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From: Marcia Philbrick <>
Subject: Currey -- LA, OR, IL, IN
Date: Thu, 08 Oct 1998 05:41:03 -0500

I found the following biography and am trying to figure out if Herschel
CURREY could be related to other CURREY family members who resided in
Baker Co. OR in the late 1800s. Any help in identifying his parents and
uncles would be appreciated.

The Centennial History of Oregon 1811-1912 Volume II. Chicago. The S. J.
Clarke Publishing Company, 1912.
p. 12

Dr. Herschel Eugene Currey is one of the able representatives of the
medical profession of Baker City, who has acquired much more than a
local reputation through his writings and lectures on therapeutical
subjects as well as his achievements as a practitioner. He was born at
Rono, Indiana, on the 21st of December, 1860 and is a son of Dr. H. M.
and Julia (Hatfield) Currey, both of whom are now deceased.

When Dr. Currey was still in his early childhood his parents removed to
Louisiana, where he acquired the greater part of his preliminary
education. For a time he attended the Louisiana State University at
Baton Rouge, which at that time was a military school. While still in
his early youth he was thrown upon his own resources, and as a result
endured many hardships and privations in his effort to adequately
provide for his physical needs and at the same time acquire the
education he longed for. Such ambition and determination of purpose as
he possessed is not easily thwarted, however, and despite the many
obstacles and hindrances he encountered he was at last able to enter the
Kentucky School of Medicine. Upon his graduation from this institution
he became associated with an uncle, a well known physician with a large
practice, who was growing old and desired to retire. After a few months
Dr. Currey felt the limitations of his equipment and desiring a fuller
and more comprehensive knowledge of the fundamental principles
underlying the science of medicine, he matriculated in an eclectic
school and pursued a full course of study. In 1890 he came to Oregon and
opening an office engaged in general practice, but an insatiable thirst
for knowledge and his high standards impelled him to spend one-fourth of
his time during the succeeding few years in pursuing post-graduate work.
Much of his time and attention during that period was devoted to a
careful and thorough study of the diseases of women and children, and in
1904 he withdrew from general practice and has ever since made a
specialty of the diseases of women. He has been most successful in this
connection and through his wide experience and years of private research
has discovered a mode of treatment for pelvic disorders of women that
has made his name known in household through the United States and
"Alorin" is becoming recognized by both the profession and the laity as
one of the most efficacious remedies now on the market for diseases of
this nature.

Dr Currey is a great student and keeps in close touch with the progress
of his profession through the medium of the various medical works and
journals, and is a contributor to several of the latter. His
capabilities have received recognition throughout the west and middle
west, and he has recently been asked to appear before various
associations of his professions, where he has delivered some very
entertaining and instructive lectures founded upon his personal
experiences and observations. His paper on "Modern Medical Science,"
delivered before the National Eclectic Medical Association at Portland,
Oregon, in June, 1896 was most ably prepared and brought him special
commendation. Dr. Currey has been officially connected with a number of
well known associations of his profession. He was president of the
Oregon State Eclectic Medical Association an din 1895-6 served as second
vice president of the National Eclectic Medical Association, while he is
an honorary member of the San Francisco City and County, and the
California State Eclectic Medical Societies. He was assistant
superintendent of the Maclean Hospital and Sanitarium of San Francisco,
California, and in 1896 and 1897 and in 1901 he was elected a member of
the state board of medical examiners of Oregon, retaining this position
for five years. During the early years of his practice, he was appointed
United States pension surgeon, serving in this capacity from 1886 to

When a youth of about sixteen years he was visiting an uncle at Carmi,
Illinois and believing that the sandy soils of that portion of the
country was well adapted to the growing of peanuts he planted about six
acres. His experiment proved successful, and this has since become one
of the chief industries of that section of the state. Dr. Currey is a
man of extensive information and is well equipped for the duties of his
profession. He is broad-minded and progressive in his ideas, and has
endeavored to adapt to his needs and requirements the best that is
offered by the various schools of medicine. In 1897 he was awarded the
degree of Master of Surgery by the California Medical College and in
1905 he pursued a course in the Illinois School of Therapeutics. He is
highly esteemed both professionally and socially in Baker City, among
whose citizens he numbers many staunch friends.

Marcia Philbrick
Nemaha County KSGenweb:
Ford County KSGenweb:

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