DR. LUKE CHANDLER HIGGINS. The name of this successful and popular practitioner is familiar to the leading residents of Naples, where he has labored for many years as a physician and surgeon with phenomenal success. He, however, is fond of farming pursuits, and makes a specialty of stock-raising, - an industry in which he takes great pride - and has bred some of the finest animals in this part of Scott County. He is popular in his community conscientious and straightforward in his dealings, and in all respects a praiseworthy citizen.
Dr. Higgins represents an excellent family, being the son of Samuel C. Higgins, a native of Elizabethtown, N.J., and the grandson of Capt. Luke H. Higgins, who was born in New Jersey and followed the sea. The latter was of Scotch descent, and met his death by drowning off the coast of Brooklyn. Samuel Higgins learned shoe making in his native State, whence he removed in his youth to Rochester, N.Y., where he was married and engaged in the shoe business. He finally, in 1844, traded the property which he had accumulated for an 80 acre farm in Genesee County, N.Y., where he still resides, and is now eighty years old (September, 1888). Our subject boasts of twin uncles, eighty-one years old in July, 1888. These remarkable old gentlemen were residents of Brooklyn, N.Y.; one died in October, 1888, and the other is living. The father of our subject was a Democrat in politics, and a supporter of the Presbyterian Church, of which his wife had been a member over forty years.
Mrs. Mary (Godby) Higgins, the mother of our subject was born in Bristol, Mass., and was the daughter of Seth Godby, a descendant of English ancestry, and a carpenter by trade. She lived to the age of seventy-four years, and was an active member of the Presbyterian Church. She spent her last years in Genesee County, N.Y. They lived on the same farm forty-two years. The parental household included five children, the eldest of whom, Isaac M., is a resident of Macon County, this State, where he prosecutes farming and the breeding of full blooded horses; he is a member of the Horse Breeder's Association. Mae J., Mrs. Richards, lives in Macon County, where her husband is engaged as a farmer and stock-raiser, dealing largely in horses and cattle of fine grades; Robert S. is farming in Genesee County, N.Y.; Sarah died at the age of three years. Our subject was the youngest.
Dr. Higgins was born in Corfu, Genesee Co., N.Y., Jan. 4, 1845, and was reared a farmer's boy, attending the common school until eighteen years old. He then engaged in the study of medicine under Dr. Isiah Rayno, for four years, during which he entered the medical department of the Buffalo University, attending three school sessions, making a three years' course, and was graduated with honors in the spring of 1868, receiving his diploma, signed by Millard Fillmore, ex-President of the United States. He came West and began the practice of his profession in Macon, this State, in April, 1868. He continued here until September, 1869, then, coming to Naples, pursued his practice with the same fidelity as heretofore, and was soon in the enjoyment of a large and lucrative business. He for some time labored under considerable disadvantage, but has come off with flying colors. His practice extends throughout Pike, Morgan and Scott counties, but he makes his headquarters at Naples, where he has two residences and four lots. He also owns 160 acres of land at Bernard post-office, in Lincoln County, Kan. He is also engaged in the livery business, keeping about fifteen to twenty head of good road horses. In the cattle line his favorites are blooded Holsteins, which he obtained from different parts of this State and Ohio, and which he grazes on the Illinois bottoms. He pursues this industry simply for the love of it. He has one magnificent thorough-bred Hambletonian trotting stallion, "Robert Bonner," who has made a fine record, and also has other full-blooded trotting stock, mostly colts.
Not content with the interests already mentioned, Dr. Higgins is quite an apiarist, having about fifty stands of bees, the largest collection in his precinct. He is a gentleman of excellent education, especially in his profession - a close student and of regular habits. He votes the Democratic ticket, and socially, belongs to the I.O.O.F., at Naples. He has served as President of the School Board four years, and is now serving his fourth term as a member of the same. He has also been a member of the Board of Trustees. Connected with his profession, he is the examiner for fifteen different insurance Companies.
Dr. Higgins was married in Naples, May 8, 1869, to Miss Louie W. Weed. Mrs. Higgins was born in Sandusky, Ohio, March 5, 1849. She came to this county with her mother and stepfather when quite young. She was partially reared in Madison, Wis. She was educated at Oberlin College, Ohio, and completed her studies in the State Normal School of Missouri. Of this union there have been born two children - Samuel C., Jr., and Jennie W.