Dr. Harry C. Stinson is a leading physician and surgeon of Dermott, Ark., and to his skill and talent in alleviating the pains
and ailments to which the human body is heir, he deserves the gratitude of hundreds.
He was born in Newport, of the Blue-Grass State, July 18, 1853, and is a son of Dr. John B. Stinson, who was born at
Evansville, Ind., and is a descendant of one of the oldest settlers of that portion of the State. He was a man of exceptionally
fine intellect, and was a graduate of the Jefferson Medical College of Cincinnati, Ohio. He removed from the State of
Kentucky to Louisiana about 1854, when that State was almost a wilderness, and in his new home began the practice of
his profession, which continued to receive his attention until his death March 2, 1873.
The paternal grandfather, Maj. John B. Stinson, was a Virginian, born of English parents in 1787, and was a pioneer to
Indiana Territory, settling at Evansville, in 1820, while the Indians still thickly inhabited that region, and had to undergo all
the hardships incident to pioneer life in a new and wild country. He was a gallant soldier in the War of 1812, and was with
Gen. Andrew Jackson at the battle of New Orleans, and for gallantry was commissioned captain in the Tenth Indiana
Militia, and later was commissioned major in the same regiment, by Gov. Jennings, commander-in-chief of the Indiana
Militia. He was also a brave officer in Harrison's Indian War, and in later years, being a man of intelligence and great
decision of character, he filled the position of probate judge for many years. He was a minister of the gospel, and for more
than thirty years preached the doctrines of the Baptist Church, and passed from this life in 1850, aged about sixty-three
Mrs. Fannie (Capes) Stinson, the mother of the subject of this sketch, was a Kentuckian born and bred, and in her youth
received her education in Cincinnati, Ohio, and she and Dr. John B. Stinson were married near that city, in 1853, becoming
the parents of two sons and one daughter: Harry C. and Kate (wife of Edward Myrick, a prominent merchant and planter,
of Girard, La.), being the only ones living. Benjamin died at Girard at the age of twelve years.
Dr. Harry C. Stinson was reared in Louisiana, being about one year old when his parents moved to that State from
Kentucky, and here good educational advantages were enjoyed, his literary course being completed in a college in Baton
Rouge, La. He was in his graduating year in this institution when his father's death occurred, and as he returned home, and
did not again go back to school, he failed to take his degree. After deciding to make the profession of a physician his
calling through life, he immediately began his preparatory studies, and in 1881 and 1882 attended lectures at the Louisville
Medical College, graduating with high honors in the latter year.
He then settled at Dermott, Chicot County, Ark., where he has a large and paying practice, and enjoys the reputation of
being a physician and surgeon of more than ordinary ability, and is deservedly very popular in his county. As an evidence of
his skill and ability he has been appointed medical examiner for all insurance companies doing business in his section, and
his standing is a credit to himself, and the community at large. He is a gentleman of refined tastes, courteous, social and
entertaining in his intercourse with his friends, of whom he has many. Though not a church member, he is a man of high
moral standing, and in his political views is a Democrat, as were all his ancestors, and has taken an active interest in
political maters, although not an officeseeker.
On February 13, 1883, he was united in marriage to Miss Kate Wells, a native of Louisville, Ky., and a daughter of Jesse
and Mary (Carey) Wells, the former a Kentuckian, being now deceased. The mother is a resident of Denver, Colo., having
moved there from Kentucky in 1887. Dr. and Mrs. Stinson became the parents of two interesting little children, but only
one is now living, Bessie Yandell. The son, Jesse C. (died September 16, 1882). Mrs. Stinson is a member of the Baptist