Lee County Biography


Dr. H. C. Barth, veterinary surgeon and proprietor of the Barth Veterinary Hospital at Amboy, arrived in this county in 1905 and at once entered upon the active practice of his profession. He was then a young man of but twenty-three years, his birth having occurred at Freeport, Illinois, May 8, 1882, his parents being John and Minnie (Strate) Barth, who were of German lineage. The father formerly engaged in dealing in horses but is now living retired in Freeport.

After acquiring his primary education in the public schools Dr. Barth entered the College of Commerce at the age of sixteen years and was graduated there from in 1898. He afterward became connected with the veterinary hospital at Freeport, where he remained until, having determined to qualify for the profession, he became a student in the Veterinary College at Chicago, being graduated there from in 1905, at which time he received the diploma of the school. He at once came to Amboy and entered upon the active practice of his profession. He had no capital whatever but made such success that after four years he was able to build a hospital. He is well informed concerning the practice of veterinary surgery and his pronounced ability has made him one of the leading representatives of the profession in Lee county.

In Amboy, on the fifth of October, 1907, Dr. Barth was married to Miss Alice Tune, a daughter of Edward and Elizabeth June, the former a pioneer farmer of this county. They have one child, a daughter, Lucille. In politics Mr. Barth is independent. Fraternally he is connected with the Masons, holding membership in both the lodge and chapter at Amboy, and his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Methodist Episcopal church. These associations indicate much of the nature of his interests and the rules that govern his conduct. The following of these rules has made him a man whom to know is to fully respect.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.


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