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Bird Island Physicians
The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
Frank L. Puffer, M. D., practitioner and a man of affairs, now a leading citizen of Bird Island, was born in Rensselaer Falls, St. Lawrence county, New York, April 29, 1852, son of La Fayette W. and Rosamond B. (Rice) Puffer. The father, who was a New York farmer, was born in Rensselaer Falls, New York, Nov. 13, 1825, was married Dec. 24, 1846, and died there April 15, 1902. The mother was born in Rensselaer Falls, July 12, 1825, and now lives in Adams, New York. After attaining the usual preparatory education in the public schools of this neighborhood, Frank L. Puffer entered the St. Lawrence University at Canton, N. Y., leaving there in 1872. Then from 1873 to 1875 he attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. In 1876 he entered the Medical College of Columbia University, New York city, from which he graduated with the degree of M. D. March 1, 1877. His first practice was at Taylor Falls, Chisago county, this state. In 1878 he came to Renville county and located at Beaver Falls. Since 1881 he has been in practice in Bird Island. He is a skilled practitioner, and is the family physician of hundreds of families for miles around, some of whom he has attended for over thirty-five years. Dr. Puffer has taken a deep interest in many public affairs outside of his profession. Among such ventures may be mentioned the State Bank of Bird Island, which he assisted to organize as a private bank in 1899 and which was incorporated as a state bank in 1908, he being its only president up to the present time. He helped to organize the High school system, and has served on the board of education twenty years. For five years he was village recorder. Fraternally, he is associated with Bird Island Lodge No. 144, A. F. & A. M., Bird Island Chapter No. 40 Order of the Eastern Star, the Bird Island Commercial Club and the Minneapolis Athletic Club. Dr. Puffer was married April 29, 1879, to Anna L. Ellison, who was born Jan. 1, 1853, in Marine, Ill., and died April 5, 1911, in Bird Island, leaving two children, Florence E., born April 9, 1880, and Howard A., born April 7, 1884. Her parents were John Ellison, who was born in Long Island, N. Y., and died in 1890 at the age of seventy-six, and Elizabeth (Danford) Ellison, who was born in Illinois, and died in 1893 at the age of seventy-eight. Feb. 27, 1913, Dr. Puffer married Ida Julson, who was born in Winfield township, Renville county.
Robert S. Miles received a certificate from the Medical Examining Board Jan. 24, 1901, and offered it for record Nov. 25, 1901. He practiced in Bird Island two years and then moved to Excelsior, Minn., next removing to Enumclaw, Wash., where he is still practicing.
Carrol Clinton Carpenter received a certificate from the Medical Examining Board June 10, 1897. He located in Bird Island in 1898 or 99 and remained about three years, next going to Dwight, Ill., for a year or two. Then he returned to Bird Island for a short time and since then has been in various places. He is at present at Litchfield, Minn.
T. H. Murray, formerly of Bird Island, who recently died, practiced his profession at Bird Island for a number of years. He left Bird Island about nine years ago and lived in Iowa until his death.
John J. S. McCabe received a certificate from the Medical Examining Board Dec. 4, 1883, and offered it for record May 5, 1903.
Ralph C. Adams, one of the rising physicians of Renville county, was born in Utica, Pennsylvania, in 1879. He attended the common schools and the McElwain Institute until 1898. In 1902 he graduated from the Westminster College at New Wilmington, Penn., with the degree of B. S. In 1906 he graduated from the Jefferson Medical College, at Philadelphia, Penn. Then he spent six months as an interne in the Children's Hospital, in Philadelphia, and about four months as assistant to Dr. McClelland at Utica, Penn. Since April 15, 1907, he has been in active practice in Bird Island. He is well liked, public spirited, and a useful citizen.
S. Dulude practiced in Bird Island from 1912 to 1913. In 1913 he removed to Minneapolis where he is still in practice.
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