Lee County Biography


Dr. William C. McWethy, who since March, 1909, has engaged in the practice of dentistry in Dixon, his native city, was born in 1871 , his parents being J. H. and Hattie E. (Sheldon) McWethy, who had been residents of this state for a decade at the time of the birth of their son William. The father was a farmer by occupation and dependent upon that pursuit in order to provide for his family. In his later life hoe retired, for in tilling the soil he had won a substantial competence that enabled him to spend the evening of his life in rest from labor and yet enjoy all of the comforts and some of the luxuries which go to make life worth the living. His political support was given to the republican party and both he and his wife were members of the Presbyterian church of Dixon from its organization until they were called to their final rest. They were ever loyal to its teachings and contributed generously to its support. Both have now passed away.

Dr. McWethy supplemented his common-school education by a course in the Steinmann Institute and then in preparation for a professional career entered the Northwestern University as a dental student and was graduated in 1899 He practiced in Chicago for a short time and afterward removed to Ashton, Illinois, where he remained until March, 1909, when he came to Dixon and opened an office. He has a pleasant suite of rooms well appointed in all of the equipments necessary for the practice of dentistry according to the most modern and progressive methods. He keeps in touch with the advancement that is being continually made in the profession and he possesses the mechanical skill and ingenuity as well as the scientific knowledge which must go hand in hand with business ability in order that a dentist may win success.

In 1900 Dr. McWethy was married to Miss Bertha L. Hubbard, a native of Dixon and a daughter of M. D. Hubbard, who was one of the early settlers of the county, having been brought by his parents to this section of the state in his infancy. Mr. Hubbard is now deceased. Unto Dr. and Mrs. McWethy has been born a son, Donald Sheldon. Politically Dr. McWethy is a progressive republican and fraternally he is connected with the Masons, the Elks and the Woodmen. Both he and his wife hold membership in the Presbyterian church and are interested and active in its work and liberal in its support. Their many sterling traits of heart and mind have gained them popularity and high regard and they have an extensive circle of friends in this city, in which they have spent practically their entire lives.

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

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