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J. M. W. Langsdale, M. D.,

druggist, Florence, was born in Gallatin County, Ky., in 1847, being a son of John and Wealtha (Dill) Langsdale, his father a native of the same county, his mother born in Maryland. His parents married in Marion, Ind., and resided only in the two States, Indiana and Kentucky, his father being a farmer and still living. Dr. Langsdale grew to maturity on the farm, remaining there till 1862, when he enlisted in Company F, Seventy-ninth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and entered the war, serving till its close. He took part in the battles of Stone River, Chickamauga, Mission Ridge, and was with Sherman to Atlanta, also participating in several minor engagements. Returning home the Doctor attended the Ninevah High School, Johnson County, and the Ledonia Normal three years. He studied medicine with Dr. W.M. Richards, of Napoleon, Ky., and took a course at the Ohio Medical College, Cincinnati, graduating in 1874. He located at once in Florence, and has since resided there, engaged in the drug business and the practice of his profession, in which he has been quite successful. He was married, in 1873, to Clara Howe, native of Gallatin County, Ky., and daughter of Jonathan and Clarissa Howe. They have six children, namely: Lettie, Minnie, Elliott, Edith, Guy and Eva. The Doctor is a member of the I.O.O.F. and a genial gentleman in general.