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Shattuck, S. F., et. al (ed.) / A history of Neenah
(1958)

Dentistry,   pp. 231-233 PDF (745.8 KB)


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DENTISTRY
IN 1841 the first Dental School was founded. Previous to that time
and up to i885 dentists were trained by other dentists, known as pre-
ceptors. In I885 the first law regulating the licensing of dentists was
enacted in Wisconsin. Men already in practice had only to register
and make an affidavit attesting that they were already practicing.
  In 1885 three men were in Neenah: Dr. J. P. Mertes had been here
two years, Dr. V. M. Valerious for eight years, and Dr. J. T. Enos
for an unknown period. We only know that Dr. Enos was number
twelve to register in the state. The following year, 1886, noted a new
man, Dr. W. E. Young. A year later we find that Dr. W. H. Meeker
was added to the dental group. Meeker was here for several years.
After his retirement to live in Appleton, he sold insurance, his wide
acquaintance in the area being of considerable advantage.
  Dr. Orrin Thompson came here in 1889 and continued till 1907,
when his office was taken over by Dr. Win. M. Post. A successor to
Dr. Post was Dr. J. M. Donovan, who took over Dr. Post's office in
191 I, Dr. Post at that time moving to the state of Oregon. Dr. W. F.
Gary was in Neenah for thirty-five years, from 1894 till 1929. Dr.
Frederick Taylor spent twenty-seven years in Neenah, 1896 till 1923,
when Dr. G. N. Ducklow took over his office. Dr. Ducklow is still here
and has a dentist son, Dr. Robert Ducklow, who has just returned to
practice here after his hitch in the U. S. Army. Dr. Albert J. DuBois
and Dr. George Barlow joined the dentists here in 1897. Both con-
tinued here till their deaths.
  Dr. Gary was an exceptionally fine mechanic. His was a mind with
a mechanical trend. In his laboratory were many devices made by him-
self. Dr. Gary was one of the founders of "Xi Psi Phi"-a dental
col-
lege fraternity. Shortly before retiring he was a guest of the fraternity
at the University of Michigan.
  Dr. George Barlow, besides doing dentistry, had diversified inter-
ests. At one time, before the advent of the modern local anesthetic,
he had the sole rights to use a patented local called Odun-under. He
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