GE0RGE LINZY CREMEENS, M. D.
Probably no other profession has advanced so rapidly during the last half-century as that of medicine, and as this advance still continues the physician who would win success must keep abreast of the discoveries and inventions in this prolific field in order that his patients may have the benefit of the most skilled treatment. George Linzy Cremeens, M. D., is one of the members of the Southern Illinois medical profession who is meeting with exceptional success in his work, and is rapidly taking front rank among the physicians of Hamilton county, his field of endeavor being the village of Dahlgren. Dr. Cremeens was born October 16, 1868, in northern Missouri, and is a son of Linvill and Jennie (Miller) Cremeens.
Byrd Cremeens, the grandfather of the Doctor, was probably born in Virginia, about 1808, and was married in Ohio, to which state he had moved as a young man, to Sophronia White, by whom he had ten children: Linzy, Linvill, William, Anderson, Mose, Stephen, Byrd, Cyrina and two daughters whose names have been forgotten. Byrd Cremeens was a local Methodist preacher and farmer, and moved his family to Franklin county some time during the 'fifties. He later moved to Mercer county, Missouri, but a short time thereafter returned to Franklin county, and his death occurred about 1878, on his farm, which was situated at the foot of the hill west of Macedonia, his widow passing away there in 1899 or 1900. In political matters he was a Republican. Linvill Cremeens was born in Ohio, and in Franklin county, Illinois, was married first to Maria Carlton, who bore him one child, William, who died at about the age of fifteen years. In 1861 he enlisted in the Union army from Macedonia, Illinois, for service in the Civil war, and served through that struggle, after which he went to northern Missouri with his parents and was there married to Jennie Miller, who was born in March, 1847 near Galliopolis, Ohio, daughter of George and Annie (Carr) Miller, and they had three children, namely: George Linzy; Annie, who married A. P. Proudfit, of Hamilton county, and now lives in Aaronville, Illinois, having four children; and Byrd T., who died young. On his return from Missouri, Linvill Cremeens engaged in farming near Macedonia, but at the time the Louisville & Nashville Railway was built through he took his family to Belle Rive, Jefferson county, where he engaged in the mercantile business. While thus engaged he began to fit himself to become a lawyer, and at the time of his death was ready to be admitted to the bar. He was a stanch Republican in his political affiliation, and he and his wife were members of the Methodist church.
George Linzy Cremeens worked on his father's farm, which was situated about ten miles east of Dahlgren, attending the public schools and two select schools, and later becoming a student in the Southern Illinois College, Enfield, Illinois, and in the Normal University at Carbondale. In 1891 he began to read medicine with Dr. H. E. Hale, now of McLeansboro, and for four years attended the medical school at Keokuk, Iowa, now Drake University. He was graduated March 5, 1895, and entered into practice at Springerton, Illinois, but after six years came to Dahlgren, where he has continued in active practice to the present time,
with the exception of several months, and his success in a number of serious cases has won him the confidence of the people of his community and served to increase his practice.
On September 3, 1891, Dr. Cremeens was united in marriage with Miss Lulu Martin, near Belle Prairie, Illinois. She was born in 1876, on a farm about two miles west of McLeansboro, and is a daughter of Samuel and Mary (Coker) Martin. Three children have been born to Dr. and Mrs. Cremeens: Hugh, born in 1892, who died when about one year old; Blythe, born in 1896, who died in infancy; and Lyle, born in 1900, and now attending school. Dr. Cremeens is an adherent of Republican principles, but he has taken only a good citizen's interest in matters of a public nature. He and his wife are consistent members of the Methodist church, and very popular in church and social circles of Dahlgren.