Lee County Biography


Dr. E. B. Owens, a general medical practitioner whose skill in surgery has also led him to specialize somewhat along that line, came to Dixon in 1891 and has resided here continuously since, covering a period of about twenty-two years. He is a native of La Salle county, born on the 3rd of May, 1867. His parents, Daniel W. and Mary (Silverthorn) Owens, were both natives of Pennsylvania and were farming people. Removing westward, they settled in La Salle county and thus Dr. Owens was reared in this state. He supplemented his public-school training by a course in the Normal School of Bureau county, Illinois, from which he was graduated, and next entered the Northwestern University as a medical student, completing his professional training there in 1890. He afterward spent a year as resident physician and surgeon in St. Luke's Hospital of Chicago, thus gaining a practical experience and training such as can be obtained in no other way than through hospital practice. In 1891 he arrived in Dixon and has here since remained. His knowledge of the principles and science of medicine is comprehensive and exact and his training and interest in his profession have well qualified him to deal with many of the diseases to which flesh is heir. He has done considerable surgical work and specializes along this line, in which he has gained marked proficiency. He belongs to the local, state and national medical associations and thus keeps in touch with the advanced thought of the profession.

In 1894 Dr. Owens was united in marriage to Miss Eleanor Isett, a native of Pennsylvania, and unto them have been born two children, Elizabeth and Katherine. Dr. Owens votes with the republican party and keeps well informed concerning the significant and vital questions of the times. He and his wife hold membership in the Presbyterian church and during their residence in Dixon they have gained many friends among the church people and in social circles at large.

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

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