The Henry County, Ohio, Historical Society
P.O. Box 443
Napoleon, OH 43545
The World of Medicine
The long list of early pioneer physicians in this area is most impressive. Dr. William Barry, the first doctor, was also a lawyer and held other posts of trust. Napoleon, with a population of fewer than 4,000, had nine doctors in 1888. Some doctors' names from the past may be remembered, either through kinship or tales of yesteryear: Lorenzo Patrick, John Bloomfield, Eugene Harrison, Alfred Maerker, James Haly, H. McHenry, J. M. Shoemaker, Henry Wirestefeld, and David McCann.
Home and office of Dr. P. B. Saur and the J. C. Saur Drug Store, 1875
Physicians who served the community in the early decades of the Twentieth Century included: Frank and Charles Harrison, Thomas Quinn, Charles Mowry, Henry Rohrs, H. C. Coy, J. R. Boles, and John Bloomfield.
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In the last few decades, the Napoleon area most remembers the dedicated care offered by Richard L. Gilson and Edwin Winzeler.
Dr. Charles M. Harrison, J. Julian and Eugenia Harrison Moudy
The most outstanding record of continuous medical care to the citizens of Henry County can rightfully be claimed by the Harrison family. For 119 years, through five generations, members of this family have been administering medical care in this area. The Harrison family line runs as follows: Drs. E. B. Harrison I, E. B. Harrison II, Charles Harrison, Frank Harrison, Julian Harrison and his son, Charles. The latter is practicing medicine in nearby Bryan, Ohio. Dr. David McCann, mentioned earlier, was the father of Mrs. E. B. Harrison, II.
Dr. John Bloomfield
In the second half of the 1800's, three women doctors were prominent in Napoleon's medical history. Dr. P. B. Saur practiced medicine in a three-room office on the west side of the Saur home, which, before it was razed, stood next to our present Post Office. This home, later called the Dan Yarnell house, was the oldest in the west section of town. Dr. Saur moved her practice to Chicago and when she died many years ago, the front page of the Chicago Tribune saluted her as a most "distinguished physician." The Russell Pattersons, Napoleon, have a book written by Dr. Saur in 1888, entitled Maternity. Dr. Mary Kettering, a graduate of Napoleon High School in 1882, did missionary work in China but retired to this area. Dr. Hulda Sheffield practiced medicine here toward the end of the century.
The above article is reprinted from Henry County, Ohio, Volume Two, A Collection of Historical Sketches and Family Histories Compiled by Members and Friends of The Henry County Historical Society. Dallas, TX, Taylor Publishing Co., p. 268.
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The Henry County Historical Society was formed
in 1970 to perpetuate the history of Henry County, Ohio, to learn about and preserve
the artifacts of the county, and to generate interest in the past of the county.
Our primary focus at this time is the completion of the restoration
work on the beautiful Dr. John Bloomfield Victorian home, built circa
1879. This house is located at the corner of West Clinton and Webster streets
in downtown Napoleon, across from the Napoleon Public Library. The house has been completely restored and is decorated with authentic period furnishings.
Work is in progress on the carriage house
and gardens. The home is open for special events, educational programs
and private tours. We welcome new and old members alike to lend a hand and help us in our
many programs and activities.
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