I. H. KELLY, physician, Villa Ridge, was born in Ohio in 1853, to H. S. and Gemima M. (Moore) Kelly. They were both natives of Ohio, she born in Portsmouth, he in Scioto County. He died in Pope County, Ill., in 1869; she, however, still survives. To them eight children were born, seven of whom are still living, our subject being the youngest of the family. He was reared on a farm, and received his common school education in Pope County, Ill., and at Duquoin. In 1873, he began the study of medicine, and completed the medical course in the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Keokuk, Iowa, in 1880. In 1878, he began practicing his profession in Pope County, Ill., under Dr. Lewis, and after graduation continued in the practice in Pope County till November, 1882, when he came to Villa Ridge, where he has begun to build up a practice, and meets with encouraging success in his chosen school, that of the Regular. The Doctor resides about one mile east of the village, where he is also engaged in the fruit and vegetable business. Previous to beginning the practice of medicine, the Doctor had been engaged in teaching and clerking. April, 1878, he was married in Saline, Ill., to Henrietta Lewis. She was born in Saline, daughter of Robert Lewis, farmer and school teacher. She has also engaged in teaching. Dr. Kelly is a member of the I. O. G. T. He and wife are members of the Baptist Church. The fathers of each were ministers in the same church. He takes but little part in politics, but is Independent.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 290.