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Dr Werner Hemstead
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Birth: Apr. 19, 1860
Sherrill
Dubuque County
Iowa, USA
Death: Mar. 11, 1952
Rochester
Olmsted County
Minnesota, USA

Arrived in Brainerd in 1882.

•See Dr. David P. Bigger.
•See Dr. Jasper Edward Cheney.
•See Frederick Koenig.
•See Joseph Midgely.
•See Frederick Mervin "Buff" McNaughton.
•See Florian Erath.
•See Emma E. Forsythe.
•See John E. Pryde.
•See James Dewar.
•See Charles Douglas Johnson.

24 September 1882-30 September 1888—Served as Assistant Chief Surgeon in the Northern Pacific Railroad Hospital, Brainerd, Minnesota

1885-1887—Brainerd City Alderman

01 April 1888-01 April 1890; November 1892-November 1894—Mayor of Brainerd

      Dr. W. Hemstead returned on Thursday from Papillion, Nebraska where he was called to attend the funeral of his mother, who died at that place on Sunday last. The lady was an old resident of the above city, having resided there since 1868, and at the time of her death was 76 years old. Many of our citizens will remember the deceased, as she resided in Brainerd with her son for five years. (Brainerd Dispatch, 24 January 1896, p. 4, c. 4)

1891-1892; 1901-1902—Served in the Minnesota State House of Representatives

         A FINE RESIDENCE PROPERTY
                            _____

     Will be Constructed by Dr. Hemstead
              Corner 4th and Kingwood
                     Streets this Fall.
                            _____

      Dr. Werner Hemstead on Tuesday, through Keene & McFadden, real estate agents, purchased three lots at the corner of 4th and Kingwood streets, of Mrs. L. M. Follett, and will immediately begin the construction of a fine modern residence property for a home. The doctor has sent to James Kees, the Minneapolis architect, for plans which he expects to get in a few days, when he will immediately contract for its construction. It will be modern in every way, with a basement under the whole, containing a laundry, storage cellar and heating plant, and will be two stories high, and will cost over $5,000 when completed. It will be one of the finest houses in town, and will be a splendid addition to 4th street, now one of the best streets in the city. Let the good work go on. (Brainerd Dispatch, 21 September 1900, p. 1, c. 4)

1901—One of the organizers of the Brainerd Wholesale Grocery Company

1901—President of the Northern Pacific Bank, Brainerd, Minnesota

      Dr. Hemstead has given up his office as physician and will discontinue the practice of medicine. He will devote his entire time to the business of the N. P. bank, of which he is president. (Brainerd Dispatch, 19 April 1901, p. 8, c. 1)

1906—Purchased the Brainerd Brewery Company with Edward J. Boppel

04 February 1910. One of the swellest social functions of the season was the dancing party given at Elks Hall by Dr. and Mrs. Werner Hemstead and Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Hartley. The hall was decorated with potted plants and Brainerd's leading society people were present. (This Was Brainerd, Brainerd Dispatch, Thursday, 04 February 2010)

1918-1938—Resident Physician at the St. Cloud State Reformatory, St. Cloud, Minnesota

1938-1947—Resident Physician at the Fergus Falls State Hospital, Fergus Falls, Minnesota

      ...[In 1882] Brainerd was the picture of a typical frontier town. The business buildings and residences were 99 percent of wood frame construction with a few of logs. The business district extended from South Broadway along Front to Fourth Street, along south Fourth to Laurel and on Laurel east to Broadway. To the west from Fourth was the restricted red-light district. Two [sic] [Three] hotels served the traveling public, the Commercial on the southwest corner of Fifth and Laurel, and the Villard or Headquarters Hotel on North Sixth and main line tracks, this hotel also served as depot, waiting room, ticket office and baggage room; across the street to the east was the general office building, also of frame, containing the superintendent's, dispatcher's, roadmaster, train and yard-foremen's offices and their clerks; formerly the general manager and other general officers of the main line occupied this building before they were transferred to St. Paul.
      ...There was no wagon bridge across the river, but a ferry plied the stream in daylight where the concrete bridge now spans the river, pedestrians walked on two planks nailed to ties between the rails. Streets were very sandy, sidewalks made of pine planks and residences enclosed with white picket fences.
      ...Hon. Chauncey B. Sleeper and Hon. George W. Holland were leading attorneys, both later consecutively elected District Court Judges.
      ...The White brothers, Charles and Ike, with their father were hardware merchants and building contractors; Hartley brothers, Wilbur W., publisher and postmaster, Frank, mayor, Frank and Gill merchants and logging operators; William Ferris banker, William Dreskell jeweler, band leader and electrician; Newton [McFadden] and F. M. Cable druggists; W. A. Smith, Linneman and Koop [John Henry], [John William], [Severin H.], general stores; Mrs. C. Grandelmeyer, milliner; C. M. Patek, furniture; Carl Douglas, Commercial Hotel; Mr. Witt, manager Villard Hotel and Depot; Anton Mahlum of the Mahlum House; A. P. Farrar, H. J. Small, J. C. Barber shop superintendents; John Willis, Adam Bardsley, Walter Davis, shop foremen; M. C. Kimberley, Division Superintendent; A. E. Taylor, Roadmaster; Capt. W. P. Spalding, Claim Agent and father of our former sheriff [Henry Spalding] and grandfather of our present [William] Henry Spalding.
      ...The ladies, too, must not be omitted; they always contributed charm and cheer, gladness and gaiety and made the Mauve Eighties and the Gay Nineties worth living. In social activities and community welfare they were efficient workers. Church festivals and three formal dances were the main events in the social life of the time. Church suppers, with the proverbial oyster stew, and church bazaars were well-attended by the males, and the financial receipts replenished the sometimes meager Sunday collections. Church festivals also provided means for social gatherings, civic intercourse and to welcome newcomers.
      At the corner of south Sixth and Front Streets, where the Ransford Hotel now stands and over a general store was Bly's Hall. The formal dances of the year were the one's given by the Volunteer Fire Department, the Locomotive Firemen and the O. R. C. [Order of Railway Conductors]. After Bly's Hall was converted into a roller skating rink, Gardner's Hall was used for dances. Dreskell's orchestra furnished the music. Dances usually began at eight, at midnight an hour's intermission for lunch, generally in J. T. Sanborn's City Hotel, then the dance continued until morning. Winter sleigh ride parties to Toting places, the forerunners of our present day roadhouses and resorts, provided frequent country dances.
      Among the active social leaders who served as chaperones and patronesses were Mesdames L. P. White, H. J. Small, C. B. Sleeper, T. C. Bivins, C. F. Kindred, W. A. Smith, W. W. Hartley, C. M. Patek; among the younger set Mesdames Newton McFadden, N. J. [sic] [H.] Ingersoll, H. I. Cohen, J. N. Nevers, Geo. Keene, Geo. Goodman, Geo. Ames, G. W. Vanderslice, and D. Sovereign. Among the buds [wannabe debutantes] and debutantes, beautiful girls, refined and lovely to behold, were the Misses Lucy Gleason Wieland, and her sisters Minnie, Mae, and Maude; the misses Ethel Small Farrar and her sisters Clara Gould, Bess Westfall, Jean Clark, Mary and Winifred; the Misses Mollie Mulrine Snyder, and her sisters Sue Dickinson, Addie Howes and Bess McLane; Blanche and Maud Sleeper, Mary and Margaret Meekins, Ann Reilly, Nellie Chase, Winnie Smith Albright, Daisy Badeaux Thabes, Annie Steege Ferris Young, Mae Campbell, Mae Metcalf, Rosa and Lotta Grandelmeyer, Lillian Arnold Webb, Jennie and Ann Welch, Mayme and Lizzie Cannan [sic] and that is not the whole list.
      And the young men, too, were no less active and successful in business affairs as well in the social life. Chief among them was C. D. Johnson, pharmacist, orator, philosopher and state senator; A. F. Ferris, banker, politician and state senator; F. A. Farrar, banker and realtor; Dan Gunn, hotel manager, politician and state senator; D. M. Clark hardware and furniture, Frank Golightly Hall, socialite and printer, Henry I. Cohen, Geo. and Al Leopold, J. H. [sic] [H. W.] Linneman merchants. Jack and Fred Small, mining engineers.
      ...Brainerd had celebrated the driving of the Golden Spike [signaled the completion of the Northern Pacific Railroad to the Pacific] with a monster street parade of floats and marching men, over a thousand men were in line; streets and buildings displayed flags and bunting. The procession was headed by Mayor Frank Hartley and the city council, the Volunteer Fire Department, the Municipal Band and civic organizations. Floats on wheels representing logging and river driving operations, saw mill and lumber industries, bateau [boat] floats on wheels manned with colorful costumed lumber jacks with peaveys on their shoulders, wanigan boats on wheels with cooks tossing hot flapjacks and donuts to spectators on the curb, huge loads of logs piled high, log cabins, the replica of the woodsman's bunkhouse, axe hewn go-devils dragging suspended logs, decorated wagons representing numerous logging and saw mill firms, all pulled by four-to-ten-yoke ox-teams at a slow and lumbering speed; fantastic clowns, made-up fife and drum corps, sometimes consisting of only one or two men added the ludicrous features to a spectacular parade; fun frolic and sports ruled day and night. So ended the passing of a perfect Minnesota autumn day.
      ...[In the early 1880's] appeared a new force in our midst, men of civic spirit, energy and enterprise. Con O'Brien, a young man of great business ability and foresight founded a fortune and a family, which his sons are successfully carrying on; Leon E. Lum, a brilliant young attorney entered upon a successful law career, a manager of municipal and public affairs, who became a wealthy philanthropist and presented a beautifully wooded park on Rice Lake to the city; Hon. W. S. McClenahan, another brilliant young attorney developed into a noted jurist and Judge of the District Court, serving for 24 years, dispensing justice tempered with mercy, firmness and fidelity; R. R. Wise, hotel manager, public spirited citizen and promoter of Minnesota's Ten Thousand Lakes Association for recreational facilities; W. D. McKay, builder and successful executive of our municipal public utilities; C. N. Parker, foundry, banker and street car operator, first by horses and later electrified. Dr. Walter Courtney and Dr. J. L. Camp leading physicians and surgeons; Dr. A. F. Groves entered a successful medical and public health career, he was active in social and educational affairs; Dr. Walter Courtney built up a successful medical and surgical practice and was then appointed Chief Surgeon for the N. P. B. A.; Dr. James L. Camp, former Indian physician, managed the Lumbermen's Hospital, this hospital was purchased by the Sisters of the St. Franciscan Order [sic] [Order of St. Benedict] and is now the high class St. Joseph Hospital. Here, too, entered a lad whose career I have watched with interest and satisfaction. From the time he was a barefoot, freckled boy in the grades until he graduated from the Brainerd High School he has been an earnest, steady student; then he entered the Minnesota University, graduated from the Medical Department with honor, returned to his home town to become, not only the noted surgeon John A. Thabes, but also a great civic leader. We are all proud of this native son. (As I Remember, Dr. Werner Hemstead)

      Dr. Hemstead, Veteran Physician,
                        Dies at 91

      Dr. Werner Hemstead, 91, veteran Minnesota physician, former legislator and one-time mayor of Brainerd, Minn., died today at Rochester, Minn.
      Dr. Hemstead had practiced medicine in Minnesota 65 years.
      Born in Dubuque township, Iowa, he was, before his death the last surviving member of the first graduating class of the University of Nebraska medical college.
      In 1930 his alma mater conferred a special citation on him for pioneering research in anatomy.
      Dr. Hemstead went to Brainerd in 1882 as an intern with the Northern Pacific hospital and soon afterwards entered private practice. In 1918 he was appointed resident physician for St. Cloud reformatory.
      He remained at St. Cloud until 1938, when he received a similar appointment on the staff of Fergus Falls state hospital.
      Dr. Hemstead played a prominent part in early iron ore exploration on the Cuyuna range.
      Since his retirement in 1947 he had lived with a son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Werner Hemstead, 1209 W. Minnehaha parkway. Also surviving is a daughter, Rosemary, of St. Cloud.
      Services are tentatively set for Friday afternoon at the Whitney funeral home in Brainerd, under auspices of Brainerd lodge of Elks. Burial will be in Evergreen cemetery at Brainerd. (Minneapolis Star, 12 March 1952, p. 13)

Other Child: Werner Hemstead, born 26 June 1895, Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota; died 20 September 1972, Hennepin County, Minnesota. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Margaret Johnson Hemstead (1873 - 1934)*
 
 Children:
  Rosemary Hemstead (1901 - 1989)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Evergreen Cemetery
Brainerd
Crow Wing County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: Block 27, Lot 2, SWC Frac.
 
Created by: A. Nelson
Record added: Jul 23, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 73812416
Dr Werner Hemstead
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Dr Werner Hemstead
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Dr Werner Hemstead
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A privilege to read his biography which provides a fascinating glimpse into the local history and a snapshot of American railroad history as well.
- Robert Fowler
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