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Source: Past and Present of Pike County, Page 730-731

GEORGE B. CAREY, D. D. S.

Dr. George B. Carey, practicing his profession in Perry, his native city, was born August 31, 1856, his parents being Eleazer and Rebecca (Morris) Carey. The father was born in Arkport, Steuben county, New York, and was married on the 7th of September, 1841, in Pike county, Illinois, to Miss Rebecca Morris, whose birth occurred in Kentucky, October 26, 1826. Entering business life he first devoted his energies to teaching school in Pike county, but subsequently determining to engage in the practice of medicine and surgery, he was graduated from the old Jefferson Medical College, in Philadelphia. In 1847 he pursued a post-graduate course in surgery in the same school. He displayed broad humanitarian principles in his practice, never making any charge to a poor widow or family who could not afford to pay for his services, and yet responding readily to the call of those who needed his professional aid. His practice covered Brown, Scott, Morgan and Pike counties, and he was one of the honored pioneer physicians of this part of the state. He was often called in consultation of cases to Jacksonville, Quincy and Springfield. In 1850 he went to California, spending two years there for the benefit of his health and in attendance upon medical societies. In 1852 he returned to Illinois; but losing his eyesight from exposure, he was blind during the last seven years of his life. In 1850 he was made a Mason in Perry lodge, No. 95, A. F. & A. M., and both he and his wife were members of the Presbyterian church, Dr. Carey becoming a member when sixteen years of age. His death occurred when he was sixty-three years of age, and his widow is now living at the age of seventy-nine years. They were the parents of nine children, A. B., a dentist of Pittsfield, and George D., of this review, being the only ones now living.

In his boyhood days George B. Carey assisted his father in every way that he could. He also attended school and worked with his brother, Dr. A. B. Carey, in his dental office. In 1871 his brother removed to Pittsfield, and in 1873 Dr. Carey of this review went to the county seat, remaining with his brother there for about nine years. In 1882 he opened a dental office in Perry and has engaged in general practice with constantly growing success. He is a member of the Morgan County District Medical Society and of the Illinois State Dental Association, with which he was connected for twenty-five years. He also belongs to Perry lodge, No. 95. A. F. & A. M., Perry chapter, R. A. M., the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Modern Woodmen of America, the Mutual Protective League and the Pike County Anti-Horse Thief Association. He also belongs to the Pike County Insurance Company and to the Northwestern Life and Savings Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

On the 29th of September, 1904, Dr. Carey was married to Miss Celia Vail, a daughter of Leander and Mary (Elledge) Vail, who were married January 23, 1879. Her father was born in Fairmount township, October 13, 1849, and the mother's birth occurred in the same township, October 25, 1848. Mr. Vail has been a stock-raiser and farmer, but at the present time is giving his entire attention to buying and selling live stock. Unto him and his wife have been born two daughters: Mrs. Carey, whose birth occurred April 25, 1880; and Olive, who was born December 27, 1885 and was married November 25, 1904, to Richard A. Reynolds.

Dr. and Mrs. Carey occupy an enviable social position, and their pleasant home is the center of a cultured society circle. Both are members of the Presbyterian church; and in politics he is a stanch republican, unfaltering in his allegiance to the party. He does not seek nor desire public office, however, but concentrates his energies upon his professional duties; and he has a well equipped dental office, supplied with all modern devices to promote the efficiency of the practitioner. His work has given uniform satisfaction and a liberal patronage is accorded him.

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