- William Ellwood ZIEGENFUSS, M. D., of Albany, Wisconsin,
was born August 8th, 1854, in
- Pleasant Valley, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, of German descent.
He is the youngest of seven children of a good family, well to
do, long-lived, intelligent and religious. His great great grandfather
Andrew ZIEGENFUSS and wife left Strasbourg, France for America
in 1740. They settled near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from whence
the family has scattered through Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and
Virginia. The parents of William Ellwood ZIEGENFUSS, George and
Catharine, are still living in Pennsylvania, aged seventy-eight
and sixty-six years, respectively. George ZIEGENFUSS is a retired
- The educational advantages in the Doctor's time and home
were limited. All his education, so far
- as received from schools, was obtained in Monroe County,
at the district school, four months a year, under teachers of
but limited qualification. At the age of seventeen, having privately
studied of late, he began teaching school at $30 per month. He
taught and attended the normal schools alternately for the next
five years, thus taking an elective course of study, embracing
a very liberal English education.
- Having a natural inclination towards scientific studies,
William Ellwood ZIEGENFUSS entered the
- office of Dr. M. G. LESH and began the study of medicine.
In the autumn of 1876 he entered the Department of Medicine and
Surgery of the University of Michigan and graduated in the first
advanced course of studies in June 1878. After graduating he
spent a year in the East studying, traveling and corresponding
for various papers, which, in addition to contributing to various
medical journals, he still keeps up. In 1879 Dr. ZIEGENFUSS came
to Dexter and began the practice of his profession. He is eminently
successful as a physician.
- On 23 December 1879 he was married to Hattie Lorain SILL
of Dexter, who was born at Port
- Huron, Michigan on October 19, 1857, to George S. and Sarah
P. SILL, who still reside in Dexter, Michigan. Mrs. ZIEGENFUSS
is of English-French descent. Her grandparents on both sides
were early residents here. She is the oldest of three children,
having a sister and a brother younger than she. Dr. ZIEGENFUSS
is a man of extensive reading, both in his profession and in
the collateral sciences, possessing native talent for metaphysics
and the natural sciences. He is the author of various medical
articles and is a fine writer.
- Taken from "History of Green County, Wisconsin,"
(c)1884 Union Publishing; p. 431.
- Courtesy of Cathy Kubly.