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Cartwright, Carol Lohry; Shaffer, Scott; Waller, Randal / City on the Rock River : chapters in Janesville's history

14. Notable people,   pp. 249-261

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Buchholz, Herman
In the era before Janesville became an important manufacturer of automobiles, Herman
Buchholz was the leading manufacturer of carriages in the city, a business that helped build an
industrial base for nineteenth-century Janesville. A German native who came to Janesville in
1856, Buchholz began working for carriage maker Robert Hodge and in 1860 he became a
partner in the firm. When Hodge died in 1882, Buchholz became the sole owner. In 1887,
Clarence W. Jackman provided capital that allowed the company to expand. By 1888, the
company employed about 30 hands making a wide variety of carriages and carts. It was typical
of the medium-sized shops common during the period that served the entire Rock County area.
(Portrait and Biographical Album 1889:795-796)
Cassoday, John B.
One of Janesville's noted attorneys and judges, John B. Cassoday was raised in New York and
Pennsylvania. He attended the Albany, New York, Law School and practiced for a brief time
in Pennsylvania. Cassoday came to Janesville in 1857 and practiced law with a number of
Janesville attorneys, including John R. Bennett. In 1880, Cassoday was appointed to the
Wisconsin Supreme Court, then elected to two additional terms. He also served as a member of
the State Assembly and was active in Republican party politics. (Butterfield 1879:699-700)
George W. Chittenden M.D., in an engraved portrait published in 1879.
Chittenden, Dr. George W.
A native of New York, George W. Chittenden arrived in Janesville in 1846 and became one of
the city's leading physicians. Chittenden was a proponent of homeopathic medicine, a popular
medical practice in the nineteenth century, and he lectured extensively on its merits. At the
time, scientific medical practice was in its infancy, and the only effective medical treatments
were practiced by surgeons. Dr. Chittenden's homeopathic approach was an accepted
alternative for diseases that surgery could not cure, and he built a large and successful practice.
(Butterfield 1879:701-702)
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