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Dr Edward William Fiegenbaum

Dr Edward William Fiegenbaum

Boonville, Cooper County, Missouri, USA
Death 28 Jul 1927 (aged 72)
Edwardsville, Madison County, Illinois, USA
Burial Edwardsville, Madison County, Illinois, USA
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A son of the Reverend and Mrs. William Fiegenbaum, Dr. Fiegenbaum was born 1854 in Boonville, MO. After his father was assigned a pulpit in IL, he spent his youth in Highland, and then, more specifically, settled in Edwardsville, IL. For more than 40 years, he was an influential and respected citizen of the community. Among his many accomplishments centered in the medical profession was the building of the Madison County Tuberculosis Sanatorium; he also authored: CHAPTER XLIX: MEDICAL PRACTICE AND PRACTITIONERS (pp 371-411) of CENTENNIAL HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY & ITS PEOPLE: 1812 TO 1912.


Dr. E. W. Fiegenbaum Dies Early Today After Heart Attack:

End Came Suddenly after His Most Active Day in Long Time
Veteran of Profession Was Pioneer of Illinois In Campaign Against Tuberculosis; Active In Civic Affairs of Community.

Death, striking with unexpected suddenness shortly after midnight this morning, summoned Dr. Edward William Fiegenbaum, for many years one of the most prominent and influential citizens of Edwardsville. … Death was due to angina pectoris, which followed two heart attacks during the night. …

His son, David W. Fiegenbaum, was in Hillsboro, Ill., yesterday on business and remained there over night. He was notified of the death and came home on the first train this morning. …

Dr. Fiegenbaum was a native of Boonville, Mo., where he was born, December 4, 1854. He had attained the age of 72 years 7 months and 24 days. He was a son of Rev. and Mrs. William Fiegenbaum. His father was a Methodist Episcopal minister, occupying pulpits in Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, and Minnesota for more than 60 years before his death in this city in 1906. …

Dr. Fiegenbaum received his early education in the Highland public schools. Then he attended McKendree College at Lebanon for two years, after which he entered St. Louis Medical college for early training in the profession he followed for more than half a century.

Leaving the St. Louis school he entered Bellevue Hospital Medical College in New York City, at that time the outstanding medical institution of America. He was only 21 years of age at the time of graduation in June 1876 and came to Edwardsville to follow the work he had chosen for his future. …

Only a few days ago, during a casual conversion with the writer, he discussed his early work in Edwardsville, that of the first fifteen years. He had a small office on Main street where the foundation of his career was laid successfully. It was about 1890 that he purchased the large residence at Main street and College avenue. The place was recently sold to Mark-Weber & Company and he was temporarily living in the Spilman Home on Center street while making plans for a new home to be erected shortly. …

Like all other young physicians, Dr. Fiegenbaum struggled along during the first few years. Success added new patients rapidly and in former years he had a large practice. Even at the age of three score and ten, when most men are in retirement, he was active, managing an office and attending his patients and looking after many other duties. …

He was one of the foremost members of St. John's M.E. church and had been for years. Not only was he a liberal contributor to the church but his personal influence was greatly felt. He was a boy of 12 years of age when he identified himself with the Methodist Episcopal church and always found time to do his part. For years he was president of the official board. …

Dr. Fiegenbaum was a pioneer in tuberculosis work in Madison county and Illinois. It was a question in which he was greatly concerned. He believed, years ago, that the ravages of the disease could be checked and controlled.

About twenty years ago, he became interested in the sale of Christmas Seals. In the early days the annual sales amounted to only a few dollars. The money was carefully handled and spent among patients who were provided with required food and medical attention . As years passed the sales increased to such an extent that a manager was employed for two or three months each winter.

Sales finally reached an amount that justified the employment of a community nurse and an educational campaign was carried on in the county. Much was accomplished. Finally a campaign was launched to erect a county tuberculosis sanitarium where free treatment was possible. It was Dr. Fiegenbaum, banded with a few others, who laid the way for the special tax levy. …

For a number of years he was identified in banking circles of Madison county. Being a keen observer and an exceptional business man as well as a leader in his profession made him a valuable asset of anything with which he was affiliated.

Dr. Fiegenbaum was twice married. His first wife was Miss Julia Gillespie, member of an old Madison County family, whose death occurred in 1886. His second marriage to Miss Mary E. Springer, descendent of another pioneer family, was solemnized on June 11, 1890.

Besides the widow there are two surviving children, David W. Fiegenbaum of this city and Mrs. Edna McCally, wife of Dr. A. W. McCally of Dayton, O. There are six grand children. One daughter, Margaret preceded the father to the grave.

The death of Dr. Fiegenbaum is the second in his family of several children. A sister, Mrs. C.. H. Lynch was the first to pass away several years ago. The surviving sisters and brothers are F. A. Fiegenbaum, Edwardsville; Dr. Julius H. Fiegenbaum, Alton; Mrs. Chas F. Blume, St. Paul, Minn., and Mrs. C. J. Jacoby, Los Angeles, Calif.

CENTENNIAL HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY & ITS PEOPLE: 1812 TO 1912. Edited and Compiled by W. T. Norton, et al, Published originally in 1912, a Reproduction by UNIGRAPHIC, INC., Evansville, Indiana, VOLUME I AND II, 1970.
VOLUME II, pp 708-709:

EDWARD WILLIAM FIEGENBAUM, M. D., has practiced medicine in Edwardsville since 1876 and has been a resident of the city for over forty years. Successful in his profession, a public-spirited citizen and an energetic business man, he has a well-merited place among the men of influence and ability at the present period of Madison county's history.

Born at Boonville, Missouri, December 4, 1854, he became a resident of this county when his parents located at Highland in 1865, and since 1870 his home has been in Edwardsville. From the public schools he entered, in 1868, McKendree College at Lebanon, was a student there until 1870, and in 1874, he entered the St. Louis Medical College. In 1876 he was graduated from the Bellevue Hospital Medical College of New York, and in the same year began practice at Edwardsville. In a few years he attained a front rank in his profession. Though in every way one of the modern representatives of medicine and surgery, he followed the custom of older physicians in compounding his prescriptions in his own pharmacy. His office and handsome residence on Main street has been a welcome landmark to an entire generation.

For several years Dr. Fiegenbaum was county physician and at various times he has been local representative of the state board of health and the state board of charities. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the Illinois State Medical Society, the St. Louis Medical Society, and is president of the Southern Illinois Medical Society and secretary of the Madison County Medical Society. His medical library is one of the best in Edwardsville and his interest in knowledge extends to many fields. He has served on the board of education and without participation in practical politics has been identified with all measures for the advancement of the welfare of his city and county. He has been a member of the Methodist church since he was twelve years old and represented the Southern Illinois Conference as lay delegate to the General Conference at Los Angeles in 1904. In politics he is a Republican. Fraternally he belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias. He is a member of the board of directors of the Madison County Centennial Association and is enthusiastic and active in society work.

Dr. Fiegenbaum represents the third generation of a German-American family. His grandfather, Adolph Fiegenbaum, immigrated to this country and settled in Missouri. William Fiegenbaum, the father, was ten years old when the family came to this country and for sixty-one years of his life he was a prominent minister of the German Methodist church, his field of service including stations in Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota. His death occurred in 1906. He married, at St. Louis, Sophia Gusewelle, who was also a native of Germany. Their children were: Adolph F., Dr. Edward W., Dr. Julius H., Bertha A., Martha and Lydia Mary. Dr. Julius H. is a resident of Alton.

Dr. Fiegenbaum married May 15, 1881, Miss Julia Gillespie, who died in 1886. On June 11, 1890, he married Miss Mary E. Springer.

CHAPTER XLIX (same source as above)

By Dr. E. W. Fiegenbaum
Edwardsville, Ill.

Whoever writes the life-story of any people cannot claim that his work is complete unless it also includes the story of the medical men of that people, because in all history the impression made upon the community by the representatives of the medical profession has been of great and permanent value. If we take the recorded history of ancient peoples we find that the position taken by the medical man, in private and civil live, has been an exalted one.

In the olden times the care of the wounded and the treatment of the sick was delegated to the servants of the temple, and for may centuries the office of doctor and priest, was held by one and the same man, a man who from his early youth was consecrated and set apart for this work, representing at all times the highest and best type of mankind. Later on the office was separated, the priest continuing to serve at the altar, while the task of administering to the sick was delegated to men who devoted all their time to this occupation.

Even then the "medicine man" was of the same type of morality and honor as was the class from which he sprang. This was the origin of the men who represented the practice of medicine in the dark ages, and who were our immediate predecessors. They were men of the highest type in each epoch, as civilization advance, and who handed down their traditions from age to age, even to this day.

Emanating from the priesthood, the moral part of their lives became inseparable from their professional life, and to this day the doctor is regarded in his community as the exponent of al that is morel and upright, all that is meant by the higher life. When we analyze the traditions that come to us from barbarous and half civilized nations we find that the "medicine man" occupied a position of honor and veneration, not exceeded even by the chief of the tribe.


And so in writing the history of the lives and doings of the people of Madison county for the past hundred years, the story would not be complete unless it contained an account of the impress that the lives and acts of its early medical men made upon the community in which they lived and the part they took in the development and progress of events. …


Dr. Joseph Bowers was the first physician to practice his profession in Edwardsville. He came here in 1810 and built a log cabin on the Judge Joseph Gillespie home site in lowertown, to which Dr. John Todd afterward added a frame addition. …

Dr. John Todd, the second physician to come to Edwardsville was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and was a brother of Robert Todd whose two daughters became the wives of President Abraham Lincoln and Governor Ninian Edwards. Dr. Todd came to Edwardsville in 1817 and at once entered upon the active practice of medicine and tradition hands him down as a man of find skill and ability. Together with Governor Ninian Edwards and Benjamin Stephenson, he, in 1825, platted an addition which is known as "Upper Edwardsville" and Todd and Others' Addition." …

Dr. Erastus Brown, grandfather of Ansel L. Brown, editor of the EDWARSVILLE DEMOCRAT, and greatgrandfather of Mary Ground Corbett, wife of Clarence C. Corbett, D.D.S., was one of the early pioneers in medicine who made an impression upon the community that time has been unable to efface. He graduated from Yale in 1799, and began the practice of medicine in Bridgewater, New York, where he married a widow, Brittania Easton Starr. In 1815 he came west and located in St. Louis until he came to this county in the autumn of 1818 and settled in Upper Alton following his profession and also owning and operating the first drug store in that part of the county. …
Dr. Brown was a brother-in-law of Col. Rufus Easton who, in 1817, laid out the original town of Alton and who, in 1808, was the first post-master of St. Louis, Missouri, and also was a delegate to Congress from 1814 to 1818, from the Missouri Territory. The pioneer missionary, Rev. J. M. Peck, gives a very good description of Dr. Brown's home in 1819 when he says: "The snug, neat, newly-built log-house—no, we will call it a ‘cottage'—where I found the doctor, his lady and two or three little ones, in as comfortable quarters as any descent folks deserved to have in those frontier times." He speaks of the hospitality accorded him by Dr. Brown and his wife, and of the comfort and happiness that were his lot while their guest. …

Dr. Joseph Pogue was born march 20, 1835, in the city of Philadelphia, was educated in the common and high school studies by a private tutor, entered Pennsylvania Medical College, from which he graduated March 7, 1857. In the same month he located in Alton, where he began the practice of medicine in connection with Dr. Han. James. In 1858 he removed to Edwardsville, where he has been engaged in active practice ever since. In 1862, he was appointed Surgeon-in-chief of Burgess' Sharpshooters, with the rank of Major, and continued with this command throughout the war serving as a member and finally as chief of the operating board, being mustered out of service on August 15, 1865, and resumed his practice in Edwardsville. He has always been interested in medical matters and was one of the organizers of the old Madison County Medical Society, being its secretary in 1857. When the society was reorganized in 1903, he was one of the chief promoters, and did much to place it on a firm and permanent basis.
Dr. Pogue has always been the family doctor of the old type and for many years enjoyed a very large and extensive practice throughout Madison county. But it is as a surgeon of marked ability upon which rests his reputation in this community, he having been a leader in this specialty for more than half a century. He is still hale and hearty in spite of over fifth-four years of continuous hard country practice, and his many friends with him many more years of good health and activity.

This simple recital does by no means give the names of all the old heroes of the profession. There are many others who names ought to be inscribe on the roll of honor, whose lives and deeds ought to have a place in these chronicles, but time has effaced the necessary data, has removed everything except possibly their names. During the past century many men have lived, followed their profession in this county, and died, leaving no record of their ministration for future generations. This is very much to be regretted, and it is to be hoped that some future writer will be fortunate enough to secure the necessary material, so that the story of the old doctor will become more complete.


DR. E. W. FIEGENBAUM 1864-1927




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