It seems almost inconceivable, but soon the name Province no longer will be a part of the Johnson County medical scene.
Dr. William Province II plans to retire March 28 after serving 33 years as an internal medicine specialist in Franklin. It also will mean an end to the Province practice after 146 years in Johnson County, including 108 years in downtown Franklin.
The practice, believed to be one of the oldest continuous family practices in Indiana, was started in 1867 by Province’s great-grandfather, William M. Province, in Union Village, which is now Providence. His grandfather, Clarence Province, took over and in 1906 moved the practice to Franklin. Shortly thereafter, he bought the property where the practice currently sits on Main Street. Clarence’s son, William, was the next to take over the practice.