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The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
Herman B. Cole, M. D., a well-known physician of Franklin, was born at Buffalo, New York, Sept. 6, 1872. His father, Nelson W. Cole, is a retired farmer and at the age of seventy-seven is living with his son Herman. His mother, Josephine (Blackmar) Cole died in 1897 at the age of fifty-four. Dr. Cole attended school at Hamburg, N. Y., and graduated from the High school there in 1890. Having decided to study medicine he entered the University of Buffalo, and graduated from the Medical Department in 1896. In 1910 and 1912 he attended the Post Graduate Medical School at New York City. He was interne in the Erie County Alms House Hospital at Buffalo for one and one-half years and another year and a half was spent at Hamburg, New York. Feb 1, 1898, he located at Franklin, where he still resides. Dr. Cole is greatly interested in affairs pertaining to his work and is a member of several medical societies, belonging to the Camp Release District Medical Society, the Minnesota State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. He is a specialist in diseases of the eye. He has been recognized as an efficient worker in village affairs, has been mayor for two years and is at present a member of the village council. He is also the health officer for the village of Franklin and for Palmyra township. He has taken a part in the educational advancement of the village and is president of the school board. Dec. 8, 1896, Dr. Cole united in marriage to Ella M. McCue of Buffalo, New York. Her father, James McCue, is a well-known real estate man and horseman. Her mother was Margaret (Cleary) McCue. Dr. and Mrs. Cole have been blessed with five children: Josephine Virginia, born Sept. 15, 1900; Donald Francis, born Jan. 9, 1902, and died Jan. 20, 1906; Burgess Luke, born June 8, 1904; John Gordon, born August 28, 1907; and Margaret Audrey, born July 6, 1914.
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