BLACK, CARL ELLSWORTH, A.M., M.D., a well known physician and surgeon of Jacksonville, Ill., was born in Winchester, Ill., July 4, 1862. He is the son of Dr. G. V. and Jane L. Coughennower Black, the former a native of Scott County, Ill., and the latter born in Griggsville, in the same State. His remote ancestry may be traced in the sketch of his father, appearing herewith.
Dr. Carl E. Black attended the public schools in Jacksonville, and graduated from the High School in 1881. He then entered Illinois College, from which he was graduated with the degree of B.S. in 1883. For two years thereafter he was local editor of the "Jacksonville Journal", and in 1885 entered the Northwestern University Medical School, from which he was graduated in 1887. A portion of the years 1888 and 1889 he spent abroad, principally in Vienna, but also engaged in hospital and laboratory work in Berlin, Paris, and London. He took post-graduate courses at the New York Polyclinic and the New York Post-Graduate Medical School, has contributed frequently to current medical literature, and has practiced continuously since 1889.
In 1890, in connection with Dr. W. K. McLaughlin, Dr. Carl E. Black established a private hospital known as the Jacksonville Sanitarium, which the latter conducted until 1896, in order to provide a place for surgical patients, to which he has devoted most of his time. In 1896 the Catholic Sisters established a hospital, thus taking away the necessity for a private establishment, which was then discontinued. Later Passavant Hospital opened its doors to all physicians. Dr. Black is one of the surgeons to both these institutions. For ten years or more this time has been occupied largely with the practice of surgery, and he is Surgeon for the Chicago & Alton Railroad Company, and the Chicago, Peoria & St. Louis Railroad Company. He has always been an active member and frequently an officer of the Morgan County Medical Society, was editor of the "Journal," which it published, and has been a frequent contributor of papers to various medical societies in Illinois, including the Illinois State Medical Society. He was a member of a committee or five appointed by the Illinois State Medical Society, in 1898, under whose auspices the "Illinois Medical Journal" was founded. In 1900 he was made Chairman of the Legislative committee of the State Association, and was continued in that position until 1903, when he was elected President of the Association. During this period the association increased from 485 to 4,500 members. For three years he has been Chairman of its "Journal" Committee, of the Council of the State Society, which has charge of the publication of the "Illinois Medical Journal." Dr. Black was a delegate to represent the profession of Illinois at the Atlantic City meeting of the American Medical Association, in 1903, and to its session at Portland, Ore., in 1905. He has also been a member of the Legislative Committee of that body. Aside from his professional relations, he has been a Director of the Jacksonville Public Library for many years, and its Vice-President of the Illinois State Library Association. He was one of the organizers of the Morgan County Historical Society in 1904, and was its first President.
Dr. Carl E. Black was married, June 12, 1889, to Bessie, a daughter of Rev. James and Frances (Kirby) McLaughlin. Six children have resulted from this union as follows: Kirby Vaughn; Carl Ellsworth, Jr.; Jane Coughennower, who died in infancy; Helen Margaret, deceased at the age of seven years; Dorothy Lawrence and Marjorie Vardeman. Somewhat of interesting detail has been necessarily omitted on account of lack of space, but a sufficient record is afforded to attest Dr. Black's standing as a citizen and a member of his profession.