Biography - L. D. Keith

L. D. KEITH, M. D. Such rapid strides have been made in the medical profession during late years, that the practitioner who would keep abreast of modern progress must ever be on the alert to take advantage of the various discoveries and inventions constantly being made, and consequently the physician of today finds a large part of his time given to study and research in order that he may attain success among his fellows. The members of the profession in Illinois are fully capable of holding their own with those of other sections of the country and of maintaining the high standard set by those who have gone before them, and one who has met with a measure of success in his chosen calling is Dr. L. D. Keith, whose field of practice is the progressive city of Anna, Union county. Dr. Keith is a native of this county, having been born in the town of Balcom, in 1865, and is a son of Benjamin B. and Sarah I. (Corzine) Keith. The former was born in Tennessee, near the town of Murfreesboro, in 1833, and died in Union county, Illinois, January 3, 1911, and the latter, a native of North Carolina, born in 1830, also passed away here.

The early education of Dr. Keith was secured in the public schools of his native community, and for ten years he was engaged in school teaching here, in the meantime entering Ohio Wesleyan College, Delaware, from which he was graduated in 1890, with the degree of A. B. His medical training was obtained in Louisville, Kentucky, being graduated from the college there in 1896, at which time he came to Anna and established himself in practice. His ability was soon recognized, and aided by a sympathetic nature and pleasant personality he was enabled to build up a lucrative clientele. From 1898 until 1900 he served very satisfactorily as coroner of the county. Dr. Keith maintains his membership in the county, and state medical organizations. Fraternally, he is a member of Anna Lodge No. 520, of the Masonic fraternity.

In 1891, Dr. Keith was united in marriage with Miss A. Parker, who was born in Union county, the daughter of Dr. D. A. and Susan Parker, and to this union there have been born three children: Roy, who is fifteen years of age; May, who has reached the age of eight years; and John, who is four. Both the Keith and Parker families are well known in this section.

Extracted from 1912 A History of Southern Illinois, volume 2, pages 665-666.

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