The reputation of this gentleman as a well read and successful physician and surgeon is not confined to Carlyle, where he makes his home, but reaches far into the surrounding country. In point of years of active practice, he is the oldest physician in Carlyle and the next to the oldest in Clinton County. He is justly regarded as one of the ablest general practitioners in this section of the state, while as a surgeon his skill and good judgment justly place him among the leaders in that department of the profession. Beginning his medical career with a fine theoretical knowledge, he has been studious, discriminating and desirous of adding to his store of learning all that modern investigation has to enrich the field of therapeutical science.
Born in Germany, July 22, 1844, the subject of this sketch is the son of Henry and Margaret (MAURER) Broening, who emigrated to the United States in 1865, and settling in the city of New York, continued to make their home in that city until death. The father, who was a man of upright character and industrious disposition, engaged in farming pursuits in the Old Country, and while he never became wealthy, had sufficient to surround his family with the comforts of life. In religious belief he advocated the doctrines of the Reformed Church, and was prominently connected with that denomination.
In the land of his birth Dr. Broening was reared to manhood, and while a student in the gymnasium acquired his primary medical education. On coming with his parents to the United States, he resumed his medical studies in the University of the City of New York, from the medical department of which institution he was graduated. He later opened an office in Tonawanda, Niagara County, N. Y., where he conducted a fair practice for about two years. Thence he came to Illinois and for a time practiced at Lacon, Marshall County. Later removing to Missouri, he practiced medicine in Jefferson County. Thence he came to Carlyle about 1878, and here he has since conducted a lucrative and extensive practice. In the various places where he has resided, he is still remembered as one of the best and most successful physicians these localities have known, and he has deservedly won the confidence of the people.
Politically a Democrat, the Doctor has for years been a potent factor in the progress of his party in this section. At the present time he is serving as physician of Clinton County. In the Clinton County Medical Society he has considerable prominence, and has been Secretary of this association for the past six years. He is also identified with the Illinois State Medical Society. In everything of interest to his profession he maintains a deep interest and keeps well posted upon every advance made in the science. In his religious connections, he is a member of the Lutheran Church. He has one son, William, now attending the college in Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Source: Portrait and Biographical Record of Clinton, Washington, Marion and Jefferson Counties, Illinois, 1894, Chapman Publishing Co., Chicago, IL
Submitted by: Connie Albers
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