PERKINS, J. B., M.D., physician and surgeon, Franklin, Ill. - The great results in life are usually attained by simple means, and the exercise of ordinary talents. The road of human welfare lies along the old highway of steadfast well doing. Common sense, application, and perseverance accomplish often more than so-called genius. In no instance is this shown more plainly than in the medical profession, where undoubted worth is sure to win acknowledgment and advancement.
Dr. J. B. Perkins was born in Harrison County, Ky., on January 19, 1862, the son of A. J. and Mary E. (Eckler) Perkins, who died on their Kentucky homestead December 28, 1883, and November 18, 1902, respectively. After leaving the common schools of his native state he attended the Illinois Normal School at Dixon, graduating therefrom as a commercial student. He then began the study of medicine under Dr. B. T. McLean, of Franklin, who advised a course in the Cincinnati College of Medicine and Surgery. The young man remained in this institution from 1892 to 1895, graduating April 3d, of the latter year. Within twelve days after receiving his diploma the new practitioner was established in an office in Franklin, Ill., and since that date has more than held his own, being accounted more than ordinarily successful in his professional work. On September 12, 1893, Dr. Perkins was united in marriage to Minnie M. daughter of Robert S. Colpitts, of Cass County, and of this union two children have been born - Ona May and Mary Roberta.
In his political views Dr. Perkins is a Democrat. He has been a member of the Town Board, and was for four years Chairman of the Board of Health in Franklin, while for two years he has been President of the Board of Education. He is a member of the State and County medical Association; is an ardent Modern Woodman, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.