"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Walsh, M. D., Charles Chase who has been engaged in the practice of medicine in Merrill since 1890, was born at Amesville, Ohio, June 23, 1863, son of John and Martha (ELLIS) WALSH. the great-great-grandfather WALSH was born in Ireland and the mother was of Scotch ancestry, but both families settled in Pennsylvania in the very early days. The parents of Charles C. later went to Ohio, and removed from there to Missouri when he was three years old, spending the following four years on a farm in that state. The father was a shoemaker by trade, a high grade workman turning out the finest of boots and shoes, and after leaving the farm in Missouri he went to Iowa and followed his trade. Both father and mother are now deceased, the father dying at the age of 81 and the mother when 68. Charles Chase WALSH completed the public school at Raymond, Iowa, and then studied practical pharmacy, which profession he followed for ten years in St. Paul, at Tomah, Wis., and in various towns in the Dakotas. He took the examination of the Wisconsin State Board of Pharmacy at La Crosse, and was one of nine who passed this examination out of the group of 30 taking it. He next spent two years in a drug store in Marinette in order to earn money to pay his way through medical school, and, having acquired a sufficient amount, he entered the medical department of Iowa State University, from which he was graduated in 1889. He opened his practice at Marinette and spent two years there following his profession, and on Oct. 11, 1890, he came to Merrill, where he has ever since been in active practice. About 1895 he purchased the interest of Dr. MONROE in the Merrill Hospital, operating it until 1903, when he returned to private practice. He has had a highly successful career and his reputation as a skilled physician and surgeon reaches out far beyond the confines of the city of Merrill. In his practice Dr. WALSH uses a high-tension electric machine producing what amounts to the violet ray, which recent investigation has found to be so potent, and under the head of physiotherapy he introduces electro-, hydro-, and mechano-therapy. He is a member of the American Medical Association and the State and Lincoln County Medical societies, having been the first secretary of the last-named organization. Fraternally he is affliliated with the Modern Woodmen of America. Dr. WALSH was married at Marinette, Wis., March 6, 1888, to Phoebe SUITS, daughter of George N. and Clarissa A. SUITS. Mrs. WALSH'S parents were old settlers of Marinette and her father was a veretan of the Civil War, in which conflict Dr. WALSH'S uncle, Captain Willial WALSH, was shot through the head and killed at Missionary Ridge. Dr. and Mrs. WALSH have two daughters, Inez, who is now the wife of William H. ADY of Viroqua, Wis., and Edith M., who is attending the University of Wisconsin.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 729, History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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