced traveling over the Western country, and was thus occupied for about ten months, practicing medicine some of the time at Raton, N.M. Upon returning to Illinois in 1886, he located at Waverly, where he proposes to remain.
Although having little time to give to the discussion of political affairs, Dr. Hairgrove keeps himself posted on the situation, and takes sufficient interest therein to give his unqualified support to the Republican party. Socially, he belongs to the K. of P. and the I.O.O.F. In the biography of his parents, on another page in this Album further reference to the family history may be found.