Biography - L Stocking
L. E. STOCKING, M. D., Anna. This gentleman is a native of Collinsville, N. Y., born December 2, 1847. His grandfather, Ansel Stocking, was of Scotch descent, a blacksmith by occupation. His father, Walter Stocking, a native of Connecticut, was born in 1812. He is now a resident of Caledonia, Mo., where he is engaged in agricultural pursuits, but he was formerly engaged in the mercantile business. He married Miss Rebecca (Downey) Stocking (mother of subject), a native of Vermont, born in 1812. She traces her ancestry back to Commodore Downey, of the English Navy. She is the mother of nine children, five boys and four girls. Dr. Stocking was educated in the common schools of Wisconsin, and took a preparatory collegiate course at Allen's Grove Academy, of the same State. At nineteen years of age, he entered the Michigan University, graduating from the same in June, 1870. Soon after his return from college, he began teaching, and was Principal of the school at Potosi, Mo., also at Irondale, Mo. In about 1873, he began the study of medicine with Dr. L. T. Hall, of Potosi, Mo., and in 1874 he entered the St. Louis Medical College, and graduated from the same in March, 1876. He immediately began the practice of his chosen profession at Dardanelle, Ark., where he remained until 1877, when he came to Anna, Union Co., Ill. The following year, he was appointed First Assistant Physician of the Southern Illinois Insane Asylum, a position he still holds. In Anna, September 6, 1876, he married Miss Helen L. Whiteman, a native of Watseka, Ill., born November 23, 1855. She is a daughter of Jacob and Nancy (Wright) Whiteman. The Doctor and wife are connected with the Presbyterian Church. He is a member of the Southern Illinois Medical Society, and the Tri-State Medical Association. In politics, the Doctor is identified with the principles of the Republican party.
Extracted 02 Apr 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, pages 84-85.