"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.


Westgate M.D., H. J. who for some 12 years or so have been engaged in the successful practice of his profession in Rhinelander, Oneida County, where he is esteemed not only as a physician but also as a man and citizen, was born on a farm in Worcester County, Mass., Feb. 22, 1875, the son of Fred E. and Eliza A. (RILEY) WESTGATE. When he was six years old his parents moved west to Wisconsin, settling on a farm in Manitowoc County, where they still reside. It was there that he received his first impressions of life and as a boy attended the country school, later continuing his studies in the graded school at Mishicot. He subsequently became a teacher and improved his education to such an extent that for nine years he taught in Manitowoc County. At the end of that period he entered the railway mail service, in which he spent another nine years, his run being from Milwaukee to Ashland. During the last three years of that period he was also attending the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Milwaukee, and in his last term as a student there, 1908-09, he resigned his position as mail clerk on the road and gave his whole time to his medical studies. After receiving his diploma he began medical practice at Ingram, Rusk County, where he remained two years, at the end of that time coming to Rhinelander, where he has practice his profession since June 3, 1911. Both as physician and surgeon he has made an excellent record and he enjoys an extensive practice. He is a member of the Oneida, Forest and Vilas Counties Medical Society, the Wisconsin State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. He is also examining physician for a number of insurance companies and fraternal societies, namely, the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., the Aetna Life Insurance Co., the Old Line Life Insurance Co. of Milwaukee, the Central Life and the National Life both of Iowa, the Predential Life Insurance Co. of American, and the local lodges of Modern Woodmen of America, Royal Neighbors, Mystic Workers, Beavers, Yeomen and Maccabees. Dr. WESTGATE has business interest aside from his profession. He is a stockholder in the Badger Talking Machine Shop of Milwaukee and in the Badger Music Shop of Fond du Lac, and is also the owner of a 200-acres farm in the town of Crescent, Oneida County, on State Highway No. 14, which he has developed from cut-over timber land and which is today one of the best farms in the county, about 70 acres of the land being under the plow. The beautiful bungalow he erected on this place could be matched on very few farms in the country. On Nov. 25, 1897, Dr. WESTGATE was united in marriage with Ida M. LEVENHAGEN, of Mishicot, Manitowoc County, Wis., a daughter of Charles and Frederica (SCHRIEVER) LEVENHAGEN. Before he graduated in medicine, and while he was attending the Wisconsin College of Physicians (now the medical department of Marquette University) he and his wife had charged of the college free dispensary. Dr. and Mrs. WESTGATE are the parents of two children: Hugh G. and Lucy E. Hugh G., who married Edna RODD, has charge of his father's farm; Lucy E. is a graduate from Lawrence College, class of 1923, where she took a course in elocution and also on the flute. During the summer of 1923 she toured nine of the Central States on the Midwest Chautauqua Circuit. Both Dr. WESTGATE'S children graduated from the Rhinelander High School. The Doctor is a Free Mason, belonging to the Lodge and Chapter, and he is also a member of several other orders or societies, including the Elks, Eagles, Beavers, Royal Neighbors, United Order of Foresters, Yeomen and the Fraternal Reserve Association of Oshkosh. He is a man who has attained an honored position in life and a fiar degree of prosperity without neglect of duty or violation of conscience but through the intelligent use and improvement of his natural powers of mind and body.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 354-355; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others; H.C. Cooper Jr. & Co, 1924

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