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taught school with splendid success in Shelby county for several sessions, and was one of the leading teachers in the county. Having completed his medical course in Meharry College he located for the practice of his profession in Shelby county, and has been identified with it in a professional capacity ever since. The doctor's success as a practitioner has been great and the financial rewards of his labors have been commensurate with his professional service. He has accumulated what may be considered a fortune for a young man and his prospects are now brighter than ever for success in his profession and financial gain. His practice covers a large part of Memphis and Shelby county, and he has but few hours of rest from the pressing duties of his profession. He is not only the owner of extensive acres of fertile land in Shelby county, but he is largely interested in the North Memphis Drug Company, of which he is president.
His unarming wife has contributed in no small degree to his success professionally and financially, and he is to be congratulated for having made such a wise selection.
Dr. M. M. Colley.
Dr. Colley is not ashamed to acknowledge that he hails from Mississippi, the state that produced such famous men as John R. Lynch, B. K. Bruce, and Mr. Hill—three of the brightest stars in America's political galaxy. Early in life Dr. Colley moved to the state of Arkansas and completed the course of instruction in the common schools of that State. Subsequently he attended Philander Smith College, Little Rock, Ark., and received his higher educational training. He was a successful teacher in Arkansas for eight years, during which time he accomplished much good, for the youth of his race. He abandoned the profession of teaching and began the study of medicine at Meharry Medical College, and graduated with honor from that instituiton. He is located in one of the most populous sections of Memphis, and already enjoys a splendid practice. He is a quiet, thoughtful, pleasant gentleman, with an air that bespeaks the physician, and he seems capable of giving a good account of himself in the profession he has chosen to follow.
Dr. E. 0. Craigen.
The subject of this sketch is a native of the great State of Arkansas, and is honorably connected with its educational history. For many years he was one of the leading teachers in the State and was repeatedly honored by the various State Superintendents of Instruction with the appointment o'f conductor of State Institutes for the colored people. He is a graduate of the State Normal School of Arkansas, and of the great State School of Indiana at Valparaiso. He is a man of liberal education and is destined to achieve as much success in the practice of medicine as he did achieve in the teacher's profession. He was valedictorian of his class on the occasion of his graduation at Meharry Medical College, and he has well maintained the reputation as a practicing physician which his friends and admirers at college predicted for him. His professional success for the short time he has practiced in Memphis has been phenomenal, and he numbers among his patients some of the most representative and prominent citizens of Memphis. He is congenial, affable, jovial and kindly and has a firm hold upon the affections of his friends. He is a man of such splendid intellectual equipment and has so thoroughly mastered the principles of his profession that his success in the future is guaranteed. His coming to Memphis and locating in order to practice his profession is a contradiction of the old saying that all the wise men came from the East, for here is indeed one that came from the West.
Dr. J. L. DeLoney.
The affable, stylish, up-to-date looking young physician with the name suggestive of Sunny Italy was born in a state that can bear favorable comparison in scenic beauty and picturesqueness even with the land of the dark-skinned and musical sons of Italy; for he was born in the beautiful State of Alabama, where nature is one grand panorama of beauty and scenic splendor. Alabama is a veritable Garden of the Gods. Its towering mountains clad in leafy verdure; its laughing rivulets and singing brooklets; its cooling waters, fresh and sparkling from nature's fountain; its grottos, wherein the orb of day seldom deigns to send his rays, its vine-clad hills and bright skies all truly make this state "Alabama, here we rest."
Dr. DeLoney has no lengthy history, for he is still in point of age, one of our youngest physicians. In his youth he received the best educational advantages that the great State of Alabama could give to an ambitious colored boy. He graduated with honor from the Agricultural and Mechanical College at Normal, Ala., an institution of learning which is fostered both by the State of Alabama and by the general government. This school is one of the greatest training schools in the South, and has ample resources to run it. It maintains a regular collegiate department and this can be said of very few agricultural and mechanical colleges in the South. It has several magnificent buildings situated on the very summit of a mountain, and they present a spectacle that is grand as it is inspiring.
Having graduated from this famous institution of learning Dr. DeLoney matriculated in Meharry Medical College, and in due time graduated and began the practice of his profession in the Bluff City, where he has been very successful. He has a splendid practice and is recognized as one of the leaders in his profession.
The stylish, well-groomed physician has had no hardships to which he can point back with pride. He enjoyed the very best advantages that well-to-do parents could give him. In fact he was born in four-leaf clover. Any one that wears the class of haberdashery that the genial doctor wears and can do so with his characteristic ease and grace is certainly not of plebian extraction. He would seem perfectly at home if he were in the company of King Edward VII, and the doctor's suit would make the king's gladdest attire reflect a pale yellow hue. He is always quiet and polished and has many of the qualities of a modern Chesterfield.
Dr. G. W. Dunn.
The tall and stately medical man bearing the name so pleasing to a voracious appetite was born in the State of Mississippi. He received a splendid education. He completed the common school course in his State and then attended Macon High School. To this training was added a higher educational training received at Clark University, Atlanta, Ga. He began his career as a school teacher and taught in four different states, covering a period of seven years. He is a brother of Dr. Dunn, formerly of this city, but now of Nashville, Tenn. He is a graduate of Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tenn. He and his distinguished brother, Dr. Dunn, of Nashville, make a first-class medical team, and they give their family the unique distinction of having two doctors of ability in it. He has struggled and sacrificed to gain the professional training he has, and no doubt he will use it to every possible advantage and credit. He is a pleasant gentleman and his ability deserves success.
Dr. J. C. Hairston.
The distinguished physician bearing this name is a native of that proud old State that is sometimes called the "Mother of Presidents"—that grand old state whose towering mountains inspire its sons with the love for liberty and learning—the State of Virginia. The genial doctor enjoyed the best educational advantages and is a scholar of surprising ability. He is the personification of simplicity and for this reason alone his splendid scholarship would possibly escape detection from casual acquaintances. He is a graduate of Bennett College, Greensboro, N. C., and is a man of classical training. He graduated in medicine at Meharry Medical College, at Nashville, and began the practice of medicine in the year of 1888. He is a practitioner of ripe experience and is generally regarded as one . jf the ablest physicians in the State of Tennessee. He is the founder of the Hairston Hospital of this city, an institution that has done incalculable good in restoring to health and strength the diseased and afflicted, not only of this community, but those from other states. He looks like a physician, talks like a physician and is one of the best in the land. He has a very large and lucrative practice and his presence at the bedside of a patient is sufficient assurance that the patient will receive the most intelligent treatment that long experience, great skill and careful diagnosis can command.
Dr. A. L. Hall.
It is a great distinction in the life of any ordinary mortal being to achieve success in a single field of activity. Much more then is it a worthy achievement to command success in two different fields of endeavor. It is the happy lot of Dr. Hall to have accomplished what few other men have succeeded in accomplishing. He has not only achieved success and fame in the pulpit, but he has also made for himself an enduring name in the medical profession. He is a graduate of a reputable medical college of the State of Tennessee and has successfully practiced his profession in Memphis for many years. We have written at length concerning him in another section of this book.
Dr. L. S. Henderson.
Dr. Henderson's perennial smile was first observed by his delighted parents in the State of Alabama, where all nature smiles with radiant beauty. He was given the advantages of a good education to enable him to fight life's battles and, to the gratification of his multitude of friends, he has admirably succeeded in the contest. Just as has been the case with so many men that have achieved success in life the pleasant doctor began his career as a teacher and successfully followed the life of a pedagogue for several years. There can be no doubt of his success as a disciplinarian, for two hundred and twenty-five pounds of avoirdupois in the shape of muscle and brawn have a tendency to make the average pupil sit up and take notice as well as take care. It is probable that the doctor had one of the best schools in the State of Alabama and that the profession of teaching lost one of its ablest exponents when the doctor abandoned it for the study^of medicine.
He is a graduate of Meharry Medical College—the leading medical school in the South for colored people—and has successfully practiced his profession in Memphis for several years. As a physician he ranks high and has done much professionally to gain the respect and confidence of his people.
The doctor wears a smile that won't come off. It is not one of those complacent self-satisfied smiles, but it is a genuine smile, springing from the depth of a good heart. In addition to his being by nature a fine man, which fact is generally known, the doctor's road has been paved, not only with success, but with wealth. There is an old idea prevailing that if a man be kicked the whole world will help to kick him and that if a man begins to climb the ladder of wealth everybody will give him a lift. We don't know how much truth there is in either of these sayings, but we do know that things have been coming by leaps and bounds in the doctor's way. In the city of Birmingham the doctor's property holdings are so vast that he is easily rated as one of the city's wealthiest real estate owners. He is pre-eminently a business man, and has never scored a failure in any capacity. He started out in life to obtain a good education and succeeded; he aspired to get a true, devoted wife, and succeeded; he had an ambition to go after the Almighty dollar, and in this he has succeeded even beyond his most sanguine expectations. He is a shining example of what unremitting industry, cool and calculating judgment, and thrift can accomplish to enable a man to rise in life.
Dr. N. H. C. Henderson.
The State of Louisiana has conferred an honor upon the State of Tennessee by sending to it one of Louisiana's ablest and best