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Seba Ezra Oxford



Seba Ezra Oxford, son of thelate James and Floprence McCue Oxford, was born
at Rock Creek, Hardin county, Illinois, August 20, 1883. he passed away at
Doctors Hospital, Harrisburg, Illinois, October 22, 1967.
As a young man, he chose teaching as his profession and taught several terms
in the Hardin County schools. Later he decided to study medicine, and in
1918 was graduated from St. Louis School of Medicine, St. Louis, mI.
After graduating he practiced for a very short time in Poplar Bluff, Missouri
until he was called into the service of his country during World War I, where
he served as Firwst Lieutenant in the Medical Corp. After being discharged
from the service he began practicing medicine in Cave-in-Rock and surrounding
territory.
The early years of Dr. Oxford's [practice were rather rugged. He went to his
patients by way of horse and buggy, horse backm, by boat or foot and by any
means best suited to the occasion. With truth it can be said of Dr. Oxford
that he was no discriminator of persons, going to all who desired his
services both night and day and always with a smile.
He is survived by his wife, Edna, two sons, Lowell and Glen, two brothers,
Herbert and Arza, and two granddaughters, Christy and Dixie all of
Cave-in-Rock.

WHAT WAS HIS CREED?

I do not know his creed, I only know
That here below, he walked the common road
And lifted many a load, lightned the task,
Brightned the day for others toiling on a weary way
This, his only meed; I do not know his creed.

What was his creed: I never heard him speak
Of visions rapturous, of Alpine peak
Of doctirne, dogma, new or old;
But this I know, he was forever bold
To stand alone, to face the challenge of each day,.
And live the truth, so far as he could see
The truth that evermore makes free

His creed: I care not, what his creed
Enough that never yielded he to greed,
But served a brother in his daily need;
Plucked many a thorn and planted many a flower;
Glorified the service of each hour;
Had faith in God, himself, and fellow men;
Perchance he never thought in terms of Creed;
I only know he lived a life, in deed.

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