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Biography of Dr. Calvin J. Floyd
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DR. CALVIN J. FLOYD. He whose name heads this sketch has built up a large practice by steady devotion to duty and the constant exercise of energy and judgment, and, though he belongs to the younger class of physicians, he has already made an excellent reputation for himself in this most honorable, if laborious, line of human endeavor. The Doctor was born in Independence County, Arkansas, December 15, 1859, a son of E. N. and Martha (Russell) Floyd, the former of whom was born in Jackson County, Ala., and is now living on a farm on Crooked Creek in Boone County, whither he came at about the close of the war, having become a resident of Independence County in 1858. He espoused the Confederate cause during the Civil War and was appointed captain of Company G, in an Arkansas Infantry regiment, with which he did gallant service during that great struggle. He has now reached the age of sixty-three years, is hale and vigorous, and in politics has always been a Democrat, as are also his sons. He and wife are the parents of five children: Isaac S., who is a farmer and a man of a family; Paulina T. is the deceased wife of Blake Smith, her death occurring in Boone County in 1871; Elizabeth is the wife of D. A. Eoff, sheriff of this county; Dr. Calvin J.; and Ella P., who is the wife of Frank Eoff, a farmer of this county. Mrs. Floyd was married prior to her marriage with Mr. Floyd, and by her first husband became the mother of two children: Mark and Andrew.
Dr. Floyd passed his early life in this county and received a good education in Valley Springs Academy. He took up the study of medicine in 1883 under Dr. A. J. Vance, of Harrison, and in 184-86 took a course of lectures in the medical department of the Vanderbilt University of Nashville, Tennessee, graduating in the class of 1886. He at once located at Bellefonte, Arkansas, and has since devoted the most of his attention to the practice of his profession, although he has given considerable attention to farming and stockraising interests. He is the owner of a large farm of 500 acres, of which 225 are under cultivation, and he has bought and sold a considerable amount of stock, each year handling as high as 400 head of cattle. The Doctor was a school teacher from the time he was seven-teen years up to the age of twenty-three, and was then for about two years engaged in the mercantile business at Greenbrier, Arkansas, in which calling he was quite successful. The Doctor has shown a marked ability and taste for surgery, has performed several difficult operations very skillfully and success-fully; in fact, in all branches of his profession he has shown decided aptitude. He has been on the Board of Examining Physicians for the past four years, and is a member of the Boone County Medical Society, in which he has held the office of president. He is one of the leaders of the Democrat party in his county, has been a member of State conventions, and is active in all public work. He was married in this county to Miss Frances Stevens, daughter of Dr. B. M. Stevens, of Conway County, this State, and to their union six children have been given: Claud, Ben, Pierre, Effie, Ruby and Elsie. The Doctor and his wife are leaders in the social circles of their section, have many friends, and their home is a pretty and hospitable one. Mrs. Floyd is a Georgian by birth, her parents having removed from that State to Arkansas in 1870, and were for some time residents of Searcy County.
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