From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 591-592, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Dr. W. G. Unland, one of the successful physicians and surgeons
of Beardstown, was born and chiefly reared in Cass county, Illinois.
His people are pioneers of the county. He came of good, respectable
German stock, his parents being born in Hanover. His father, Rev.
Casper H. Unland, had grown up there and for some time associated in
ministerial way with the old German Reformed Church. After coming to
this country and settling in Cass county, Mr. Unland connected himself
with the Methodist Episcopal Church and was associated with the local
work as a Methodist minister. He was so engaged at the time of his
death, March 8, 1889, when nearly eighty-two years of age. With the
money he had brought with him he bought and improved land, erecting
houses and a gristmill, which was one of the first in the county for
making flour. He was a good and worthy citizen, a prominent man. At
first a Whig, but in later years a stanch Republican. His wife who
survived him died September 25, 1891, and was eighty years of age on
the day of her burial. Her maiden name was Maria Carlas. She was a
worthy woman and a good neighbor.
The parents of Dr. Unland, recognizing in their son a bright
mind and a liking for books, afforded him opportunities for improvement
by sending him to the best schools in Quincy, Illinois. After this he
completed his classical education at the Wesleyan college at Warrenton,
Missouri. The Doctor practices upon a broad and liberal scale,
following no particular school. He is a graduate of two different
schools: Hahnemann Medical College of Chicago, in the class of 1871
(later he spent one year at Quincy, Illinois); after that he went to
Berlin, Germany, and graduated there again in medicine, and returned,
remained in Quincy for a time, going thence to Lincoln, Nebraska, later
to Fremont, and afterward to Pekin, Illinois, spending some time in
each place. Since 1881 he has practiced in Beardstown. His genial
nature and cheerful manner have made him very popular in his chosen
profession. His experience and thorough education in all branches of
medicine have made him very popular and his practice is a very large
and paying one.
The Doctor was married here to Miss Emily Minton, of Ohio, who
lived in Schuyler county for six years after coming to Illinois. Her
parents died in Caldwell, Kansas, some years ago. They have a bright
little daughter of eight years of age, named Ethel. They are members of
the Methodist Episcopal Church.