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little else than strings of maxims derived from his own personal experience, and to be remembered as being of the most practical importance."

"His influence with his students was unbounded and this not alone from his ability as a lecturer, but also from his geniality and the lively interest he took in everything concerning their welfare."

He suffered from chronic bronchitis and twice was compelled temporarily to abandon practice. In December, 1874, infection occurred from an apparently unimportant abrasion. This was followed by a local erysipelatous, later a gangrenous condition, and this in turn by pain in the extremities and a tender and inflamed point on the left arm. Constitutional septic poisoning from this time developed rapidly, infiltration of pus into subcutaneous tissues taking place at many points.

In consultation in this case were those veterans in medicine, Doctors Webber, McGraw, Cleland and Jenks, and his son David. Incisions of the edematous integument, sustaining and antiseptic treatment were employed, but to no avail, and death occurred on the eighteenth day of December, 1874.

"The distress manifested by his students when the fatal issue of his sickness was known was pitiful to behold. It seemed as if death had entered the family circle of each one of them."35

Mrs. Elizabeth Rogers, wife of Thomas Rogers, was a daughter of Dr. Wilcox of Watertown, New York. She spent much of her youth in her father's office and learned compounding medicines and filling prescriptions. Her husband was a blacksmith and millwright and was hired to assist in establishing the first saw-mill in what is now Bay City. He was constable, then mail carrier and justice of the peace, and in the latter capacity officiated at the marriage of the first couple in the little settlement. At the first fruits of this marriage in 1838 Mrs. Rogers officiated and "from that time forth until 1850" she was "the ministering angel of the backwoods settlement." "At all hours of the day and night, through storm or snow, rain or shine, on foot or on horseback, she would hasten through the woods, infested with wild beasts, to the bedside of the sick or dying. There was scarcely a child born in the settlement for twenty years that she was not present, even after practicing physicians came to the growing town."

Her husband died in the epidemic of cholera in 1852.

She was the mother of seven children. Her death occurred in 1881.13

Dr. J. E. Davis (1825-1872) was a practicing physician in Macomb township in 1842 or thereabouts.22

Dr. Caleb Carpenter settled at Romeo in 1830, removed to Almont in 1835, died at St. Louis, Michigan, in 1873.22

Dr. Lewis Berlin formerly of Romeo, died July 18, 1875.22

Dr. James P. Whitney, one of the early physicians of northern Macomb, died in California in 1880.22

Dr. Cyrus Backus was born in New York State in 1812. He "took the



† This trait his son David also possessed in high degree.
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Medical History of Michigan: Volume I. Family Tree Legends Records Collection (Online Database). Pearl Street Software, 2004-2005. Medical History of Michigan, Volume I. Michigan State Medical Society, The Bruce Publishing Company, Minneapolis & St. Paul, 1903. Pioneering the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, ca. 1820-1910, Library of Congress.