Montgomery County Illinois History

Telfer Medical Clinic – Hillsboro Illinois

Telfer Medical Clinic – Hillsboro Illinois

The pace is hectic most days at Telfer Medical Clinic, with two doctors, two nurses and four other employees darting in and out of examination rooms and clinic offices. Hundreds of patients are seen and treated there monthly by Dr. James DuVall Telfer and Dr. Roger Carroll McFarlin.

The attractive and spacious clinic building, constructed in 1960, was operated for several years by "Dr. Jim" and his father "Dr George" Telfer, who had practiced family medicine In this community for nearly a half-century before his death in 1969 at age 79.

Dr. McFarlin, a native of Hillsboro, joined the Telfer Clinic five years ago He also maintains a medical office in Raymond, open from 2-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

Born into a medical family, Dr. Jim's mother, Blance DuVall Telfer was a public health nurse who served with the Army nursing corps during World War I Jim earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado end his master's from the University of Denver While doing postgraduate work at the University of Indiana he met and married Ruth Ann Curtiss He received his M.D. degree in 1958 from the of the University of Louisville, Kentucky, and took his Internship at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. Dr. Jim was surgical house officer at SS Mary and Elizabeth hospital in Louisville from 1959 to 1960, when he returned to Hillsboro to loin his father's medical practice.

Former president of the Hillsboro Hospital medical staff and Montgomery County Medical Society, Dr. Jim is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Institute of Biological Sciences, Genetics Society of America, American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Practice, Illinois Academy of Family Practice and the Illinois State Medical Society.

Active in community affairs the post 17 years, Dr. Jim served two three-year terms on Hillsboro Unit Board of Education and was board president one of those years He's a former Hillsboro Jaycee and belongs to Hillsboro Kiwanis Club.

An avid sportsman, Dr Jim founded and for nine years was publisher of "Rx Sports and Travel" leisure magazine for doctors. He continues as owner of one of its subsidiaries, Rx Travel Agency on Courthouse Square in Hillsboro. He is also a flight examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration and past vice-president of the Flying Physicians Association.

Dr. Jim and Ruth are parents of three children, Susan, a student at Clemson University in South Carolina, Kim and George, both students at Hillsboro High School.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd McFarlin of Hillsboro, Roger McFarlin graduated from Hillsboro High School and received his bachelor's degree in 1965 from Washington University, St. Louis. His M.D. degree was earned over the next four years at the University of Louisville, Kentucky.

Dr. McFarlin did one year of internship at Denver General Hospital in Colorado and was in private practice of family medicine from 1970 to 1972 in Anaconda, Montana.

Since returning to his hometown and the Telfer Clinic, Dr McFarlin has become Involved In the Montgomery County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, as well as devoting his leisure time to hunting and fishing. Professionally, he Is a member of the American Medical Association, the Illinois Medical Society and Montgomery County Medical Society.

Members of the Telfer Clinic staff, left to right, are: Dr. Roger McFarlin, Doris Whitten, R.N., Jean Stokes, part-time lab assistant; Vicki Johnson, R.N.; Paula Elliott, receptionist, Louise Boas, secretary; Kay Gray, R.N. and Dr. Jim Telfer. Not present for the photo was part-time lob assistant Phyllis Harrison.

Taken from: “The Montgomery County News”
Provided by: Bernean Struss

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