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From the Portrait and biographical record of Hancock, McDonough and Henderson counties, Illinois : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county (1894)
May, 1894. Lake City Publishing Co. COLEMAN J. EADS, M. D., is one of the younger members of the medical profession of Oquawka, but during the three years of his residence here his skill and ability have won recognition by a liberal and lucrative practice. which is well deserved. The Doctor was born in Wayne County, Ky. on the 10th of April. 1866, and is a son of Jacob H. and Nancy Tuttle Eads. His mother is now deceased. His father. who was born in Wayne County, Ky. October 9, 1829, has carried on agricultural pursuits throughout his entire life. In the family were eleven children, eight sons and three daughters, as follows: Martha J., wife of S. D. Poster, a planter of Wayne County, Ky.; William O. and Charles M., who are also planters of that county; Henderson M., who is proprietor of a grocery and market in Chicago; Joseph, who died in infancy; Amanda P., wife of O. T. Stringer, a miner of Ardmore, Mo.; Coleman, of this sketch; John P., a planter of Wayne County; James M. and Leslie J., who are living at home; and Nannie E., wife of John Bond, a farmer of Wayne County, Ky. The Doctor spent the days of his boyhood and youth on the old plantation in the county of his nativity, and until seventeen years of age he attended the common schools. He then entered the Southern Normal College of Bowling Green, Ky., where he pursued a literary course, there remaining for a year and a half. On leaving school in 1887, he began teaching, which profession he followed for two years, when, in 1889, he entered the medical department of the University of Kentucky at Louisville. For two years previous he had studied medicine during his leisure hours, and in 1890 was graduated from that institution with the degree of M. D. Immediately after he opened an office and began practice in Parnell, Wayne County, Ky., where he remained for a year and a half. It was in 1891 that Doctor Eads came to Oquawka. Ill., where he has since been engaged in the prosecution of his profession. He is one of the busiest men of Henderson County today, and has succeeded in building up a very extensive practice. He cast his first presidential vote for Grover Cleveland, and is a supporter of Democracy, but has never aspired to public office. In religious belief, he is a Baptist. Socially, he is connected with Tranquil Lodge No. 193, I. O. O.F., of which he is now serving as Noble Grand, and also belongs to Oquawka Camp No. 1037, M. W. A. He came here a young man, possessed of an excellent knowledge of the science of medicine, but with little practical experience, yet his aptitude for his chosen profession was soon made manifest, and as the result of the success which he has secured he will probably make Oquawka his permanent home.