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Christian County Illinois

Named after Christian County in Kentucky through the influence of emigrants from that county.

Established February 15, 1839 as Dane County (Laws, 1839, p. 104). Name changed to Christian County in 1840.

Portrait and biographical record of Christian County, Illinois : containing biographical sketches of prominent and   representative citizens, together with biographies of all the Governors of the state, and of the Presidents of the United States.  Chicago, Ill. : Lake City Pub. Co., 1893.  Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards, 2007.
G. J. RIVARD, M. D., is one of the best-known physicians and surgeons of Assumption, and is a member of the village Board of Health. He belongs to the American Medical Association, and by study and research makes it his constant endeavor to keep fully abreast with the times in everything relating to the theory and practice of medicine. As a citizen he is highly esteemed, and is always foremost in every enterprise for the benefit of the community. He has been in successful practice here since 1881.

The Doctor is a native son of Illinois, born in Kankakee County November 5, 1859. His father, Oliver Rivard, is a native of Canada, and came to the United States when a lad of only ten years, making the journey with his brother, who is numbered among the pioneers of Kankakee County.

He grew to manhood there, and upon reaching his majority wedded a lady of French descent. She was a Miss Philomen Frazer, a daughter of August Frazer, who was one of the first to settle in Kankakee County. Mr. and Mrs. Rivard spent their lives and reared their family in the same locality in which the former settled upon his arrival in Illinois. In the fall of 1892 the father met with an accident which caused his death, being killed by a train while walking on the railroad. At the time of his decease he was fifty-nine years of age, and his loss was deeply felt in the community.

The boyhood days of Dr. Rivard were passed in his native county, and he was fortunate in being given the best of school advantages. Entering St. Viateur's College [ed., St. Viator College], he completed the classical course, graduating from that institution at the age of eighteen years.

He had given special attention to the classics and scientific studies. Being ambitious, he concluded to adopt one of the professions, and in pursuance of that determination went to Chicago, and after a three-years course in the Chicago Medical College [ed., Chicago Medical School affiliated with the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science] was graduated, March 28, 1881.

At this time he was just past his twenty-first birthday anniversary, which fact shows the unusual diligence and industry of this young student. Upon completing his collegiate course, Dr. Rivard located in Assumption, and began his practice. Necessarily at first he met with Considerable discouragement, as is the case with nearly every young doctor, but his perseverance soon brought him many patients.

At the present time he has a large and increasing practice and has built up an enviable reputation as one of the successful physicians of Christian County. He has used good judgment in the investment of his means, and owns considerable local real estate.

He owns two good business houses and a valuable and well-improved farm of one hundred and sixty acres in Shelby County, besides several residences. He is recognized as one of the substantial and well-to-do business men of the community. He has been a stockholder in the Assumption Coal and Mining Company, which enterprise he was prominent in organizing, and also is a member of and Director in the People's Building, Saving and Loan Association.

On October 25, 1882, the Doctor and Miss Leah M. Beauchamp were wedded. The lady is a native of Kankakee County, and is a daughter of Felix Beauchamp, who located there before the now flourishing city of Kankakee was started. The Doctor and his wife have three children, namely: Rita, Queena and George J.

The family attend the Catholic Church of Assumption and are active in its work. Politically, our subject is a Republican, having supported that party with his ballot and influence since arriving at his majority.

He is not a politician, having preferred to attend to his professional duties and private interests, and. though he has been requested to do so, has never accepted any official position.


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