Though a resident of Carlyle for a comparatively brief period, Dr. Alsop has already gained an extensive practice, which is not limited to the city, but includes many patients in the surrounding country. Formerly a resident of Huey, a village four miles from Carlyle, he still retains much of his former practice there, his patients and friends in that place having such confidence in his ability that they are loath to lose his services. In the diagnosis of difficult cases he is skilled, while in the application of remedies he displays a keen insight into the peculiar needs of the system, as well as a practical knowledge of medical lore.
A native of Virginia, the Doctor was born near Fredericksburg January 30, 1860. He is an honored representative of one of the F. F. V's. His grandfather, John ALSOP, was a large slave owner in the Old Dominion. His father, Dr. William S., was born near Fredericksburg and received an excellent medical education in the William and Mary College in Virginia. After completing his studies he opened an office in Sperryville, and after a number of years' practice there he moved near Fredericksburg, where he conducted a profitable practice until his death, in 1885, having been County Physician for eighteen years. He married Miss Lavina AMISS, and six children were born unto them, of whom T. E. was the youngest. He is now the only survivor, excepting Dr. George R., a prominent citizen of Vincennes, Ind., and cashier of the German National Bank of that city, formerly Circuit Clerk of Knox County, Ind., for four years.
Upon the old homestead near Fredericksburg, the subject of this sketch was reared to manhood, and for some years he was a student in the Fredericksburg Military Academy. Later he taught school for two years in the Old Dominion, and thence in 1880 removed to Indiana, where he was similarily engaged for two years. Returning to Virginia he read medicine in his father's office and afterward entered the Medical College of Virginia at Richmond, graduating from that institution in the Class of '87, after having taken three full courses there.
In Freelandville, Knox County, Ind., the young Doctor entered upon the practice of his profession. About that time the following regarding him appeared in the Vincennes Commercial: "Dr. T. E. Alsop, of Fredericksburg, Va., brother of Dr. G. R. Alsop, is in the city, the guest of the latter. He will locate at Freelandville, where he and Dr. L. C. MCDOWELL, brother of Sheriff McDowell, have formed a partnership for the practice of their profession." At the same time the Fredericksburg (Va.) Free Lance contained the following item: "Dr. T. E. Alsop will leave October 1 for Vincennes, Ind., near which place he will practice his profession. In the removal of Dr. Alsop the county loses one of its most promising young physicians. He is the son of the late Dr. William ALSOP."
After spending two years in Freelandville, the Doctor came to Clinton County and for four years practiced his profession in Huey, coming to Carlyle in 1893. Here he bought out Dr. A. J. MCGAFFIGAN, a leading physician of the city, and now has the principal part of that gentlemans practice. Politically he is a Democrat, adhering to the political faith of his forefathers. Socially, he holds connection with Fredericksburg Lodge No. 4, A. F. & A. M., at Fredericksburg, Va., a lodge that enjoys the distinction of having had among its first members the immortal George Washington.
At Huey, Clinton County, in 1891, Dr. Alsop and Miss Orpha OUTHOUSE were united in marriage. This lady is the daughter of Oliver OUTHOUSE, formerly a prominent farmer and merchant of Huey. He was one of the early settlers of Clinton County, but died on the 18th of November, 1882. Mrs. Alsop was born and reared in Huey, and has one daughter, Olive Marie. The mother of Mrs. Alsop, formerly Miss Maria GERDES, now makes her home with our subject. Mrs. Alsop has four brothers living, viz.: Albert, who is married and lives in Nebraska; Waldo, who is a student in the Valparaiso (Ind.) school; Clinton and Raymond, who reside with our subject, the latter being a student at Valparaiso, Ind.
Source: Portrait and Biographical Record of Clinton, Washington, Marion and Jefferson Counties, Illinois, 1894, Chapman Publishing Co., Chicago, IL
Submitted by: Connie Albers
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