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Doyle, G. W.
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Source: Past and Present of Pike County, Page 237-238

G. W. DOYLE, M. D.

Dr. G. W. Doyle, now deceased, was classed with the representative citizens of Pike county for many years. He was born in Knox county, Ohio, in 1830, and about 1859 removed to Champaign county, Illinois, being at that time a young man of twenty-three years. He watched with interest the progress of events leading up to the inauguration of the Civil war, noting the threatening attitude of the south, reading with interest the accounts of the anti-slavery movements, felt the growing hostility and spirit of rebellion among the southern states and with the opening of the war his patriotic spirit was thoroughly aroused and he fearlessly announced his advocacy of the Union cause. Soon he enlisted as a member of Company C, Twenty-fifth Illinois Volunteer Infantry and served for three years. He was first under command of Captain Summers and later was promoted to the rank of major. During his services he was twice severely wounded, once in the shoulder and again through the leg, and he carried the marks of the rebel lead to the grave. He participated in many hotly contested battles and for forty consecutive days was under fire. Soon after his return from the army he entered the Eclectic Institute of Medicine at Cincinnati, Ohio, and was graduated from the same in due time, after which he located for practice in Champaign county, Illinois, entering upon the active work for which he had prepared. Two years later he came to Barry, where he located permanently and soon he had secured a large and gratifying practice in the city and vicinity. His ability was early recognized and his labors were crowned with a measure of success that is only possible to the capable physician who combines with his scientific knowledge a broad humanitarian spirit.

Dr. Doyle was married in Champaign county, Illinois, October 29, 1867, to Miss Mary Bartley, whose birth occurred in that county on the 18th of May, 1847. Her father, James Bartley, is still living in that county at the advanced age of eighty-nine years. Dr. and Mrs. Doyle entered upon what proved to be a most happy married relation, possessing genial natures that made their home life one of much joy. Unto them were born a daughter and son: Sadie, who is now the wife of Frank M. McNeal, who is engaged in the stock business with his wife's brother, while they make their home with her mother; and Charles Doyle, who is night operator at the depot at Barry and is engaged in the stock business with his brother-in-law. In March, 1894, the town of Barry was largely destroyed by fire and on the 31st of that month Dr. Doyle, whose home had been completely consumed in the flames, and who was stopping temporarily with his friend, W. I Klein, started out, after eating breakfast, to make his morning round of visits to his country patients. He got into his cart, in which he usually drove and stopped at the postoffice and on attempting to enter his cart again he missed his footing, fell backward and pulled his horse over on him, receiving injuries from which he died on the 4th of April, 1894. The accident occurring on the public street was witnessed by a number of people, many of whom sprang to his relief. He was picked up and carried into the office of W. I. Klein and Dr. McKinney was immediately summoned. The practiced eye of the physician saw at a glance that the injury was a serious one and upon his order Dr. Doyle was taken to the home of Mr. Klein, where every resource of medical skill and knowledge was brought to bear, but without avail. His brother, Theodore Doyle, of Kansas City, was telegraphed for and arrived at the bedside of his brother on Sunday morning, never leaving him until he had breathed his last. Another brother, Dr. Anthony Doyle, arrived only in time to attend the funeral.

Dr. Doyle was widely recognized as a man of many splendid traits of character, of strong inte1lectuality, kindly spirit and generous disposition. In all life's relations he was straightforward and reliable. In his home he was a devoted husband and father, who counted no personal sacrifice on his part too great if it would enhance the welfare and happiness of his wife and children. In community interests he was a co-operant factor, giving his support to all measures which he deemed of public benefit. At the time of his demise the expression was heard from many lips, "a worthy man has ended his race and his mourners go about the streets." The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. McKendree McElfresh of the Methodist Episcopal church at the residence of W. I. Klein on the 5th of April, 1894, after which the Masonic lodge of Barry, assisted by their brethren of all different lodges, took charge of the services and with a band in the lead marched to the cemetery, where the last sad rites were conducted. The large concourse of people gathered on that occasion testified fully to the respect and esteem in which Dr. Boyle was uniformly held. He belonged not only to the Masonic fraternity, of which he was an exemplary and faithful member, but also to the Grand Army of the Republic and to the Ancient Order of United Workmen. He sought to do good and his profession gave him ample opportunity in that direction. Many benefited through his charitable nature and he never refused to respond to a call even when he knew that pecuniary reward could not be expected. He possessed, moreover, a genial, kindly nature that rendered him a popular and much loved citizen.

"His life was gentle and the elements
So mixed in him that Nature might stand up
And say to all the world, this was a man."

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