Among the professional men of Wayne county probably none are more worthy the success which has attended their efforts than Dr. William Albion Dulany, of Keenes, a practitioner of more than local reputation and a man who has made a place for himself in the ranks of his chosen profession entirely through his own efforts. Handicapped by the lack of early advantages, he persistently labored to better his condition, and after eleven years of incessant endeavor succeeded in reaching his goal. Dr. Dulany was born June 8, 1873, near Bluford, Jefferson county, Illinois, and is a son of I. H. and Sarah (Green) Dulany.

Preston Dulany, the grandfather of Dr. Dulany, was a native of Virginia, from which state he migrated with his adopted parents to Tennessee. There he was married and engaged in agricultural pursuits, but in his later years became blind, and until his death was dependent upon his son. I. H. Dulany was born in Tennessee, and in 1860, when twenty-three years of age, migrated to Southern Illinois, settling near Bluford, in Jefferson county. Later he moved to Middletown, Wayne county, where he practiced medicine for thirty years, building up the largest professional business in the county, but he is now retired and lives with a daughter. His wife, the daughter of a Tennessean, died in 1887, having been the mother of seven children, namely: Professor Thomas S., principal of the high school at Adamson, Oklahoma; A. G., an attorney of McAlister, Oklahoma; Mrs. Eliza Dorsey; Mrs. Mary Anderson; Mrs. Minerva Hunter; John, who is deceased; and Dr. William A.

Dr. William A. Dulany secured his early educational training in the common schools, and as a youth turned his attention to clearing land. He had, however, decided upon a professional career, and with this end in view went to work to secure a better education. He worked his way through Hayward and Ewing Colleges, and for ten years was engaged in teaching school in Jefferson and Wayne counties, the greater part of this time being spent at Spring Garden, Illinois, In the fall of 1901 he was able to enter St. Louis University, and graduated from the medical department thereof in the spring of 1905, since which time he has been successfully engaged in practice at Keenes. Dr. Dulany now travels over an extensive territory in Wayne and Jefferson counties, having a large clientele and a wide professional acquaintance. A close student, careful practitioner and skillful surgeon, he keeps fully abreast of the various advances in his profession, and takes an active interest, in the work of the county, state and national medical associationS. In fraternal


matters he is well and popularly known as a member of the Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen.

In 1894 Dr. Dulany was married to Nana B. Bruce, daughter of Lenard Bruce, of Marlow, Illinois. To this union two children were born: Jewel F. and Halsie, but Jewel died in her fifth year, and Mrs. Nana B. Dulany died in 1903. In 1906 Dr. Dulany was married to Miss Catherine Keen, daughte.r of James Keen, an old resident of Wayne county who now lives near Keenes, and two children have been born to them: Herman and Rabb. Dr. and Mrs. Dulany are widely known in religious circles, and are consistent members and liberal supporters of the local Methodist Episcopal church.

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