|Birth: ||Mar. 25, 1876|
Des Moines County
|Death: ||Jun. 21, 1943|
Dr George Elliott Bolsinger was the oldest of five born to Edward Elliott Bolsinger and Frances L. Armstrong in Burlington, Iowa. His two youngest siblings Myrtle and Ivie died very young.
Dr. Bolsinger earned his DDS degree from the Chicago College of Dental Surgery with Advanced Standing in Anatomy on May 26, 1906.
He married Laura McLane and had two children; William Elliott and Louise Frances. They moved to Washington State where Laura did not want to remain so they were divorced. Dr. Bolsinger opened the first dental office in South Tacoma in 1906. In an upstairs location, 5421 1/2 Union Ave., later renamed South Tacoma Way, was in the main block of a then active community. He later moved the office to a small white building, which he built, facing 56th St. on the east side of Union Ave. where today a post office and shoe store are located. He practiced there until a few years before his death.
He married Martha E. Cantrell on 13 Jun 1913 in Everett, WA. They had two children; Melvin born Aug. 24, 1917 and Dorothy, born April 20, 1920. The family moved to Manitou shortly after the birth of Melvin and lived at 4209 South 66 St. until 1940 when they moved to 6415 South Mason St. where they lived until both of them died.
A severe windstorm destroyed their home on 66th St in 1936. They had been remodeling and the roof braces were inadequate. Dr. Bolsinger salvaged enough lumber to build two houses, a four bedroom home on Madison St. which still stands. The location of the original home bordered the old traction line to Pt. Defiance which is Tyler St today. Today a fast food mart and some 15 homes face Mt. Tahoma High School where a park like setting surrounded the original Bolsinger home.
Mrs. Bolsinger was active in the Manitou Park Community Church until 1936. Dr. Bolsinger while not active in church activities did however, install the septic system in the new church built in 1927. The Bolsingers had a cabin on Steilicoom Lake where they spent the summers. This was the site for frequent summer picnics with the relatives and friends besides the regular Sunday dinners at their Manitou home..
Dr. Bolsinger was raised in a faimly that appreciated music. He had a wonderful tenor voice and loved to sing "the White City." His sister, Marcella, said that he had sung for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He loved animals and rescued many stranded animals who needed homes. He had Jersey cows and loved to spend time with them in the barn looking after their needs. He read the Bible every night. He forbade alcoholic spirits in their home, although Mattie allowed a brother-in-law to sneak some in for cooking purposes on special dinners.
He "carried" or "forgot" moneys owed for his dental practice to many clients during the depression and earned himself the title of not being a good businessman by some. He took into his home both his father and his father-in-law during their last years. When his wife, Martha, suffered a stroke he and his children took turns caring for her. He was a loving caring husband and father who worked hard to provide for his family. He is buried next to his wife, his father-in-law, his daughter and son-in-law and a brother-in-law in Mt. View Memorial Park in Tacoma, Washington. Their graves can be found on the links below.
Edward Elliott Bolsinger (1846 - 1931)
Frances Louise Armstrong Bolsinger (1856 - 1917)
Martha Elizabeth Cantrell Bolsinger (1884 - 1942)
Laura McLane Bolsinger (1873 - 1952)*
Melvin Bolsinger (1917 - 1955)*
Dorothy Bolsinger McPhillips (1920 - 1999)*
George Elliott Bolsinger (1876 - 1943)
Myrtle Bolsinger (1883 - 1883)*
Mountain View Memorial Park
Lakewood (Pierce County)
GPS (lat/lon): 47.17799, 122.49
Created by: Dona McPhillips
Record added: May 26, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37542885