DR. J. A. M. GIBBS, physician, Thebes. One of the best-known practitioners of Alexander County is the gentleman whose name heads this sketch. He is a native of Vienna,* Johnson County; was born June 23, 1843, and is a son of Dr. W. J. and Caroline Gibbs, natives of Virginia. Our subject attended the schools of his native town until nineteen, and then commenced reading medicine in the office of his father, and then in the office of Dr. George Bratton, also of Vienna. In 1866, '67 and '68, he attended lectures at Rush Medical College, Chicago, and in the last named year, graduated from that institution and immediately settled in Thebes, where he has since become a leading physician of that section. In 1868, the Doctor was married to Miss L. C. Barkhausen, a daughter of Dr. Barkhausen, of Thebes Precinct. She was born May 23, 1845, and is the mother of one child— Harry, born October 5, 1869. Our subject enlisted in the One Hundred and Twentieth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, August 13, 1862, and remained out until September, 1865, having been promoted to a Captaincy for gallant service. In politics, our subject is a Republican. Mrs. Gibbs was elected November, 1882, to the office of County School Superintendent. The Doctor is a member of Elco Lodge, No. 643, I. O. O. F., and served his county as Commissioner from 1878 to 1882. Is now living on a farm of twenty acres in Section 9, Township 15, Range 9.
Extracted 29 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, page 230.
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