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Marchetti, Louis / History of Marathon County Wisconsin and representative citizens

Chapter XXVII,   pp. 427-437

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The science of dentistry is a comparatively new one, and can hardly be
said to have existed up to the end of the first half of the last century. The
remedy for a sore tooth was extraction, which was considered to be within
the sphere of the surgeon and his assistants. In large cities on the old con-
tinent, where hospitals existed and yet exist, in charge of clerical orders,
there was always one or another of the brotherhood who extracted teeth free
of charge, the instrument used being generally the "key," so called, an instru-
ment of torture, as all older people will remember on whom it was used. It
has gone out of use entirely. Of course there were no dentists here for many
years, the settlement antedating the science of dentistry.
A dentist, a Mr. Hoffmann, practicing in Stevens Point, came up here
usually three or four times a year, taking a room or rooms in the Forest
House for a week at a time to cure dental disorders. When he ceased to
make regular trips to Wausau, a dentist from Portage City took up his prac-
tice, until J. C. Bennett established himself at Wausau in the year 1878.
Having acquired a good practice, he gave himself up to drink, and when
in 1880 E. L. Hogle from Stevens Point came to open dental offices, Bennett
walked in Hogle's office one day and fired a shot at him from a shotgun,
which killed Hogle instantly. On the first trial held in Wausau, Bennett
was convicted of murder in the first degree, but the verdict was set aside
by the supreme court, and on a second trial in La Crosse Bennett was acquitted.
The defense in both trials was insanity, delirium tremens. After his acquittal
Bennett moved to Pennsylvania and died lately.
Soon after this occurrence Dr. Edward E. Lawrence appeared, soon fol-
lowed by Doctor Conlin, and Lawrence removed after a practice of three
years, leaving Doctor Conlin here as the oldest practicing dentist, and next
in point of practice here is Doctor Douglas. The profession is now worthily
represented by the following:
Anderson, Gilbert C.; office, 22o Third street.
Chubbuck, Charles W.; office, 517 Third street.
Conlin, Bernh. H.; office, 508 Third street.
Joslin, Frank; office, Livingston Block, No. 2.
Kolter, Jaoob H.; office, 52o Third street.
Lawrence, William T.; office, 517 Third street.
Lemke, August H.; office, 312 First avenue South.

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