Lee County Biography


Dr. Clayton H. Bokhof, a Northwestern man, who since his graduation in 1899 has continuously practiced his profession, being located in Dixon since 1901, was born in Rock City, Illinois, on the 18th of March, 1873, his parents being Herman and Amelia (Eggert) Bokhof, the former a native of Germany and the latter of Illinois. The father is numbered among the leading, influential and progressive citizens of Bock City, where he is engaged in the grain business and also figures prominently in financial circles as the president of the Rock City State Bank.

Dr. Bokhof was reared amid pleasant home surroundings, where he received encouragement to develop the best that was in him in preparation for life's practical and responsible duties. When in the attainment of his education he had graduated from the high school at Rock City it was arranged that he should continue his studies in Beloit College at Beloit, Wisconsin, where his more specifically literary course was completed. A mental review of the many avenues of business opened to young men led him to the conclusion that he wished to engage in the practice of medicine, and to that purpose he entered the medical department of the Northwestern University at Chicago, where he took a full course and was graduated with the class of 1899. He then entered upon an eighteen months' service as interne and his experience in hospital work has been most valuable to him, giving him a broader knowledge than could be obtained in many years of general practice. Thus well equipped, he came to Dixon at the end of his internship, opened an office and entered upon general practice, in which he has been very successful. He keeps in touch with the advanced thought of his profession through wide reading and investigation and through the discussion of important professional problems as heard in the meetings of the Lee County Medical Society, the Illinois State Medical Association and the American Medical Association. He is now secretary of the first named.

In October, 1903, Dr. Bokhof was united in marriage to Miss Ann Steel, a daughter of W. B. Steel and a representative of one of the prominent families of Chicago. Dr. and Mrs. Bokhof have two children, Henry and Jean. Mrs. Bokhof is a member of the Presbyterian church. The Doctor's fraternal connection is with the Elks. He holds himself free from party ties in politics, voting independently. He is interested in matters of progressive citizenship and lends his aid and support to all movements for civic betterment.

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

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