- 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.