|Birth: ||Sep. 30, 1854|
New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||Nov. 11, 1932|
St. Louis County
Dr. William Henry Magie was one of the foremost surgeons of Minnesota, a pioneer figure in the medical circles at the Head of the Lakes, and a leader in the development of surgery in that region. For years he had been one of the most recognized authorities in surgery in the northwest. He was a man of action, with broad views and liberal sympathies, actuated by motives of deep-seated patriotism and civic loyalty, and with admiration for all the wonderful resources and possibilities of the northwest country.
Dr. Magie was a lover of the open woods, the hills, and the waters. He was very fond of hunting and fishing, and participated in expeditions for big game, killing deer and bear within what is now the corporate limits of Duluth.
His family relocated from Madison, Chatham Twp, Morris Co, NJ to Terre Haute, Henderson Co, Illinois when he was three years old. Four years later, they later relocated to Chicago, Cook Co, Illinois and came back to Henderson County when he was fifteen years old.
Dr. Magie acquired his early education in the public schools of Chicago, IL, and at Abingdon College at Abingdon, IL. In the fall of 1873, when he was nineteen, his father, William Harvey Magie, returned to New Jersey, but returned the following year when the southeastern part of Kansas was freed from Indian occupation. His family settled on a ranch, and his father became an extensive rancher and a man of prominence in political affairs of Kansas during the 1870 and 1880's, being elected to the State Legislature.
Preparatory to his medical training, Dr Magie spent a year in a drug store at Pittsburg, Kansas, and in 1882 entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons (a.k.a. St. Louis Medical College) at St. Louis, MO. He graduated in 1884, and after a brief practice at Pittsburg, Kansas, relocated to Duluth, MN on September 10, 1884 setting up his practice with Dr. S.H. Boyer in the West End of town. He later took post-graduate courses at Columbia University, New York, and at Rush Medical College, Chicago.
He later relocated his office to the downtown area when the Lyceum building was constructed. For many years he was surgeon for the railroads, lumber and mining companies operating in the district. He served in a similar capacity for the old St. Paul & Duluth road, the Duluth & Winnipeg line, the Duluth, Missabe & Northern railway, and others. When the mines opened on the Mesaba range, he was in charge of medical work for the miners. Later he headed the Morgan Park Hospital for the Minnesota Steel Corporation.
Dr. Magie was one of the first staff physicians of St. Mary's Hospital, and remained a member of the staff until his death. He made medical history in the early days of Duluth, and from records at St. Mary's Hospital, performed the operation for the first properly diagnosed case of appendicitis in 1884. In 1885 the records showed that he performed the first gastro-enterostomy in Duluth, an operation used in stomach ulcers. He gained a wide reputation as a surgeon. Records also showed that he was an indefatigable worker and during the epidemics of 1895 and 1897 he worked day and night.
He was a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the Western Surgical Association and the American Medical Association and a former president of the St. Louis County Medical Society. He passed away at the Duluth Restorium, 1617 East 2nd Street, from myocarditis and angina pectoris due to congestive heart failure. His body remained in the library of St. Mary's Hospital for viewing until funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 13, 1932 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
Dr. William Magie's first wife was Josephine Shawger. They were married in 1876. She was born June 27, 1855 at Drakesville, New Jersey. She died in 1899 in at Duluth MN. Their daughter, Ida Mae Magie born in 1885 probably
in Kansas. They also had a son, Woodbury, who was a few years older. Ida married Frank Stauduhar, an architect. They had 6 children, The oldest was Isabelle born in 1907.
William Harvey Magie (1822 - 1883)
Eunice E. Shawger Magie (1821 - 1914)
Anna Isabella Henry Magie (1874 - 1929)
Woodbury W. Magie (1882 - 1950)*
Elizabeth Eunice Magie (1906 - 1914)*
St. Louis County
Created by: JASNJ
Record added: Aug 27, 2010
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