Charles O. Fothergill, M.D.
In analyzing the career of the successful practitioner of the healing art
it will be invariably found to be true that a broad-minded sympathy with
the sick and suffering and an honest, earnest desire to aid his afflicted
fellow men have gone hand in hand with skill and able judgment. The
gentleman to whom this brief tribute is given fortunately embodies these
necessary qualifications in a marked degree and by energy and application
to his professional duties is building up an enviable reputation and
drawing to himself a large and remunerative patronage.
Dr. Charles O. Fothergill is a native of the county in which he now lives,
having been born at West Union, Iowa, on the 8th day of March, 1864. He is
the son of Rev. Enoch and Lydia (Wade) Fothergill, the former of English
and the latter of Welsh ancestry. Rev. Enoch Fothergill was born in Marion
county, Ohio, October 13, 1823, and in his early days became a minister of
the Methodist Episcopal church, but a few years later he changed his
membership to the United Brethren church, with which he afterwards
remained affiliated. He moved from Ohio to Lagrange county, Indiana, where
he married in 1843 and in 1847 located in Dubuque county, Iowa. He
remained there until about 1858, when he came to West Union, Fayette
county. He was devoted to his church and gave to it all of his attention
that could be spared from his daily labor, being one of the best known
church men in the county. His death occurred November 14, 1894. His wife,
who bore the maiden name of Lydia Wade, was born in Virginia, and by her
union with Enoch Fothergill she became the mother of eight children, four
of whom are living, Charles O., Samuel, Joseph, and Mrs. Anna L.
Hotchkiss, the others having died in infancy.
Charles O. Fothergill received his elementary education in the public
schools at West Union, supplementing this by attendance at a school at
Beatrice, Nebraska. Having decided to make the practice of medicine his
life work, the subject then matriculated in the Eclectic Medical Institute
of Cincinnati, where he was graduated in 1890. He then entered upon the
practice of his profession in Kansas, but a year and a half later he went
to Culbertson, Nebraska, where he remained four years, and at each of
these places he served in official capacity as coroner. In 1894 Doctor
Fothergill came to Elgin, Iowa, and has since remained here in the active
practice, in which he has met with splendid success. He keeps in close
touch with the latest advances made in the healing art, an evidence of
this being that since entering upon the practice he returned to college
for post-graduate work, from a desire to perfect himself in his
profession. He enjoys a large and constantly increasing practice, being
now numbered among the leading physicians of this part of the county.
On January 15, 1885, Doctor Fothergill was united in marriage with
Elizabeth H. Chase, of Motor, Kansas, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Chase.
She was born in Canada and her family are all Quakers in religious belief.
To Doctor and Mrs. Fothergill have been born two children, namely: Claud
E., born October 9, 1886, is employed in a bank at Monticello, Iowa, and
Carl F., born February 26, 1893, died in August, 1898.
Doctor Fothergill has had but little to do with matters political since
locating in Elgin, his practice demanding practically all his time, and
also from the fact that he invariably considers the candidate's fitness
for the office rather than his party affiliation. Fraternally he is a
member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen and the Modern Woodmen of
America, belonging to the former organization in Kansas and the latter at
Elgin, this county. In his private life the Doctor is a man of strict
integrity and true purpose, and, though he is not a member of any church,
his moral ideals are high. He gives his support to every movement for the
advancement of the community along all lines and is considered one of the
leading citizens of Elgin."