Dr James Leeworthy Camp

Dr James Leeworthy Camp

Dixon, Lee County, Illinois, USA
Death 22 Nov 1914 (aged 58)
Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Block 11, Lot 74, Center
Memorial ID 73749803 · View Source
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Arrived in Brainerd in 1883.

Nephew of Elizabeth Leeworthy Camp Hazen.

Maud Sleeper Hazen.
•See Dr. David P. Bigger.
•See C. Zimmerman.
•See James Chiddick.
•See James Meagher.
•See Fred S. Parker.
•See Charlotte Grandelmeyer.
•See Tillie Potvin Frost.
•See Emma E. Forsythe.
•See Lee Chung.
•See Hattie May Emerson Parker.
•See Josiah M. Hallett.
•See Margaret Johnson Hemstead.
•See Peter Kiely.
•See Nicholi C. Johnson.
•See Jacob Kosky.
•See John E. Pryde.
•See William A. Fleming.
•See Adam Bellmuth.
•See Henry Spalding.
•See Agnes Ann Gillis.
•See Dr. George S. McPherson.
•See Leon J. Rofidal.
•See Albert A. Hagadorn.
•See Charles Ahrens.
•See Francis Joseph Sykora.
•See George W. Holland.
•See Dr. Werner Hemstead.

      A very serious accident was averted by the presence of mind of Dr. J. L. Camp on Tuesday last. In company with Mrs. Ed. Hazen and Mrs. McCane [sic] he was enjoying a boat ride on Long Lake, and during the course of the ride one of the ladies caught quite a large fish. In attempting to land it in the boat she lost her balance and the entire party were precipitated into the lake. Dr. Camp managed to keep the ladies afloat until assistance arrived, although they were a mile from shore and barring a bad ducking and worse scare the party were placed in safety on land. (Brainerd Dispatch, 13 September 1889, p. 4, c. 3)

      Dr. J. L. Camp has just purchased from the Larchwood stables at Sterling, Illinois, at a cost of $2,000, the celebrated trotting stallion Zuni, whose register number is 12754. He is a brother in blood to Soudan who has a record of 2:19 1/4 and Brown with a record of 2:18. He will be a valuable acquisition to the better grade of horseflesh in this section of the country, and will have a beneficial effect in raising the standard of road animals in this city. Horsemen should see that the doctor's efforts to improve our stock of road animals will result in a good profit to him. (Brainerd Dispatch, 221 April 1893, p. 4, c. 4)

                  Brainerd Whist Club.

      On invitation of H. I. Cohen, C. M. Patek, Drs. Camp and Courtney, and F. A. Farrar, a meeting of lovers of whist was held at the Business College rooms on Monday evening and the Brainerd Whist Club was organized with a membership of about 20 gentlemen. Dr. Camp was chairman of the meeting and C. M. Patek was elected president and F. A. Farrar secretary of the club. A committee composed of F. A. Farrar, C. M. Patek and H. W. Isham was chosen to formulate rules and regulations for the organization. The club will meet twice a week in the Business College rooms. (Brainerd Dispatch, 22 March 1901, p. 1, c. 3)

                   Dr. Camp Chosen.

      Dr. J. L. Camp, of this city, has been appointed by Gov. Van Sant on the commission to investigate and select a site for a state sanitarium for consumptives. The other members of the commission are Dr. H. L. Taylor, of St. Paul, and Dr. George S. Wattam, of Warren. (Brainerd Dispatch, 10 May 1901, p. 4, c. 3)

      Dr. J. L. Camp has purchased the home of Joseph Slipp at 21, Bluff Avenue. The consideration was about $3,000. (Brainerd Dispatch, 26 July 1901, p. 8, c. 1)


         The Dispatch List of Eligibles in
           Matrimonial Line will Prove a
                  Very Valuable Guide.

      DR. JAMES LEEWORTHY CAMP, with an extra heavy accent on the "worthy," without any exaggeration girls, is the limit when it comes to looking over the long category of eligibles and human imagination can hardly contemplate a more popular, effervescent, jovial, talented and good-looking man, with the form of a Grecian and the face of a Roman Adonis, escaping the net designed to capture the largest and best fish in the great matrimonial sea. The doctor is in the very prime and vigor of life, having passed through that period when the gray matter of a man's brain is tumultuous with the waves of love, but dear girls don't imagine for a minute that he is not capable of loving or being loved, for in fact he is almost irresistible. We cannot imagine a happier life than one spent with the genial doctor. He is a lover of books, being one of the best read men in the state, has a fondness for home, is an owner of broad acres, loves to bask in the sunlight at a summer resort, delights in a good story, is fond of society and is among the most gallant and genteel, loves sports of all kinds, one of his chief diversions being that of sitting behind a foaming steed and taking a spin, and besides all this, is one of the very best physicians and surgeon in the state. Girls, there is nothing like it. It is thought that there have been moments when Dr. Camp thought seriously of the matter, but he is very reserved on these matters and, of course, you know the old story, girls, about "still waters running deep," etc. There is one thing sure, you cannot use any decoys, for he is somewhat of an adept himself in the art, and you will be foiled. It is a hard thing not to attempt some decoy, however, for his smiles, Oh, such dreams, are just too captivating for anything. But be brave, fair ones, and swim right in just as though you meant business, practice up on "Love's Sweet Old Song" and rush him to the ropes, and in one of his unguarded moments smite him with the fiery dart. He would make the catch of the season, don't let up on this one, girls. (Brainerd Daily Dispatch, 11 January 1904, p. 3, c. 4)

          DR. J. L. CAMP IS SUMMONED

      Well Known Physician and Surgeon
              Died of Heart Failure in the
             Early Sunday Morning Hours


            Member of Advisory Board of                    Sanatorium at Walker
           —Planning Hospital for County

      In the early morning hours of Sunday, Dr. James L. Camp, one of the most prominent physicians and surgeons of the Northwest, was called to the great beyond. Heart failure claimed him as he lay in his bed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Peabody, 214 North Seventh street, where he had roomed for years.
      Mr. Peabody said he found the body at 12:30 Sunday afternoon. He believed the doctor had died some time in the night. He was at his door at 9 in the morning to ask if he wanted breakfast, but there had been no answer to his question, and believing he wanted to rest longer, Mr. Peabody did not disturb him. The doctor retired at about 10:10 Saturday evening. Shortly after, something appeared to worry Dr. Camp and he knocked at Mr. Peabody's door and the latter then went to his room and together they talked about various things from 10 to 11 in the evening.
      Dr. Camp had not complained of being sick. He had been up and around Friday and Saturday. On Saturday evening he had eaten a particularly hearty supper at the Peabody home.
      He had made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Peabody the past five years and at intervals before that had roomed and boarded there. He anticipated no illness or trouble, for but a few days ago Mr. and Mrs. Peabody invited him to spend Thanksgiving with them, and the doctor said he had a fine turkey at his farm which would make a good dinner for them.
      Dr. Camp was born December 8, 1855 in Dixon, Illinois. His father died at about the same age, 59, and also passed away near Thanksgiving, being seated in church. Surviving the doctor are his sister, Mrs. Irma Camp Hartley, county superintendent of schools, and a brother, Fred Camp, of Durango, Col.
      The ancestors of Dr. Camp were among the early settlers of Massachusetts and New York. He was educated at the Dixon public schools, Knox Academy, Galesburg, Ill., Cornell University, New York, and Rush Medical College, Chicago, Ill.
      He began practice at Dixon, Ill. Later he was Indian physician at Standing Rock agency in the years 1882 and 1883.
      He came to Brainerd in the spring of 1883 and for a time practiced alone and, later at various times was associated with Dr. Parson and Dr. McPherson. Then a firm, Camp & Thabes was formed, which later became Camp, Thabes & Berg.
      In the early days of Brainerd Dr. Camp conducted the Lumberman's hospital which later became St. Joseph's hospital. He established a great reputation as a surgeon, one of the best in the Northwest. Occasionally people would go to St. Paul and Rochester for operations, and invariably surgeons there would ask the patient if he had seen Dr. Camp. If Dr. Camp had expressed an adverse opinion regarding operating, surgeons from other sections of the country usually considered such diagnosis as final. Dr. Camp was of the school of surgeons who never advised operating unless it was absolutely necessary.
      He was instrumental in bringing the state sanatorium to Walker and was a member of the advisory board of that institution. Lately he had been working on plans for a county sanatorium, such as the county commissioners recently took action on, appropriating $7,000 this summer.
      In fraternal and public matters the doctor took a prominent part. He was a member of the Zela Psi Fraternity, Elks, A. O. U. W., and the Brainerd Chamber of Commerce. He was particularly aggressive in working for better railway facilities for Brainerd and the district.
      Deeply interested in farming, he had a fine place of 1,700 acres known as the Mission farm and on its broad acres a prize winning herd of Holsteins roamed. For years he supplied the sanatorium with milk. The farm was also drilled for iron and good prospects are reported to have been found.
      He was one of the best doctors, a friend to the poor. Many times he never made entry of a call, aware that the family was sorely pressed for funds. "If you can pay me a little, why do it," he used to say. "If you can't pay, then we shall make no mention of it."
      No funeral announcement will be made until the brother, Fred Camp of Durango, Col., can be communicated with. The body will remain at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Peabody, 214 North Seventh street, where friends may view the remains.
      It is announced that the funeral services will be conducted by Rev. G. P. Sheridan, assisted by Rev. W. J. Lowrie. (Brainerd Dispatch, Friday, 27 November 1914; p. 1)

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