Frederick Baker Merrill, 18861946 (aged 59 years)

Name
Frederick Baker /Merrill/
Given names
Frederick Baker
Surname
Merrill
Birth
Death of a paternal grandfather
Census
1900 (aged 13 years)
Note: Burton J Merrill

Burton J Merrill
Father's Birthplace: IA
Mother's name: Comelia A
Merrill Mother's Birthplace: New York Marital Status: Single
Household Members:
Name and Age------
Burton J Merrill 44
Comelia A Merrill 42
Lillian C Merrill 16
Fred B Merrill 14
Tyler W Merrill 10
Harriet Sanutag 20
Emma Sanutag 2

Death of a paternal grandmother
Marriage
Death of a father
Death of a mother
1929 (aged 42 years)
Census
Address: 720 N. 5th Street
Note: The value of the home was $10,000

The value of the home was $10,000
Fred was listed as the owner of an insurance agency
Fred's parents were from (mother) NY and (father) Iowa

Residence
Address: North 5th Street corner of Hickory
Occupation
Agent for the Importers and Exporters Insurance Co New York
1932 (aged 45 years)
Birth of a daughter
Mayor
Politics
between 1934 and 1938 (aged 51 years)
Burial of a father
Note: Health is something we are all concerned about, but a doctor with a calm voice and soothing words can make the visits somewhat more bearable.

Health is something we are all concerned about, but a doctor with a calm voice and soothing words can make the visits somewhat more bearable.

So it was 100 years ago, and one of the old-time doctors then was Dr. Merrill.

Dr. Burton Jay Merrill was born in 1856 in Palmyra, Iowa. He graduated from Grinnell College with a B.S. degree in 1875 and an M.A. in 1880. In 1881 at Bellevue Hospital in New York he received his M.D., then moved to Hudson, Wis. where he opened his first office.

The following year he moved to Stillwater, partnering with Dr. Millard. He became one of the organizing members of the Washington County Medical Society, with the first meeting held May 31, 1882. He was married to Cornelia A. Merrill in 1882 and the couple had three children — sons Fred and Tyler and one daughter who married Beltram Sauntry.

There were no serious epidemics or diseases in Stillwater, partly attributed to Merrill and the activities of the board of health. In 1885, the first of a series of thorough sanitary inspections took place in Stillwater. Merrill wrote that they were house-to-house inspections that took place as “the weather permitted, and continued two months. The citizens in general were helpful, though others were arrested and brought before the municipal court. Thousands of loads of garbage and contents of privy vaults were taken from every part of the city to the dumping grounds. The city never underwent such a general cleaning before. The death rate has come down in a remarkable manner and the health of our community is second to no other city or section in the entire country.”

In July 1893 a severe tornado hit Stillwater and the entire area around it. Merrill got a firsthand look at the cyclone as he was coming back from the Lakeland area. He jumped from his carriage and took “seclusion under a friendly rock by the roadside” before seeing the storm disappear over the Wisconsin bluffs.

Merrill was professor of therapeutics and materia medica (now termed pharmacology) at St. Paul Medical College for two years. He served as Washington County physician and coroner and was also Stillwater’s health commissioner. For a number of years he was also physician and surgeon for the Minnesota State Prison. It was Merrill who helped the dying Bob Younger at the prison as Younger succumbed to consumption (tuberculosis) in 1889.

During his lifetime Merrill was affiliated with a number of medical societies and was member of a number of local organizations including the B.P.O. Elks, Sons of the American Revolution and the Knights of Pythias.

Owing to a general breakdown of his health, Merrill gave up his medical practice in 1920. He left Stillwater for a summer camp near Grantsburg, Wis. around June 20, 1920, hoping to recover his health among the pines of that area. He returned to Stillwater July 15, chatting in a cheerful manner with those with him and upon arrival was greatly pleased to be with loved ones once again.

During the night he was “attacked with a sinking spell” and just before 7:30 a.m. July 16, died of a cerebral hemorrhage.

Merrill was called Stillwater’s “famous family physician” and a “distinguished gentleman, and a friend to everyone he knew.

Burial of a mother
Adoption of a daughter
Adoption: Adopted by both parents
Note: Henry John Leferink b: 1877 Hengelo, Netherlands D: 1937 +Mathilda M. Koch b: Jul 15, 1884 Davenport Iowa, d: Jan 8, 1918

Henry John Leferink b: 1877 Hengelo, Netherlands D: 1937 +Mathilda M. Koch b: Jul 15, 1884 Davenport Iowa, d: Jan 8, 1918
Rochester Census 1930 lists Henry Leferink as an inmate.
Children:

(1) Marcella M Leferink b: 3 Mar 1916 Cresco Iowa, d: 1973 Rochester breast cancer.
m: Raymond Norwich (1st husband) b: Jul 31 1918, d: Sep 1967

She worked at Model laundry in Rochester for many years. Lived on center street. Died of breast cancer. Children: Delores Joan (Sally) Sally born in Sep 1933 put up for adoption Born May 1934, adoption finalized Mar 1935

(2) Harry Benard b: Nov 23,1904 d: Jan 1981 Rochester, Minnesota
+Marie Henkes B: 1905, m: 23 Jan 1930

(3) Edward H b: Dec 29, 1906 Cleona Iowa, wife lives at Iowa 22 Broadway N Rochester MN 55906 (507) 282-6181 Wife of Ed (Loiskow), 85, said that Marcella had no children, married two times, second just before she died, married in Cresco, Iowa

(4) Arnold J (Red) b: Aug 5, 1913 d: 29 APR 1995 in Henderson, Clark, NV Leferink Gary 4901 36 Av NW Rochester MN 55901 (507) 282-4068

(5) Eleanor M, b: +Gilbert Frank Wilson b: 11 JUN 1904 in New Oregon Twp., Howard Co,, Iowa,

Death
Cause of death: Cerebral Hemorrhage
Burial
Family with parents
father
Burton J Merrill in his office
18561920
Birth: 1856 39 33 Palmyra Warren Co, Iowa, USA
Death: 1920Stillwater, Washington Co, Minnesota, USA
mother
Religious marriage Religious marriage
himself
Frederick Baker Merrill
18861946
Birth: May 26, 1886 30 30 Stillwater, Washington Co, Minnesota, USA
Death: March 6, 1946Stillwater, Washington Co, Minnesota, USA
brother
elder sister
Lilian Sauntry
18831972
Birth: October 4, 1883 27 27 Stillwater, Washington Co, Minnesota, USA
Death: October 15, 1972Minneapolis, Hennepin Co, Minnesota, USA
Family with Florence Katherine Peters
himself
Frederick Baker Merrill
18861946
Birth: May 26, 1886 30 30 Stillwater, Washington Co, Minnesota, USA
Death: March 6, 1946Stillwater, Washington Co, Minnesota, USA
wife
Florence Katherine Peters
18951983
Birth: May 17, 1895 27 27 Beaver Dam, Dodge Co, Wisconsin, USA
Death: August 9, 1983Detroit, Wayne Co, Michigan, USA
Marriage Marriage1917Stillwater, Washington Co, Minnesota, USA
17 years
daughter
Sally Merrill
19332019
Birth: September 23, 1933 47 38 Stillwater, Washington Co, Minnesota, USA
Death: August 16, 2019Linden, Genesee Co, Michigan, USA
Burial
Census

Burton J Merrill
Father's Birthplace: IA
Mother's name: Comelia A
Merrill Mother's Birthplace: New York Marital Status: Single
Household Members:
Name and Age------
Burton J Merrill 44
Comelia A Merrill 42
Lillian C Merrill 16
Fred B Merrill 14
Tyler W Merrill 10
Harriet Sanutag 20
Emma Sanutag 2

Census

The value of the home was $10,000
Fred was listed as the owner of an insurance agency
Fred's parents were from (mother) NY and (father) Iowa