Andrew J. Butner. M. D.
ANDREW J. BUTNER, M. D., one of the representative members of the medical profession of Harrisburg, Saline county, Illinois, was born in Nashville, Tennessee, April 22, 1877. The greater part of his life, however, has been spent in the locality in which he now lives, he having been brought here when a small boy by his father. Death robbed him of parental care in early childhood, and when nine years old he went to live with his guardian, M. H. Bramlett, near Eldorado. Subsequently he made his home with John D. Bramlett, father of his guardian, who lived on a farm about two miles and a half from Eldorado, and who was a Mexican war veteran. Here young Butner assisted in the farm work in summer and attended school during the winter months up to the time he was seventeen. That summer he was a student in the normal school at Harrisburg and the following winter, having met the requirements that enabled him to teach, he entered the schoolroom as teacher. For seven years he taught school in Saline county, and thus paved the way to his profession. Entering the Northwestern University of Chicago, he took up the study of medicine and graduated with the class of 1908. There he specialized in obstetrics and gynecology. Immediately following his graduation he returned to Saline county and at Harrisburg entered upon the practice of his profession, in which from the beginning he has met with marked success. He has identified himself with various medical organizations, including the City, County and State Medical Societies, also the Ohio Valley and the American Medical Societies.
Doctor Butner has an interesting family, consisting of wife and three children. He married in June, 1898, Miss Hallie Upchurch, a native p. 863 of Gallatin county, Illinois, and a daughter of E. H. and Viola (Westbrook) Upchurch. Her father is a native of Saline county, having been born near Harrisburg. The children born of this union are Boise Wendell, Bonnie B. and Mona Blanche, aged respectively eleven, eight and six years.
Both the Doctor and Mrs. Butner are worthy members of the Baptist church, and fraternally he is connected with the A. F. & A. M. and the I. O. O. F., in the former having membership in both the Lodge and Chapter.
As a representative member of his profession and as a citizen of sterling qualities, he is entitled to the high esteem in which he is held by the people among whom he lives.
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