Illustrated Atlas Map of Menard County, Illinois 1874
Published by W.R. Brink & Co., of Illinois


Dr. F.P. Antle
Page 35

Among the physicians of Menard County, none stand higher in reputation for professional skill, and as an honored, useful citizen, than Dr. Francis P. Antle, of Petersburg. He is of Scotch and German blood, and comes from patriotic stock. His maternal descent is traced from the Buchanans, who early emigrated from Scotland to America, and he is a member of the same branch of the family with President Buchanan, to whom he was second cousin. His grandfather, Alexander Buchanan, was a volunteer in the Continental army at the beginning of the Revolutionary War. He was betrayed by a Tory to the British in 1777, while on a visit to his home on Long Island; was captured and held a prisoner during the winter in the city of New York, which was then in the possession of the British. After several ineffectual attempts, he at last succeeded in making his escape and regaining Washington s army. Rather than incur the risk of being hung, a fate which would certainly have been his had he again fallen into the hands of the enemy, he sold a valuable tract of land on Long Island for a small sum of Continental money, and set out with his family for Kentucky, then just heard of as a land of promise to the pioneer beyond the Alleghanies. The journey was made through a wild and uninhabited country, and Dr. Antle remembers to have heard from his mother, who was a little girl at the time, stories of the dangers and privations to which they were subject in the wilderness, which had then been visited only by Daniel Boone and a few other hardy adventurers.

The ancestors of Dr. Antle s father came from Germany, and settled in North Carolina. His grandfather on his father s side was also a soldier of the Revolutionary struggle, and at its close followed the tide of emigration to Kentucky.

Dr. Antle is the son of Michael Antle and Mary Ann Buchanan. They were married in Kentucky, and lived for a time near Lexington. When reports reached them of the beauty and fertility of the Illinois prairie lands, which were just then being opened up to settlers, they resolved to sell their Kentucky farm and try their fortunes in the new country. They left home in the fall of 1819, and remained during the winter at Goshen, a settlement about twenty miles from St. Louis. In the spring they resumed their journey northward, and in March, 1820, settled on a tract of land eight miles to the southeast of where Jacksonville now is. There were then but few families in that neighborhood.

Here Francis P. Antle was born, May 1, 1824. His early life was spent on his father s farm. A school established in the vicinity afforded a means of education through the winter months, and so well were its advantages improved that at the age of eighteen he began teaching in the same school where he had been a pupil. He engaged in this occupation for four years, and then for the greater part of a year sold books through the County for a Philadelphia publishing house. His tastes had always inclined him toward medicine, and the succeeding year, when twenty-four, he began its study at Springfield, with Mr. J. D. Freeman. Two years were spent in Springfield, and in 1856 he went to Cincinnati, and attended medical lectures at the Relectic Medical Institute. At the conclusion of these courses of lectures he removed to Williamsville, Sangamon County, established a drug store, and engaged in the practice of medicine. In 1859 he again visited Cincinnati and took an additional course of lectures, after which he made Petersburg his home, and has ever since been actively employed with the duties of his profession.

Dr. Antle married, January 28, 1858, Dorcas Ann Mosteller, of Rock Creek, Menard County, whose parents were early settlers of Sangamon County. They have four children.

Though his extensive professional practice has left but little time for other matters, yet Dr. Antle has always been a citizen of great public spirit, and has contributed materially to the growth and prosperity of Petersburg. As a disciple of the healing art, he has practiced medicine with a skill and success not surpassed by that of any other physician in the section in which he lives. His private life is blameless. His modest and unassuming deportment, genial disposition, and frank courtesy make him welcome not only at the bedside of the sick, but among all classes of the community. Few citizens of the County have won wider respect and esteem.

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