Obit: Pitcher, Dr. Henry Augustus (1847 - 1900)
Contact: Laurel Bragstad Schaub
Surnames: Pitcher, Cory, Patchen
----Source: Greenwood Gleaner
(Greenwood, Wis.) 3-21-1900
One of Neillsville’s oldest and most respected citizens, Dr. H. A. Pitcher, was called Friday evening to "that mysterious realm, where each shall take his chamber in the silent halls of death." He was confined to his bed first Saturday, Feb. 17. His illness is due, it is thought, to lead poison. From the time he was taken, his friends could only hope for his recovery. His condition was no more serious that all realized. Each day brought no improvement and Friday evening it became very plain that his life was near its end. He died at 7 o’clock in the evening. "With malice toward none, with charity for all," with infinite patience with unclouded vision, he hoped and toiled. He was a friend of all heroic souls. He climbed the heights, and left all superstitions below, while on the forehead fell the golden dawning of a grander day. He sided with the weak and with a willing hand gave alms; with loyal heart and with purest hand, he faithfully discharged all public trusts. He was a worshipper of liberty and a friend of the oppressed. He believed that happiness was the only good, reason the only torch, justice the only worshipper, humanity the only religion and love the priest. Dr. Henry Augustus Pitcher was born at Fond du Lac, Wis., May 22, 1847. When 9 yrs. old he went to Minn. with his parents, returning a few years later. He studied medicine with Dr. Patchen of Fond du Lac and later attended Habnemann Medical College of Chicago. He was associated with Dr. Pierce of Green Bay for some time. Here he also studied dentistry with Dr. Cory. He practiced dentistry at Ahnapee, Wis., Joliet, Ill., Marseilles, Ill., and also Sheboygan Falls. Fifteen years ago he moved with his wife and son to Neillsville, where he practiced dentistry. He was a member of I.O.O.F and G.A.R. of this city. He was alderman and a member of the county board for several terms. He invented a repeating rifle, which was not a failure yet not up to modern improvements. Humbird News. Gleaner 3-21-1900
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