Dr. Isaac M. Asbury

Contributed by Jim Simmons. Thanks, Jim.

Pub. Times; May 22, 1919


        In the passing away of Dr. Isaac M. Asbury, McLeansboro has lost one of her most worthy citizens, the medical profession an able and high principled physician, his fraternal society a most cherished brother, his church a most earnest and genuine example of Christian living, his wife has lost a true and loving husband and friend whose councils were wise and whose conduct was exemplary.

        Dr. Asbury was the son of Wesley and Susan Asbury, born in Hamilton County, July 6, 1848.  He departed this life May 14, 1919; aged 70 years, 10 months and 8 days.

       March 30, 1864, he volunteered in the service of his country, in Co. H 60th Illinois Infantry, and although very young, distinguished himself as a soldier and marched with General Sherman from "Atlanta to the Sea."  At Camp Butler, Springfield, Illinois, he was mustered out of the service and given an honorable discharge on August 9, 1865.

       While yet a young man Dr. Asbury taught school in Hamilton county and in 1875 he graduated from a medical school in Cincinnati, Ohio, and soon after his graduation he began the practice of medicine at Omaha, Illinois.  Some years later he moved to New Haven and there he continued in the labors of his profession.  At New Haven his practice was extensive.  In the year 1902 he felt the approach of wearing out physically and becoming inefficient in the active practice of medicine.  Having decided to remove to McLeansboro he bade his friends of New Haven and vicinity adieu in a very earnest and affecting letter which was published in the Shawnee town News-Glenner.  In part he said "I have probably known all the people and been known by all.  Have traveled along every road and pathway in visiting the poorest and lowliest, in their humble cabins, as well as those in many pretentious homes.  In my experience there have been many pathetic scenes, sorrow and suffering, and human sympathy in distress, calculated in their nature to smooth down the rougher parts of our minds, endear us to our fellows and make us better.  i hope to have contributed in years of effort a share toward that broad charity which makes the world better and should be characteristic of the true physician, and even pointing to the reward on the other side of the great river which all must cross."

        Since the year 1892 Dr. Asbury has been a practicing physician in the city of McLeansboro.  Here he has endeared many to himself.  The trusted family physician of many, he proved himself worthy to sit within the councils of life and death.

       January 1, 1877, he was united in marriage with Mary E. Webb, of this city.  Their home was a happy one.  Although a very busy man, Dr. Asbury loved his home and his ideas of home and home life were dignified and elevating.

       As a member of the G. A. R. of McLeansboro, he was loved by all and for years he had been commander of the Post.  He was also a member of the Masonic fraternity and the Eastern Star.

       When but a youth he was converted and united with the Hopewell Missionary Baptist church and later became a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.  He remained a faithful and consecrated member of this church until death.

       Thursday, May 5, he was taken very sick, and for some time suffered intensely.  His wife and friends spared no effort for him.  He seemed to be beyond the reach of medical skill.  Loving friends and his fellow physicians did all within their power and at 6:30 o'clock Tuesday morning, May 14, he quietly passed away to the great beyond.

        During his illness he was so patient, so considerate and mindful of his friends.  No fears disturbed his mind.  His confidence was sublime.

"Build thee more stately mansions,
O my soul,
As the swift seasons roll,
Leave the low vaulted past,
Let each new temple nobler than the rest.
Shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast,
Till thou at length art free,
Leaving thine outgrown shell by life's unresting sea."

        He leaves a loving wife and companion for forty-two years, two brothers Daniel Asbury, of Portland, Ore. and James T. Asbury, of Los Angeles, Calif., two sisters Mrs. Mattie Crews of Chicago, and Mrs. Roena Pratt, of Haines, Oregon, in deep sorrow.  But these do not weep alone.  Relatives, friends and associates feel that in the passing of Dr. Asbury, a truly good man has been taken from among us.

        Funeral services were held at the M. E. church Thursday, May 16, conducted by Rev. W. E. Bennett, assisted by Rev. Weigant and Rev. C. M. Prince.

       Interment occurred at Odd Fellows cemetery, under the direction of the Masonic Lodge and G. A. R.

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