LaSalle County


Samuel H. Montgomery was born July 6, 1857, near the village of Richmond, Jefferson county, Ohio. His parents were Dr. James Montgomery and Rebecca Swickard Montgomery, natives of Ohio. Dr. James Montgomery, our subject's father, was reared on a farm until seventeen years of age, his father, Hugh Montgomery, being a farmer by occupation. Dr. Montgomery received his primary education in the district schools and afterward spent about two years at the Richmond College. He began the study of medicine in the office of Dr. George D. Hamilton, of Knoxville, Ohio, and later attended the Ohio Medical College, at Cincinnati. He commenced the practice of medicine at Knoxville, Ohio, and in November, 1863, came to Illinois, locating at Smithville, Peoria county, where he remained until 1867. In 1867 he settled in Marseilles, where for nearly a quarter of a century he was actively engaged in the practice of his profession. As a physician he was widely known, popular and highly successful, dispensing medical aid and comfort to the sick and dying, often without hope of reward or remuneration, other than that of ministering to the needs and welfare of his fellow beings. As a citizen he was respected and honored with the presidency of the city council, and as a man he was generous and just, genial and cheerful. He died in Marseilles, March 11, 1896. His widow survives him and resides at the old home with Miss Mary, a daughter, one of the most popular and successful teachers in the city schools.

Samuel H. Montgomery, the subject of this sketch, accompanied his parents to Marseilles, where he grew to manhood. In 1885 he went to Beatrice, Nebraska, where he remained seven years, the greater part of that time being in the employ of The Beatrice Electric Light & Gas Company. In November, 1892, he returned to Marseilles. November 6, 1895, Mr. Montgomery was married to Laura Conard, a daughter of David Conard and Elizabeth Grove Conard. She was born on the old homestead in Miller township, LaSalle county, Illinois, November 15, 1860. After receiving her primary education in the Loring district school she spent some time at the Morris Normal School, this state. As Miss Laura Conard she was known as one of the most efficient and popular teachers in the county, and many of her pupils carry pleasant memories of profitable days that were passed under her instructions. To Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery have been born two children: Wilson C, who died in infancy; and Winifred, a bright little daughter who now blesses their home.

Extracted by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois published in 1900, volume 1, pages 350-351.

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