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"Dr. Edmund S. Fessenden"

EDMUND S. FESSENDEN, M.D., of Albany, is one of the reliable physicians of Green county,
who has added experience to theory, and has supplemented the study of books by the study of men. He lives up to the best ideals of his profession, and has many friends in Albany and through the adjacent regions.
Dr. FESSENDEN was born in Colunbiana county, Ohio, Nov. 19, 1835, a son of James and
Mary (YOUNG) FESSENDEN, natives of New Hampshire and Connecticut, respectively. They were the parents of five sons and six daughters, and the following children are still living: Dr. Edmund S., of Albany; Sylvanus C., of Sharon, Wis.; Emily, the wife of Dr. SUTHERLAND, of Nebraska; Laura, the widow of Ransom PHELPS, of Aurora, Ill.; Rebecca Ann; Mrs. Nancy HALL, of Cresco, Iowa; Joel, of the same place; and Priscilla. The father was a cooper in early life, and became a farmer in Trumbull county, Ohio. He came to Wisconsin in 1856, where he located on a farm in Lafayette county. Some years later he moved to Howard county, Iowa, where he died in 1898, within two months of his eighty-first birthday. His wife died about two years previously, when seventy-seven. They were members of the Disciple Church. His father, probably a native of New Hampshire, had died of typhoid fever when about forty-five years of age; he was the father of eleven children, all of whom lived to be over fifty-six years of age. Philo YOUNG, the father of Mary (YOUNG) FESSENDEN, was a native of Connecticut, of English blood, and followed farming as an occupation; he passed away in advanced years, the father of a numerous family.
Dr. FESSENDEN lived on the farm in Trumbull county with his parents until he was ten years of
age, and then went to Holmes county, in the same State, where he grew to manhood. His education was acquired in the district school. In 1856 he came to Wisconsin with his parents, and here he attended the old Platteville Academy, after which he taught school four years. He began the study of medicine, but the Civil war postponed his preparation for his profession, and in December, 1863, as a member of Company E, 30th Wis. V.I., he marched to the front and served until the close of the war as a corporal. He was employed on detached service much of the time, and in 1864 stood guard at Fort Wadsworth, in Dakota. He was mustered out at Louisville, Ky., and resumed the study of medicine at the Eclectic Medical Institute at Cincinnati in 1865, remaining through the following year. He began his professional life in Grant county, Wis., and very soon moved into Richland Center, where he practiced for twelve years. He then came to Green county, and with the exception of four years at Mineral Point, his old home and the place of his marriage, he has continued to practice in this county, four years of the time being spent at Monroe. In December, 1899, Dr. FESSENDEN located in Albany, and contemplates a permanent residence here.
On March 25, 1860, Dr. FESSENDEN and Miss Henrietta Maria HOWE, daughter of Henry
and Carmelia A. (DAVIDSON) HOWE, were married at Mineral Point, Wis. To this union were born three sons and three daughters, Irene, William N., Marion, Henry Howe, Katie and Edmund L. Irene married M. J. CHRYST, of the town of Sylvester, and has seven children, Zina Muzette, Harold Clayton, Marjory, Neal Cleveland, Rexford, Archie McLean, and the baby. William N. is a painter and printer at Freeport, Ill. Marion married Edward F. BRATLEY, of the town of Cadiz, Green county, and has five children, Glenn, Lois, Maude, Alice, and the baby. Henry H., of Mineral Point, a painter by trade, married Miss Anna LIBBY, and has two children. Katie died when nineteen months old. Edmund L. is a painter. Dr. FESSENDEN and his wife with their two daughters are members of the Christian Church and are active workers in the Church and Sunday school. They are both well informed in the Scriptures, of which he is a profound student. He belongs to the George H. Legate Post, No. 125, G.A.R., at Mineral Point, and in his politics is a Prohibitionist.
Taken from "Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Rock, Green, Grant, Iowa and Lafayette Wisconsin," (c)1901 Union Publishing; pp. 966-967.
Courtesy of Carol.

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