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Dorrence William Aldrich

Male 1846 - 1909  (63 years)

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  • Name Dorrence William Aldrich 
    Born 1 Apr 1846  Boone County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 8 May 1909  [2
    • 1878 History
      D.W. Aldrich, MD

      He is a graduate of Bellevue Hospital, New York, 1874. He was born in Boone Co. IL 1 Apr 1848 and is the son of William Aldrich and Sarah (Bassett) Aldrich. He was a student at Knox College and in 1869-70 attended Rush Medical College at Chicago. He was married 1 Aug 1872 to Margarette McBride. They have two children. They joined the United Baptist Church in 1877, and he has served as Supervisor and held the office of Coroner of Knox County. Republican in politics. His address is Gilson, where he is engaged in the practice of his profession.

      Illinois Medical Journal, Volume 15
      D.W. Aldrich, M.D. (Include picture)

      D.W. Aldrich, M.D., mayor of the city of Galesburg during the years 1887 and 1888 and one of the most skilled and best known physicians and surgeons in that part of the state, died on May 8 at his home in that city after a long illness. For some time the end had been expected, and yet the news of his passing away came as a surprise and was heard with general regret. For many years Dr. Aldrich has occupied a prominent position in his profession in Galesburg and surrounding territory and has been prominent in the state, military tract, and other medical associations.
      Dr. Aldrich was a native of Illinois, born April 1, 1846. His father being a farmer, Dr. Aldrich spent his boyhood days on a farm. He attended the district schools, and later attended Knox College, and from there, in 1869 entered Rush Medical College. He later matriculated at Bellevue Medical College, and from the later institution he was graduated March 1, 1874, and four years later supplemented his knowledge by taking a postgraduate course in the same institution. From 1874 to 1880 he practiced medicine at Gilson, Ill., moving to Galesburg in May of the last named year. Jan. 1, 1886, he was appointed local surgeon for the C. B. & Q. R. R. with headquarters in Galesburg and served in that capacity up to the time of his death. He has occupied a position of high standing as a physician and as a surgeon of unusual skill.
      During his term as mayor in the city of Galesburg occurred the Burlington strike, and, although he met with a number of difficult situations, his administration was marked by efficiency and ability. While in the enjoyment of good health and until the decline began Dr. Aldrich has a practice second to that of no other physician in the county.
      Jan. 1, 1865, Dr. Aldrich enlisted as a private in Company E., One Hundred and Forty-Eighth Illinois infantry and served to the close of the war.
      The funeral took place on May 11 and was very largely attended, member of the Knox County Medical Society and other physicians from abroad attending in a body.
    Person ID I07767  1A William Bassett of Plymouth
    Last Modified 7 Jan 2019 

    Father William Aldrich,   b. 25 Sep 1809, Cooperstown, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Apr 1870, Henderson, Knox County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Mother Sarah Anne Bassett,   b. 26 Jul 1812,   d. 24 Jan 1902  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 30 Mar 1834  [2
    Family ID F01730  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret McBride,   d. Deceased 
    Family ID F03387  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. Aldrich Family Bible Record.

    2. AFBR.