Arthur Lee Shreffler, M. D. is among the leading surgeons of Joliet, where he was born Oct. 9, 1884. He is the
son of Samuel and Bertha (Murphy) Shreffler.
Samuel Shreffler was born in Lancaster County, Pa., in 1839, and his widow is a native of Cook County, Ill, and
resides in Joliet, where Mr. Shreflier was a well known inventor and manufacturer. He died May 8, 1928. Two sons
were born to them: Arthur Lee, the subject of this sketch; and Roy, also resides in Joliet.
Samuel Shreffler came to Joliet with his parents, Samuel and Paulina Shreffler about 1843. They settled near Zarley's
Point, where Mr. Shreffler operated a brick yard. He was the builder of the plank road between Joliet and Plainfield,
and was a pioneer hotel proprietor of Joliet, having conducted a hostelry on Washington Street. Samuel Shreffler,
Jr., discovered the first coal lands in Illinois while on a hunting trip near Braidwood, Ill. This section was
later developed by the Peabody Coal Company.
Arthur Lee Shreffler spent his boyhood in Joliet and attended the public schools. He was graduated from Joliet
Township High School in 1904 and subsequently took up the study of medicine at the University of Wisconsin. He
received the degree of Doctor of Medicine from Northwestern University in 1911 and spent the following year as
an interne in the Wesley Memorial Hospital, Chicago. From 1912 until 1917 he was a professor of clinical surgery
of Northwestern University, being first assistant to Dr. William E. Schroeder at that institution. Besides his
extensive practice in Joliet, Doctor Shreffler serves on the surgical staff of Wesley Memorial Hospital, Chicago,
and the local hospitals, Silver Cross and St. Joseph's. During the World War he served on the local draft board
as an examiner.
On July 18, 1914, Doctor Shreffler was united in marriage with Miss Edna Gertrude Luke, of Cincinnati, Ohio, the
daughter of Captain M. H. and Ella (Penfield) Luke, both natives of Illinois. Captain Luke, now deceased, was responsible
for the introduction of the Bertillion System into the prisons of the United States and for many years was superintendent
of the reformatory at Pontiac, Ill. His widow resides at San Diego, Calif.
Politically, Doctor Shreffler is a Republican. He holds membership in the Universalist Church and is affiliated
with Matteson Lodge, A. F. and A. M. No. 175, and Phi Rho Sigma fraternity. He also belongs to the Joliet Country
Club and Chamber of Commerce. He is past president of the Will County Medical Society, and also belongs to the
Illinois State Medical Society and the American Medical Association.
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Will County, Il
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