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George 0. Switzer, M. D.—In no profession have the mark of progress and the discoveries of science effected greater changes of method and practical application than in that of medicine, and he who would be fully in accord with the spirit of the age must be a close student, possessed of a keen and discriminating mind, capable of determining what is best in the new theories and truths constantly advanced and of then applying them to the needs of the profession whose noble object is the alleviation of human suffering. In this regard Dr. Switzer is by no means lacking, and his knowledge, skill and ability have gained him high prestige among the citizens and practitioners of Ludington and Mason county. He was born in Erie county, Pennsylvania, March 8, 1854, and is the son of George H. and Mary Jane (Waldorff) Switzer, both natives of Allegany county, New York. The father, who was a millwright and lumberman, came to Barry county, Michigan, in 1860, when the subject was a young lad. In 1871 he located in Lake county, Michigan, where he built a large sawmill for the Forman Brothers, and there was passed the rest of his active life, his demise occurring in the year 1879. He was then in the prime of life and was engaged in lumbering for the Danaher & Melendy Lumber Company when summoned to the other world. The mother survives, her years being seventy-seven and she makes her home in Pentwater, Oceana county. To this worthy couple five children were born, three of whom grew to maturity. Dr. Switzer was the third child in order of birth and is the only one living at the present time.

Dr. Switzer's residence in Michigan dates from the age of six years, for he was of such tender years when his father came to Barry county. It was within the borders of that county that he was reared and attended the public schools, his high school course being pursued at Hastings. It was Dr. Switzer's lot to know the various trials and recompenses of the school master, for he served in that capacity for some years, and as a conscientious and enlightened young pedagogue gave general satisfaction in the communities which benefited by his teaching. He taught his first school at Hope, in Barry county, and his last one at Baldwin in Lake county, the latter including the term of 1875 and '76. Meantime he had arrived at a decision to become a physician and to this end he began the study of medicine, receiving a well-earned degree at the Bennett Medical College in Chicago, in the year 1881. His practice was inaugurated at Ludington, where for one year he ministered to the woes of suffering and afflicted humanity in that section. He then transferred the scene of his activities to Pentwater and in that place was in practice for a period of eighteen years or until 1900. In the meantime he had not been content with letting well enough alone and he had taken a thorough post-graduate course in the medical department of the Chicago College of Physicians and Surgeons, graduating therefrom in 1897. In 1902 he returned to Ludington, the scene of his maiden endeavors as a practitioner, and has been in successful practice here ever since that time. He believes in the expediency of preserving the unity of the profession and holds membership in the State and American Medical Associations.

Dr. Switzer joined the ranks of the Benedicts on the 25th day of August, 1876, by his marriage with Adaline Marthland, a daughter of Rev. M. Marthland. One daughter is the issue of this marriage, Alice M., a nurse in the Cook County Hospital in Chicago. He was married a second time, on the 18th of April, 1900, Miss Anna B. Jansen of Chicago, a daughter of Lars Jansen, becoming his wife. He has two children by this marriage, namely: Lars Waldorff and Lois Olga.

Dr. Switzer is a life-long Republican and has efficiently held several offices, such as coroner and pension examiner. Were it not that he was esteemed one of the leading physicians of Northern Michigan he would still be well-known for his lodge relations alone, his membership extending to the ancient and august Masonic order, in which he has the Knights Templar degree, and also to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias.

A history of northern Michigan and its people, Volume 2 By Perry Francis Powers, Harry Gardner Cutler


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