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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography - Calvin E. Parker

SOURCE: "History of Champaign County, Illinois with Illustrations," 1878


CALVIN E. PARKER was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, September 7, 1850. His father, Ebenezer W. PARKER, is of English extraction; was born in Princeton, Mass., and married Miss Chloe Allen PARMENTER, a grand-daughter of the brother of Ethan ALLEN of Revolutionary fame, by whom he had four children, three girls and one boy.

Mr. Parker came to Illinois in 1856, and purchased a piece of ground in this county in the settlement known as Yankee Ridge. He is a Republican, and his family are members of the Congregationalist Church.

The son, C. E., whose biography we are giving, is a graduate of the Illinois Industrial University, of the class of 1872. After graduating he devoted several years to teaching school. July 3d, 1872, he was married to Miss Martha BAKER, of Philo. Several years later he commenced the study of medicine under Dr. H. C. Howard, of Champaign City; afterwards attended two courses of lectures at the Missouri Medical College, St. Louis; in 1876 entered the drug business, and the same year commenced the practice of medicine.

The Dr. belongs to the old and venerable allopathic school of practice. In 1877 he received the appointment of postmaster at Philo; in the spring of 1878 formed a copartnership in the practice of medicine with Dr. J. M. Bartholow, and the same year, 1878, was selected to represent the citizens of Philo township in the county court.

Thus it would appear from Mr. Parker's history, there courses through his veins the blood of a Revolutionary hero, no less than that of Ethan Allen, one of America's noblest and most illustrious patriots. Mr. Parker is a young man of exemplary character and recognized ability, who has but barely entered upon the threshold of his professional career, yet has already won the respect and confidence of his fellow-citizens, who by calling him to fill various offices of public trust, have thus unequivocally certified to his high standing as a gentleman of integrity, and most emphatically endorse all we have said of the subject of this sketch.

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