There is no doubt but that the medical profession is keeping pace with the wonderful twentieth century advancement, for there has been more progress in it during the past half a century than in all the ages of the world’s history prior to this period. The modern physician and surgeon is a skilled man of science, who not only ministers to the diseased, but labors to prevent sickness and aids in bringing about sanitary conditions. One of the leading members of the medical fraternity of Grundy County is Dr. Charles David Allison of South Wilmington, who has been in this community since 1900. He was born at St. Paul, Ind., August 10, 1871, a son of Frank and Mary (Garrett) Allison, both natives of the same place as their son. The father, who spent his active life as a farmer, is now living retired at St. Paul, Ind., but the mother died in December, 1908.
Dr. Allison grew up in Decatur County, upon his father’s farm, and went to the district schools of his neighborhood. For five years following the completion of his courses there, he taught school in Decatur County, thereby earning sufficient money to justify his entering a medical college at Indianapolis, Ind., from whence he was graduated in 1896. Following that event he located at Clark City, Ill., where he remained until 1900, at which time he came to South Wilmington, where he has built up a large and flourishing practice, and received municipal recognition in being appointed health official of the place, which office he still holds.
In 1900 Dr. Allison was married to Mina Apple, who was also born in Decatur County, Ind., December 9, 1874. Six children have been born of this union, namely: twins, who died in infancy; Nina; Mary; Charles and Caroline, all of whom are at home. Dr. Allison is a member of the Methodist Church. Fraternally he is a Mason and a Knight of Pythias. In politics he is a Democrat, and takes great interest in the success of his party. A man of learning, public-spirited and enterprising, Dr. Allison is a strong factor in the life of the community where he has spent the past fourteen years.
Source: History of Grundy County, Illinois, page 753. Chicago, IL, USA: Munsell Publishing, 1914.