BIOGRAPHY - Thomas Wiley

THOMAS R. WILEY, M. D., B. S., the pioneer physician and surgeon of Gibson City, or the oldest in years of practice now residing there, was born near Colfax, McLean County, Ill., June 19, 1844. His parents were Lyttle R. and Sarah R. Wiley. The father was a native of Kentucky, born near Lexington, on the 16th of November, 1819, and came to Illinois in 1840, engaging in farming in McLean County. His marriage was celebrated in Indiana, his wile being a native of that State, born in Switzerland County. He died in November, 1889, but her death occurred at her home in McLean County, this State, in September, 1885.

Thomas R. was reared on a farm until twenty years of age and after attending the preparatory schools, took a full collegiate course at the Illinois Wesleyan University, being graduated with the degree of B. S. in the class of 1871. He then began the study of medicine with Dr. Hill, of Bloomington, and later took a course of lectures at the Michigan State University at Ann Arbor. Later he attended Rush Medical College of Chicago, where he further fitted himself for the practice of his profession, and was graduated in the class of February, 1874. The following March he established practice in Gibson City, which he has continued with marked success to the present time. He is a member of the Illinois Central Medical Association and of the National Railway Surgeons' Association. He has been the local surgeon of the Illinois Central Railroad for four years and is examining physician and surgeon for the following named insurance companies and societies: New York Life, New York Mutual, the Equitable of New York, New York Home; Aetna, of Hartford; Northwestern Mutual, of Milwaukee, Wis.; Franklin, of Hartford, Conn.; the Mutual, of Hartford, Travelers', and others.

On the 17th of June, 1874, Dr. Wiley was married in Bloomington, Ill., to Miss Mattie E. Reeves, a daughter of O. S. Reeves. Mrs. Wiley was born in McLean County, and was reared in Leroy, Ill. She is a devoted member of the Christian Church and one of its earnest workers. Her father died when she was a child and her mother, who still survives her husband, makes her home in Bloomington. Dr. and Mrs. Wiley have one child, a daughter, Beulah Belle, who was born in Gibson City.

The Doctor is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and, in political sentiment, is independent. He has been chosen by his fellow-citizens to various official positions of honor and trust. He was the second President, of Gibson Village Board. For several years he has been a member of the Village School Board, for three years of that time serving as its President and has shown much interest in the advancement of education. He was one of the organizers of the People's International Investment and Loan Association, of which he has been its President, and a director. He is also interested in the land syndicate that has invested in the city real estate under the title of the Gibson Land Improvement Company. In addition to valuable city property, Dr. Wiley is the owner of a fine farm of five hundred and thirty acres, situated in the town of Brown, Champaign County, which he leases. The Doctor is a physician and surgeon of recognized ability, thorough culture and large experience. He has been eminently successful in his practice, accumulating a valuable property, and has won a foremost place among the skilled of his profession in Eastern and Central Illinois.

Extracted 04 Nov 2018 by Norma Hass from Portrait and Biographical Record of Ford County, Illinois, published in 1892, pages 235-236.

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