=========================================================== SOURCE: History of Howard and Chariton Counties, Missouri, written and complied from the most official authentic and private sources, etc.. St. Louis: National Historical Company - 1883 ===========================================================
LUTHER R. PERKINS, M.D., physician and surgeon; also druggist, Shannondale, MO. Dr. Perkins, a thoroughly educated and experienced physician of the southern part of Chariton co, MO, is a native of the Old Dominion, but was reared in Howard Co., MO, his parents, David and Susannah (Ware) Perkins, having removed to this State and settled in that county when the son was but six years of age. His father and mother were both born and reared in Virginia, his father born in 1803 and his mother in 1807. They were married in 1825, and came to Howard Co., MO in 1838. They lived in that county for nineteen years, and in 1857 removed to Chariton, MO where the father died in March, 1873. They had a family of eleven children: Ann Perkins; James Perkins; William Perkins; Luther Perkins; Mary Perkins; Sarah Perkins; Virginia Perkins; Maria Perkins; Robert Perkins, and Andrew Jackson Perkins. Of these the Doctor was fourth, was born in Virginia in Jan., 1832. After the removal of his parents to Howard Co., MO, he was given an excellent education in the schools of Glasgow, MO and before he reached the age of majority he began the study of medicine. In due time he entered the Medical College of Richmond, Virginia, and took a regular and thorough course at that institution, graduating with marked honor in 1854. Immediately following his graduation he returned to Missouri and engaged in the practice of his profession in Chariton county, which he has ever since followed. His drug business he established in 1882, and in this, as in his practice, he has met with excellent success. In 1856 Dr. Perkins was married to Miss Mary E., daughter of James Carson, of Glasgow, Missouri. One of the most eloquent testimonies of his skill and ability as a physician is afforded by the remarkable fact that in his own family he has reared ten children without the lost of one: Virginia Perkins; Bettie Perkins; David Perkins; Rachel Perkins; Julia Perkins; Harvey Perkins; Ella Perkins; Graves Perkins; Russell Perkins and Martha Perkins. But his reputation as a capable and successful practitioner is so well and widely known, that to refer to proofs is supererogatory. In this particular, as in others, he stands as high as any one in this section of the country. ==========================================================
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