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Absolute capability often exists in specific instances, but is never brought into the clear light of the utilitarian and practical life. Hope is of the valley, while effort stands upon the mountain top; so that personal advancement comes not to the one who hopes alone, but to the one whose hope and faith are those of action. Thus is determined the full measure of success to one who has struggled under disadvantageous circumstances, and the prostrate mediocrity to another whose ability has been as great and opportunities wider. Then he may well hold in high regard the results of individual effort and personal accomplishment, for cause and effect here maintain their functions in full force. Doctor Moore is one who, through his close study and application to business, has won marked prestige in his chosen calling. His residence in Effingham dates from 1888, and for more than twenty-six years he has made his home in Atchison county.

The Doctor is a native of Indiana, his birth having occurred in Hendricks county, July 23, 1845. His father, Smith G. Moore, was a representative of an old eastern family that furnished to the Union many of the loyal soldiers in the colonial army during the Revolutionary war. Smith Moore was born in Salem, North Carolina, and for many years was a successful practicing physician. He married Miss Elsbeth Garrett, and in 1857 came with his family to Kansas, locating in Pardee, Atchison county, where they lived for five years. In 1862 they returned to Adams county, Illinois, where the father died ten years later, at the age of sixty-six years. He was an elder in the Christian church, his membership with that denomination covering a period of more than forty years. His life was ever upright and honorable, commanding the respect of all with whom he came in contact, and in his profession he won distinction as a successful practitioner. His political support was given the Republican party, and he was at all times true to the cause in which he believed. His wife still survives him, and is now living in Pardee, Kansas, at the age of seventy-six years.

Dr. P. R. Moore, whose name introduces this review, acquired his preliminary education in the public schools, and later was a student in the Christian College at Abingdon, Illinois. Determining to make the practice of medicine his life work he entered the Ohio Medical College, in which he was graduated with the class of 1876. For some years he practiced in Nortonville, Kansas, and in 1888 came to Effingham, where he has since met with creditable success.

In 1867, in Adams county, Illinois, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Moore and Miss Elizabeth Acklam, a native of England, and a daughter of Wilbur Acklam, now deceased. Unto the Doctor and his wife have been born four children: Edgar, who is living in Nortonville, Kansas; Smith, a resident of Effingham; Alice A., and Orville, at home. The Doctor gives his political support to the Republican party, and is identified with the Masonic fraternity. He and his family are members of the Christian church, in which he has been trustee for some years. He has practiced medicine for many years with the earnestness and dignity that belong to the profession, and keeps well informed on the latest discoveries that indicate the continued progress in the science of medicine. In personal appearance he is prepossessing, of pleasing manner and address, genial and courteous, and at all times honored and esteemed both professionally and socially.