Counties of Morgan, Monroe and Brown, Indiana. Historical and Biographical.
Charles Blanchard, Editor. Chicago: F. A. Battey & Co., Publishers, 1884.
WILLIAM A. POTTORFF, M. D., druggist, was born in Jefferson County,
Ky., August 20, 1839, and is a son of Simeon and Eliza A. (McKewen)
Pottorff, both natives of Jefferson Co., Ky.The former was of German and
the latter of Irish descent.Simeon Pottorff was educated and married in his
native State, where in ealy life he was employed at the carding business in a
woolen factory, at Jefferson, Ky.;afterward he engaged in agricultural pur-
suits, and continued the same until the spring of 1877, when he came to Em-
inence, Morgan County, Ind., and made his home with his son, our subject,
until his death, which occurred March 23, 1878, in his eightieth year.Both
himself and wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, he
having been a member for more than seventy years. William A. Pottorff,
the subject, received a good common school education in his native State,
and was employed on his father's farm until he was twenty-one years old.
He then went to Southern Kentucky, where he was engaged in teaching for
two years, and afterward, for a short time, was employed as salesman in
a general store.In the spring of 1864, he commenced the study of medi-
cine, in Jefferson, Ky., with Dr. M. L. Cooper, and graduated from the
Medical Department of the Louisville University in the spring of 1867.He
then commenced the practice of his profession in his native county, where
he remained some three years.In January, 1871, he came to Eminence,
Morgan County, Ind., where he has since practiced his profession with
excellent success.In June, 1883, he bought a drug store at Eminence, and
is now conducting that business in connection with his profession.The
Doctor was married, February 15, 1870, to Mary E. Butler, a native of
Louisville, Ky.Four children, two sons and two daughters, have blessed
this union, all of whom arre yet living.Both himself and wife are members
of the Methodist Episcopal Church.The Doctor is also a member of Em-
inence Lodge, No. 440, A., F. & A. M.In politics, he is a Democrat,
and is one of the leading and prominent citizens of the township and county.
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