History of Doctor's in Lyon County

March 6, 1942

Services Held for Dr. Gray, 90, Pioneer Surgeon

Funeral services for Dr. Frank D. Gray, 90, pioneer surgeon who founded the first hospital in Marshall, were held today, March 22, at 2 p.m. from the Federated Church with the Rev. Gene Siekmann officiating. Burial was in the Marshall cemetery. Dr. Gray died Sunday night at Weiner Memorial Hospital. He founded the Marshall Hospital here in 1911, the first complete hospital to serve not only the city but a wide area unprotected by hospitals. At one time, Dr. Gray's hospital here was the only hospital between Mankato and Sioux Falls, S.D. With the hospital, Dr. Gray also offered a nurses' training school, which continued until the early 1940s. The hospital he founded continued until completion of the Weiner Memorial Hospital. Born in Lisbon, N.Y., April 4, 1870, Dr. Gray was the son of Robert J. Gray and Elizabeth Anne Porteus Gray. He took his pre-medical training at the University of Michigan and earned his M.D. degree at Northwestern University in 1899. He started practice at Vesta, Minn., building a hospital there in 1900. He married Nettie W. Urbach in July 1908, and moved to Marshall where he founded the Marshall Hospital in 1911. An active church worker, Dr. Gray was an elder of the Federated Church for 50 years. He was a Mason, a member of the Marshall school board from 1931-1943, serving as president during the years 1932-1938. Survivors include his wife, Nettie, two sons, Dr. Robert Fred Gray on the staff at the University of Illinois, Dr. Frank Davis Gray, Jr. on the staff of the Medical School at Yale University and one daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Anne Fillenworth of Lamberton, Minn. Two brothers and two sisters precede him in death. Pallbearers were Roy Elvidge, Pat McFarland, Dr. Kenneth Peterson, Dean Leedom, Jesse Banbury and Jake Janzen.

March 6, 1942

Hospital Founder Dies at Marshall - Dr. Frank D. Gray

Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Federated Church in Marshall for Dr. Frank D. Gray, 90, who founded hospitals in Marshall and Vesta during his medical career. Rev. Gene Siekmann officiated. Dr. Gray died Sunday at Marshall Hospital. He was born April 4, 1870 in Lisbon, N.Y., and graduated from medical school at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., in 1899, after attending Ogdensburg, N.Y. academy and University of Michigan. He interned at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul. He established a practice at Vesta in 1900 and opened a small hospital. In 1911, he turned his Vesta practice over to Dr. Roy A. Peterson when he moved to Marshall, bought an old schoolhouse and converted it into a hospital. He gave it to the city later and it now is a convalescent home. Dr. Gray was a member of Lyon County, Minnesota and American Medical associations, and an officer in Southern Minnesota Medical Society. He served on the Marshall school board from 1931 to 1943, and as its president from 1932 to 1938. He received his 50 year pin from the Masonic Blue Lodge in Marshall in 1954. Dr. Gray was also a ruling elder in the Vesta and Marshall Presbyterian churches, and was named an emeritus elder of the Marshall church in 1959. He married Nettie W. Urbach in 1908 in Vesta. She survives, with a daughter, Mrs. G.J. (Elizabeth) Fillenworth, Lamberton; two sons, Dr. Robert F. Gray, head of the African study section in anthropology at University of Illinois, and Dr. Frank D. Gray Jr., director of the cardiopulmonary section of Yale Medical School; two grandchildren, John and Thomas Fillenworth, and one great grandchild. Dr. and Mrs. Peterson were among those who attended the funeral.

Obituary: Mrs. Nettie Urbach Gray

Born Feb. 12, 1889; Died Jan. 9, 1969

Mrs. Nettie Urbach Gray, widow of Dr. F.D. Gray, died Thursday at the Marshall nursing home where she had been a resident three years. Funeral services were held Saturday with burial in the Marshall cemetery. Dr. Gray was the first physician in Vesta and established a hospital about 60 years ago. Mrs. Gray leaves two sons, Dr. Frank and Dr. Robert Gray and a daughter Mrs. G.J. (Elizabeth) Fillenworth of Lamberton.

Obituary: Dr. Wilbert W. Yaeger

Born Nov. 25, 1899; Died Jan. 15, 1975

A former Marshall physician died at his home in Laguna Hills, Calif., Sunday night. He was Dr. W.W. Yaeger, who practiced in Marshall from 1939 to 1958 when he retired and moved to California. Dr. Yaeger was active in the organization of Minnesota Blue Shield and served on its board of directors from its beginning until 1960. While in Marshall, Dr. Yaeger practiced with Drs. J.E. Murphy and Phillip Hedenstrom. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1924. Survivors include his widow Adele and two daughters, Mrs. Joanne Todd of California and Mrs. Jackie Greeley of Hawaii.

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Dr. Cowin Hospital in Marshall to Hold Formal Opening Monday

Public Invited to Visit and Inspect Hospital There Evenings Next Week

Dr. Abe Wilbur Cowin announced today that the Cowin Hospital will be formally opened Monday. Open house, he said, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Refreshments will be served. The Cowin Hospital is the former William Gieseke house at the corner of Sixth and Lyon streets. It has been completely remodeled to suit the requirements of a complete and modern hospital located on a quiet and pleasant street. The telephone is dial 5200. Dr. Cowin stated that the hospital and its facilities will be available to all physicians and surgeons of ethical standing in the vicinity of Marshall. A staff of four registered nurses has been engaged for the Cowin Hospital. Miss Q.A. Bradish, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Bradish of Marshall, has been engaged as superintendent of the hospital. She was formerly on the nursing staff of Eitel Hospital in Minneapolis. Dr. Cowin comes to Marshall with 13 years of general medical practice. He holds license to practice medicine and surgery in Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota. Born in St. Paul, he was graduated from Mechanics Arts High School there, then took his pre-medical training at the University of Minnesota. From Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., he received the degrees of Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine, the latter in 1925. He served his internship at the Gunderson Clinic in LaCrosse, Wis. Prior to taking up his medical studies. Dr. Cowins served in France during the World War in an artillery unit of the 86th Division of the American Expeditionary Forces. Dr. Cowin, early last summer, visited Marshall in search of a new location. He was, he said, immediately impressed with the wide-awakeness of the city, and its central location in rich farming country, and decided to settle here. Looking farther, he was likewise impressed with the Gieseke home, because it had many possibilities as a hospital with its cheerful appearance with many windows, and its large lawn and other pleasant surroundings. Dr. Cowin arrived in Marshall early last September and began to personally supervise the alteration and remodeling of the large house into the hospital. The new hospital has a capacity of 14 beds. There are several private rooms for those patients who care to avail themselves of such. Ward rooms with several beds in each are also available. All adult beds are of the modern design by Salisbury of Minneapolis. By means of a slight gear adjustment the head or the foot of both may be raised to suit the comfort of the patient. The four baby cribs are in a room at the west end of the main floor. On the main floor of the new hospital are found the reception room, Dr. Cowin's office, examining room, treatment room, X-ray room, nursery, the superintendent's desk, and a private room for a patient. The equipment is of the latest type, including the big Kelley-Koett X-ray machine with a heavy duty unit and fluoroscopy. Ascending to the second floor, one finds an alcove where a nurse is on constant duty and where patients' charts are kept. The second floor is known as the "patients' floor." It contains two private rooms and two ward rooms, various closets for linen and other items, the sterilization room, the instrument room, and the operating room. This operating room, in terrazzo tile with green and black borders and while ceiling and walls, includes among its equipment an autoclave hydraulic operating table, modern sterilizers, and other equipment essential to its purpose. On the third floor are a dormitory for the nurses, including beds, sitting room and bath. The basement has been completely redesigned and redecorated and includes a large dining room, kitchen, store room, X-ray developing room, and furnace room. City water and soft water from a large cistern are available in the water system. There are four exits and entrances to the building, and there are fire extinguishers on every floor. Large spacious porches are built off the house where patients may be wheeled if they care to get sun and outdoor air. Tony Macht was the contractor in the remodeling and redecorations.

Nov. 29, 1940

Marshall Woman's Death is Probed

Marshall, Minn., Nov. 29 - Authorities aided by agents of the state bureau of criminal apprehension, tonight were conducting an inquiry into the death of Mrs. Abe Wilbur Cowin, whose frozen body was found in a ditch along highway 19 a half-mile east of here early today. Cause of the woman's death still was unknown as the condition of the body delayed an immediate autopsy and examination.

Nov. 29, 1940

Former Redwood Falls Woman is Freezing Victim

Mrs. Cowin, Marshall, formerly was foot specialist here

Mrs. Abe Wilbur Cowin, 41, of Marshall who was found frozen to death early Friday morning along highway 19 about a half-mile east of Marshall was a former resident of Redwood Falls. She may have been on her way here at the time of her death, officials said. Mrs. Helen Reineke, before her marriage to Dr. Cowin, she lived in an apartment above the Penney store for about a year, moving to Marshall two years ago. She was a foot doctor and had several patients among Redwood Falls residents. Sheriff Harry Croft of Marshall said today a postmortem examination showed she died from exposure. Lyon County officials traced her form the city to the spot where she was found at 7 a.m. by Cecil Snyder, Marshall hardware store employee. She had walked in the ditch all the way and fell 10 or 12 times before she reached the place where she was discovered. Authorities guessed that she was either on her way to the cemetery to visit the grave of her baby, which died at birth last summer, or was heading toward Redwood Falls where she had lived. She slipped from the family living quarters on the third floor of the Cowin Hospital Thursday evening while her husband was downstairs getting the evening paper. He heard the back door close and ran to it but could not see her. The victim was clad only in a dress and suit coat, had no overshoes or mittens. Mrs. Cowin had disappeared from home several times before, the sheriff said.