Few men follow the medical profession with the degree of enthusiasm and ardor that is displayed by Dr. Charles H. Perry. He determined to make this calling his life's work when still a boy in his teens, and his success has been even far beyond the most sanguine expectations of those who have watched his career from its very beginning. Doctor Perry is the son of C. R. and Caroline (Fleece) Perry, and was born March 10, 1875. He was the third child of a family of six, all of whom have prospered in different walks of life. He has a practical knowledge of farming for he worked hard when a boy upon his father's place. After attending the common schools, he entered the academy at Campbellsville, and later became a student in the Georgetown College, of Kentucky. He spent three years in that institution, studying hard, for he was very ambitious. Later, he taught three terms in one of the district schools, of Kentucky. He never abandoned the idea of becoming a physician, however, and eventually he entered the College of Medicine, at Louisville, Kentucky. His studies in this college began in 1894, and he left the institution three years later with a distinguished diploma. He located at Lewis Creek, and began the practice of medicine. The difficulty which the average young physician experiences in building up a practice is too well known to need mention, but Doctor Perry was more than ordinarily successful at the very outset. In 1904 he took a post-graduate course at the Polyclinic School, of New York City, at the conclusion of which he returned to Lewis Creek, and resumed his practice, increasing it to a noticeable extent within the year following.
Doctor Perry has been married twice, his first wife being Emma K. White, of Flat Rock, Shelby county. To this union one child was born, Garnett R., his birth occurring January 30, 1901. Mrs. Perry died August 13, 1906. His second wife was Laura M. Trimble, daughter of Nathan Trimble. She was born in Shelby county, April 14, 1885, and received an education in the common schools.
Doctor Perry is a member of Farmers' Lodge, No. 147, Free and Accepted Masons, Kenton Lodge, No. 207, Knights of Pythias, Flat Rock, and Lewis Creek Lodge, No. 808, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, being past noble grand and a charter member thereof. He also belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America, No. 4580. He is at the present time medical examiner for this order, and serves in the same capacity for a large number of life insurance companies. He is a firm believer in secret orders, and takes a very active part in lodge work. He is a member of the Shelby County Medical Society, and American and State Medical societies, and is always to be found in attendance upon the meetings of these organizations. He is a Democrat, but seems content to be a private in the ranks, never having sought office of any kind. He has some farm interests and gives them what attention he can spare from his profession, which as a matter of fact, is very little, as he is one of the busiest physicians in the county. He has had remarkable success as a healer of the ills to which humanity is akin.
Chadwick's History of Shelby County, Indiana, by Edward H. Chadwick, B.A., assisted by well
known local talent, B.F. Bowen & Co, Publishers: Indianapolis, IN, 1909, pages 735-6.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming