Jefferson M. Denby, M. D. In the expanding horizons in medical science of modern times, in the era of marvelous discoveries and undreamed of surgical skill, it would seem that the profession had almost reached a point where its achievements are little less than miracles. The physician and surgeon of today, accepting every opportunity for the attainment of knowledge, must often feel, with professional elation, his great power over disease and disability and be thus encouraged for further effort in conquering the forces of illness that have not yet been overcome. Oklahoma has its full quota of skilled and conscientious professional men, and its physicians compare favorably with those to be found elsewhere in the Union, men who possess the steady nerve, the patience that never tires, the trained understanding gained through a long period of special study, and the courage that never quails, together with finished technical manual skill. A representative of this class is found at Carter, Beckham County, in the person of Dr. Jefferson M. Denby, a man of broad and thorough professional training, knowledge and experience, who is esteemed as a devotee of the best ethics of his calling and as a practitioner of the modern school.
Doctor Denby is a Tennesseean by nativity, born March 15, 1877, in Warren County, and a son of J. S. and Josie (Wood) Denby. The family was founded in this country in the seventeenth century by Samuel Denby, an emigrant from England to Virginia, who passed his life as a planter and died in the Old Dominion. J. S. Denby was born in Warren County, Tennessee, in 1847, and there has been engaged as a farmer throughout a long and active career, his present post office address being Smithville. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, a stalwart democrat and public-spirited citizen, and a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, being an influential man of his community where a life of industry has enabled him to accumulate a substantial property. Mrs. Denby was born in 1855, also in Warren County, Tennessee, and has been the mother of the following children: Callie, who is the wife of Joe Newby, a farmer of Warren County, Tennessee; Johnan, who is the wife of Aleck Marler, a" merchant of Warren County, Tennessee; James, who died young; Dr. Jefferson M.: Nan, who is the wife of Burn Freeman, a farmer of Cannon County, Tennessee; Florence, who is the wife of Tom Clark, a farmer of that county; Edna, who is the wife of John Preston, also an agriculturist there; Myrtle, who married O. C. Jennings, of McMinnville, Tennessee; Joe, a farmer, who died in Tennessee, at the age of twenty-three years; Bessie, who is married and lives in Warren County, Tennessee; Bob, a farmer of Cannon County, Tennessee; his twin, Bertie, who recently married and now resides at DeKalb County, Tennessee; Lizzie, who is a teacher in the public schools and makes her home with her parents; and Pauline, who is attending the high school at Dibrell, Tennessee.
Jefferson M. Denby was reared on his father’s farm, where he worked until he was sixteen years of age, when, having secured a high school education at Dibrell, Tennessee, he obtained a teacher’s certificate and for four terms was engaged as an educator in the schools of Warren County. With the money thus earned in 1897 he entered a preparatory school, and in 1901 became a student in the medical department of the University of Nashville, Tennessee, and was duly graduated therefrom in 1905, with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. At the university, the doctor was one of the most popular men of his class, of which he was president during his senior year, and was actively interested in athletics, being one of the varsity football stars. Doctor Denby entered upon his professional career at Smithville, Tennessee, but in July, 1910, came to Oklahoma, feeling that a broader field was open to him here, and since that time has carried on a general medical and surgical practice at Carter, where he has offices in the Van Vactor Building on Main Street. he has been successful in building up a practice of generous proportions and general importance and in gaining and holding the confidence of the profession and the public. He is a member of the Beckham County Medical Society and the Oklahoma State Medical Society, and his fraternal connections are numerous, including membership in Carter Lodge and Sayre Chapter of the Masonic Order, Lodge No. 143, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, of Lafayette, Indiana, and Carter Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Brotherhood of American Yeomen, the Modern Woodmen of America and the Woodmen of the World. He is a man of genial and confidence-inspiring personality, a rationalist in his sane and practical purpose, and a philosopher in his attitude toward the world. Politically he is a democrat without aspirations of a public nature, but has served efficiently as a member of the school board of Carter.
In 1910, at Hillsboro, Texas, Doctor Denby was united in marriage with Miss Jim Byford, daughter of the late Jim Byford, who was a farmer of DeKalb County, Tennessee. One daughter has been born to Doctor and Mrs. Denby: Helen Jo, born April 17, 1911.