From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 560-561, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Arthur A. McCabe, M. D., one of the most prominent physicians of
Versailles, was born in Macomb, McDonough county, Illinois, December
17, 1856. His father, John McCabe, was a native of Ohio, and his
father, also John McCabe, was a native of the same State. The latter
gentleman was a blacksmith who came to Fulton county, Illinois, about
1849, where he followed his trade until he went into the army, in 1862.
He had a family of seven sons and one son-in-law when he went to the
defense of the old flag. Four of his sons, he, himself and the
son-in-law, all perished in the army. Mr. McCabe dying from the effects
of poison in a mince pie, which was bought of a Confederate and
contained poison. The names of his sons who fought in the late
struggle, were: John, father of subject; Miles, James, Marion, Westley
and the son-in-law, James W. Jefferson, who married the daughter, Mary
McCabe. There were four other brothers, also. Miles survived the war,
but died of consumption, contracted in the service. John was a
volunteer in the Eighty-fourth Illinois Infantry, entering as a private
and coming out as an Orderly of Company A, after a service of three
years. He was wounded at the battle of Lookout Mountain, a ball passing
through his ankle. He received a furlough, but on his way back to
Washington he was hurt by jumping from the cars; so badly was he
injured that he was obliged to delay joining his command for some
weeks. While waiting he joined the Masonic fraternity, and while sick
in a strange city proved the worth of the order. When he returned, he
was given a commissary position, and served his time out. His brother
James was in the service three years and came out of the war sound and
hearty, and is now a resident of Texas, in the employ of the railroad.
He had quite a romantic accident some time since. He was injured by an
explosion in Ohio, and he was nursed back to life in a Catholic
hospital by the Catholic Sisters. So impressed was he by their sweet
faces and kind, skillful treatment that he declares that if he ever
marries, one of those sisters will be his wife!
John McCabe was married, at Indianapolis, Indiana, to Mary Ann
Clark of that city, when twenty-two years of age. They came to Illinois
soon after marriage, and made their home on a farm in Littleton
township, Schuyler county, moving from there to Macomb, and from there
to Rushville, where they have lived ever since. Here Mr. McCabe has
carried on a successful business in the manufactury of brick and tile,
in connection with his son, James. Mr. McCabe has three sons and one
daughter, namely: James; Arthur, subject; Howard C.; Cora May, wife of
Allen Walker, of Rushville. Two sons and one daughter died in infancy.
Dr. McCabe was educated at the Rushville high school, and in the
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Keokuk, Iowa, graduating in the
class of 1878. He began his practice in Bath, Mason county, where he
remained for two years, then removing to Littleton, Schuyler county,
where he remained for two years, when he finally removed to Versailles.
Here he practiced for four years and then removed to Mt. Sterling and
remained for one year, returning to Versailles, where he has remained
ever since, enjoying a good practice.
The Doctor was married, January 1, 1879, to Carrie E. Seely, of
Rushville, daughter of James Seely and Mary Sanford, born in New York.
They have one daughter, Myrtle Isabelle, a promising, beautiful child
of ten years of age, whose musical attainments on the piano are
wonderful for one of her tender years.
The Doctor is a Master Mason, and a member of the fraternity of
Modern Woodmen. He has been a Republican since the start of the party,
and has always voted according to the principles of that party. He has
served on the central committee for some time.
The Doctor has gained the confidence and respect of all who know
him, and his large practice testifies to the appreciation in which his
services are held. He and his estimable wife hold an enviable position
in Versailles society.