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-.=81L.TENNIAL EDITION (Tlm-News, Mr. PulaskL IlL) THURSDAY, JULY 12, 1961 DR. GEORGE S. CONNELLY SERVED HUMANITY OVER 40 YEAR PERIOD DR. PHILLIP OYLER FIRST PRAC'HSED HERE IN 1878 A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Phillip Oyler was born in Car- lisle, Oct. 13, 1846, the son of George and Sarah (Hickman) Oyler. Dr. Oyler was the sixth of II children. He acquired his early education in Carlisle, Penn. Dr. Oyler began his study of medicine with Dr. Keffer, of Car- lisle, and later in order to meet his expenses while preparing for his profession, went to Indian- apolis, Ind. in 1867, and engaged in the manufacture of the Sarven Patent Buggy Wheel, by which means he accumulated over three thousand dollars. Later he enter- ed the Louisville Medical College of Louisville, Ky, where he was graduated in the Class of 1878. Retumlng to Mount Pulaski, where he had first located in 1878 he resumed active practice. He was a surgeon for both divisions of medicine with his uncle, Dr. P. Watts, at Camden, Ill., and lat. er attended lectures at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Keo. kuk, Iowa, where he graduated in 1887, with an MD degree. He opened his office in Mount Pulaski in April, 1887. In 1884, Dr. Rigg was united in marriage with Miss Ida Bank, of Farmington, Iowa, a daughter of Wm. and Catherine (Heinberg- er) Bank, and had two children, Harry Edward and James Reuel. DR. L. L. DENISON, 94, PHYSICIAN FOR PERIOD OF 61 YEARS Lake Fork's No. 1 Citizen, Dr. Lee L. Denison, passed to his eternal reward, January 11, 1960, at 6:30 p.m. in his home when he failed to recover from a stroke suffered on Thursday. He was 94 years of age. Dr. Denison's passing from the life of his community, which is a few miles southwest of Mount Pulaski, was a distinct loss not DR. JAMES R. ,, PRACTICED FROM 1898 TO Dr. James R. Rigg pr.;_, medicine in Mt. PulaS .'0" to 1916, when he retirea ,.r Dr. George S. Connelly, one of Mount Pulaski's best known and beloved residents, died at 11:55 axn., Tuesday, Nov. 25, 1952, in St. Clara's hospital, Lincoln, Ill., where he had been a patient for over two weeks. He had been in failing health for many months. Dr. Connelly was aged "/3 years, 2 months and 22 days. He was born Sept. 3, 18"/9, in Harristown, Ill., a son of Dr. John Julian Connelly and Nancy Lewis Bedford Connelly. He spent his boyhood days in Harristown and attended grade school there. After graduating from the Decatur high school he went to St. Louis, Mo., where he attended the Barnes Medical School, graduat- ing in 1909. He began the practice of medi- cine in Latham, remaining about REFLECTIONS (By IL J. Wible) DR. GEORGE S. CONNELLY The Groat Physdclan of the uni. veum has "retired from service", another of his earthly minlstezL who devoted his lifo to the physi. ca1 woffca of thoee He created after His own image. He has called him from our midst to etemal rest to where no tinkling bell in the middle of the night can rouse his weary hody as miad, Wxsoro he had dropped for a brief rest after a day and night of am-vice to his foliowmcm, Striving to the beet of his abil. fry to alleviate the suffering of pofn.rackod bedise as well as to give weals of encouragement to those who stood help4mmly by. This was h'- portlculca mission in lifo--ministering to the phys. iazi needs of his friols and neighbe With an ever good-natured mnlio and a bit of banter, that perhape did more at timse to give tbe sickbed patiemt that nsedsd -mr" in 3tt, Than did the sugax-fl! with th  A "oantrr doctor' -- and we aay that with all the rewrmsco and affection we know the eutire community Has loft us, and we am much the pom 1or his gofng. For he will be mlam not only for his smrvlae to humanity, but for his own loveable penanaUty. Wben we thhsk of a coumtrT doctor, we think of the mea who beg tbeb  back In tbe hone and buggy dayL Iksck whan trav was zlow and the calls far apart. Back whms muddy, of mow-bloclmd roadd tmmd not out7 the phmlcal sWm of tbe gasd ofd countrr 6'tWo one year. In the fall of 1910, Dr. Connelly located in Mount Pulas- ki and for a few years was in partnership with Dr. James R. Rigg. in Normal, Ill., May 22, 1912, he married Miss Ada Shanklln, who was teaching in the old Mt. Pulaski school in the east part of the city at that time. Dr. Connelly was a member of the Mount Pulaski Masonic Lodge, and the Ansar Shrine Temple of Springfield. He also belonged to the American Medical Association, the Illinois Medical Association and the Logan County Medical Asociation. He is survived by his wife and two sons, John Harold of New York City, and George, of Mun- delin, Ill., and one daughter, Dor- othy Palmer, of Decatur. But mapped at his spirit as welL He had to smile and Jolm even though his own moz wl at a low :db, and It was be who need- ed that spark How, that was a part of his dsdicatioa to the nasds of his feUowmeu. Rut thsee were ouly a part of his dsep ty to his community, for to him came the gmate pwtvtleg Of bringing new life into this world--.and "his bable are ym--to mJec=rd them help bssg them to manhood and womanhood. That they too, might beget life in the never.euding pattern of human destiny. Ltim a dwn, coustantly pmming away, and yet constantly co- lng om Them have no doubt been many hoartachee wheu the Grim Reaper invaded his community. wide domain and prematurely took oao of his tmsants to that other clime. However, many bright memor. ise must have come to him, Uke sunshine g acrose the hills at the close of a stormy day. For in tbe light of that ray, the very clouds that mads the day dark, grow glm'loasly beau- tiful So, we salute you, Doctor, fn that Great hoyand, and Join in humble homage for a lifo glor- ioualy speut in our sm'vicL "think not the goo The gantlo dasds of mwc3r thou hast done, Shaft die fmvotm all: The pew, the pmanw, The fathorlem, tbe frimdlem, and the widow, Who daffy own tbe bounty of thy hand, ShaU cry to lhmsn and put a bleming m thoL'---RowL of the Illinois Central railroad passing through Mount Pulaski. In November, 1868, at Indian- apolis, Ind., Dr. Oyler and Miss Sarah Westover, daughter of ;Jonathan and Mary (Bean) West. over, the former a native of New York, and the latter of England. He was on the city council and during his term of office he did the preliminary work and helped get the water works established. DR. RICHARD RIGG OPENED PRACTICE HERE BACK IN 1887 Dr. Richard W. Rigg, a suc- cessful and prominent physician and surgeon of Mount Pulaski, was a native of the state, his birth having occurred in Mt. Sterling, Brown County, Aug. 5, 1856. Dr. Rigg acquired his primary education in the public schools of Illinois, and attended State Normal School at Normal. In 1883, he took up the study only to the residents of Lake Fork but for folks from a wide area. Dr. Denison was born Jan. 6, 1866, in Burnsville, Braxton Co., West Virginia, a son of James and Rachel Herring Denison. After graduating from Louis- villo Medical College in Louis- ville, Kentucky, he came to Lake Fork in 1898 and began the prac- tice of medicine, that being 61 years ago. He retired from ac- ed to Bloomington, IlL He graduated from we ;, of Physicians & Surge_,:'l r Irl "- kuk, Iowa, where fo _ j he owned and operateO .i store. . - I The College of physi l Surgeons was at that . I@  [medical department of u I State University. te - I In 1905, Dr. Rigg  New York Post Gradua 7. school, where he coP" full course in the studY ear, nose, and throat, "  a )uPe'rgliStthe time he I_ in Mt. Pulaski hiS father; J. Rigg was associat.e. rs. _Jl for a period of three y c-, The late Dr. George "lJ' was associated witl . the time of his retirem'  Dr. and Mrs. Rigg, :i Bessie Wacaser, now  = ifornia. Their daught  (Mrs. Arthur Scroggi de/ Washington, Ill., ant "li' (Mrs. Earl M. Riec tive practice, three years ago, at the age of 91. Besides his wife, the former Lucy Zelle, he is survived by her daughter in law, Mrs. Helen Den- ison of Springfield; two sisters, Mrs. Viola Gerwig and Mrs. Es- telle Cunningham of Frametown, West Va. The Bank of Scroggin & Son was formerly conducted by Scrog. gin & Sawyer, who began bus- iness in 1872. There were four houses of en- tertainment for the traveler  the Scroggin Hotel, Logan House, Mt. /" Pulaski House and Palace Hotel. 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