Dr. Harry Overton Pope was born on the 29th of July, 1892 in Latham, Illinois, U.S.A. His parents William Greenleaf Eliot Pope and the former Ida Rose Richards, had been married in Bothwell the year before he was born. Dr. Harry Pope’s parents returned to Bothwell after young Harry was born. Dr. Pope’s sister Audrey “Lenore” was born in Bothwell on February 10th, 1897. Dr. Pope’s mother died on the 3rd of August, 1898 at the age of 26. She was buried at the West Bothwell Cemetery. After his mother died, Harry and his sister Lenore lived with his grandparents, Dr. Francis and Mary Pope. His father William married Bertie May Elwood on the 27th of September, 1901 in Bothwell. They had 3 children, all born in Bothwell; Lizzie Ardath Pope born in 1902, William Greenleaf Eliot Pope born in 1907 and Edna Gwendolyn Pope born in 1915.
Dr. Harry Pope attended medical school in Michigan and graduated M.D.,C.M. in 1915. Dr. Pope graduated M.D. from the University of Western Ontario in London in May of 1916 and he practiced medicine in the community of Bothwell.
Dr. Pope married Fern Allison Beshears. She was born on the 18th of November, 1893 in Illinois, the only child of James D. Beshear and the former Ina Myrtle Allison. In 1920 she was a student at Illinois State University.
Dr. and Mrs. Pope had a daughter named Harriett.
By 1920, the Pope family had moved to Illinois. Dr. Pope practiced medicine in Niantic and Latham, Illinois. According to the 1930 census, Dr. and Mrs. Pope resided at 34 Joint Street in Latham, Illinois. Dr. Pope served during World War I as a Captain with the United States Army Medical Corps. He was stationed at Motor Hospital 44 near La Baule, France. He also served during World War II with the United States Armed Services. At the time of his registration, he was 49 years old and living in Niantic, Illinois.
Dr. Pope was a 32nd Degree Mason and he was a life member of the Masonic Lodge. He was also a member of the Rotary Club. Dr. Pope was a life member of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Mrs. Pope died in September of 1982 in Illinois. She was buried at Graceland Cemetery in Decatur, Macon County, Illinois. Dr. Pope died on the 23rd of March, 1988 in Decatur, Illinois. At the time of his death, he had 3 grandsons and 4 great grandchildren. Dr. Pope was buried at Lake Bank Cemetery in Mount Pulaski, Illinois.
Photo: Captain Harry Pope, U.S. Army Medical Corps. This photo was taken in 1918 and was graciously provided by the Pope Family.
*Dr. Pope is also featured on the ‘Gathering Our Heroes’ website.
**His grandfather, Dr. Francis Henry Pope is also featured on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.