A.S. Mackey


Biography from Portrait and Biographical Record of Marion, Ralls and Pike Counties, Missouri:

“Among the many physicians of Pike County who have won prominence, not one is better qualified by nature and research to take an honored place in his chosen profession than the gentleman whose name heads this memoir. His home and professional work has been in Louisiana and vicinity for the past sixteen years, and he has succeeded in building up a large clientele.    Born August 21, 1844, Dr. Mackey is a son of Joseph and Martha A. M. (Sisson) Mackey.  The former was born near New Lisbon, Columbiana County, Ohio, and was a son of James Mackey, of Scotch descent. By occupation the latter was a farmer and died where he had lived for many years in Western Virginia, at the home of one of his sons. Joseph Mackey, on reaching man’s estate, obtained a position as a pilot on the Ohio River running from Pittsburgh to Louisville, Ky. Later he turned his attention to agriculture and in 1875 moved from Ohio to Pike County, Mo., purchasing a farm in Buffalo Township. This place he cultivated profitably up to the time of his demise, which occurred in his sixty-seventh year. By his neighbors and all with whom he had dealings he was justly beloved and was a man of great charity and benevolence. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and in politics used his ballot in behalf of the Republican Party. Martha, his good wife, was a native of Virginia, her birth having occurred near the Natural Bridge, May 12, 1822. Her parents, Jesse and Eliza (Chaplin) Sisson, moved to the West at an early day and died in Clark County, Mo. Mrs. Mackey, who belonged to the Protestant Methodist Church, was an amiable and much-loved lady, having hosts of friends.     Dr. Mackey is one of eight children, the others being as follows: Elizabeth J., now Mrs. T.  R. Harmon, of Fresno City, Cal.; James, who is on the old homestead in Clark County, Mo.; Amanda, wife of William Fahringer, a farmer of Clark County; Emma B., who married Peter Freed, a farmer of Clark County; John A., who died in infancy; Edward E., a Presbyterian minister, and Minerva A., now Mrs. P. W. Dudley,  of Pike County.    The early life of the doctor was passed in assisting his father to manage and improve the old farm, while in the meantime acquiring his education in the common schools. When eighteen years of age he obtained a certificate to teach and was employed in that vocation a large share of the time for seven or eight years. During this period he took up the study of medicine, and in 1873 entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons, in Keokuk, Iowa, when Dr. Joseph C. Hughes, Sr., was the Dean of the institution. After three years spent in the college the young man concluded to put in practice his theoretical knowledge in the field of his profession, and it was not until the fall of 1878 that he returned to the College of Physicians and Surgeons, from which he was graduated the following spring. Since then he has been a resident of Louisiana and has won a high reputation as a practitioner of exceptional ability. He has made a specialty of obstetrics, in which practice he has never lost a case. In 1892 he became associated with Dr. D. M. Pearson, son of the Rev. E. D. Pearson.     January 18, 1867, Dr. Mackey was married to   Caroline V. Young, of Union, Clark County,   Mo. Her parents, Andrew N. and Mary E. (Mc Elhaney) Young, were natives of Kentucky and   Iowa, respectively, and parents of the following   children: Ellen, deceased, who was the wife of   John Ferguson; Robert, who died when young;   Caroline V.; Taylor; Amanda, wife of F. Brownfield, and Edward. Dr. and Mrs. Mackey have two children, Charles A., who is engaged in merchandising at Canton, Mo.; and Mabel M., wife  of Mark Stewart, of Louisiana. Both parents are members of the Christian Church.    Dr. Mackey was reared in the faith of the Methodist Church, but later, having given the matter much study and reflection, he became impressed with the doctrines of the Christian Church and some eight years ago united with that body, since which time he has been one of its active and influential members, holding the position of Elder for several years past.     Dr. Mackey belongs to the Pike County Medical Association and to the Military Tract Medical Association. For many years he was a member of the Board of Examining Surgeons of the United States Pension Claims.    The doctor has devised a new instrument to be used in obstetrics, known as the placental curette, which has proven to be a great boon not only to physicians, but to their patients. At the annual meeting of the Military Tract Medical Association at Monmouth, Ill., in October, 1895, he read a paper on obstetrics, or “Abortion, and Its Treatment,” in which he demonstrated the use of the curette. This paper was regarded by the association as an able treatise on the subject and was well received by that body.     In his political faith he is a stanch Republican.  By nature he is warm-hearted, genial and charitable, and he may ever be relied upon to aid the worthy poor. His mind runs in the broad channels of thought, taking cognizance of the spiritual as well as the physical side of life. He strives to contribute to the general happiness and betterment of humanity and his influence in the community is potential for good.” 1

1. Portrait and Biographical Record of Northern Missouri Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Together with Biographies and Portraits of All the Presidents of the United States. 1895. Chicago: C.O. Owen & Co. p.667-668


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