David C. Linn,
M. D.


From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 570-571, a reprinted by Stevens Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
  David C. Linn, who ably represents Frederick township on the County Board of Supervisors, was born in Franklin county, Indiana, March 29, 1834, a son of John Linn, a native of Sidney, Ohio. The father was a carpenter and wheelwright by trade, and was engaged in the manufacture of large spinning and small flax wheels. He removed to Indiana when a young man, and followed his trade in Franklin county until 1839, when he started westward with his family, his objective point being Illinois; the entire journey was made overland, and after about five weeks of travel he landed in Adams county. At first he rented land near Camp Point, and two years later he bought a tract of land; here he erected a log house and a shop, and worked at his trade, at the same time superintending the cultivation of his farm. He made many valuable improvements, and resided on the place until his death in 1881. His wife's maiden name was Nancy Gant; she now resides at Camp Point, at the advanced age of eighty-three years. David C. is one of a family of eleven children, and was but six years of age when he came to Illinois with his parents. At that time Adams county was sparsely settled; deer, wild turkeys and other game abounded, and the iron horse had not yet penetrated the frontier. Quincy was the nearest market town, and was the depot of supplies for many miles around.
  Dr. Linn received his early education in the primitive schools which were taught in the log schoolhouse. At the age of eighteen he began the study of medicine under the preceptorship of Dr. Ashton, of Cincinnati; he also attended lectures at the Eclectic Medical College, and in 1857 began the practice of his profession at Birmingham; he had been there but a short time when he went to Plymouth, where he practiced until 1859. In the spring fo that year he was graduated from the Eclectic Medical College of Cincinnati, and then located in Frederick township, where he has practiced continuously since. He has been a close student of his profession, and has availed himself of every opportunity of improvement. In 1883 he attended a course of medical lectures at Bellevue Hospital medical College, and in 1888 he was graduated from the Ohio Medical College at Cincinnati.
  In the month of March, 1865, Dr. Linn entered the service of the United States, as Assistant Surgeon of the One Hundred and Forty-eighth Volunteer Infantry, and was on duty until the following September, when he was honorably discharged, the war being ended.
  He was married in March, 1861, to Ada Folsom, a native of Illinois; she died in August, 1862. The Doctor was married again in 1863, to Della Truett, of Baltimore. Politically he is a Republican, and a stanch supporter of the principles of that party. He was first elected Supervisor in 1886, and has served continuously since that time. He has been a capable and efficient officer, working always for the best interests of the county. He has been successful in his profession, and has a large and appreciative practice.

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