Obit: Christofferson, Henry H. Dr. #2 (1875 - 1954)

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Surnames: Christofferson, Loos, Oates, Hales, Erickson, Laabs, Whitney, Brehm, Carlson, Christenson, Olson, Church, Miller

----Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 09/02/1954

Christofferson, Henry H. Dr. (1875 - 1 Sept. 1954)

Dr. H. H. Christofferson died suddenly Wednesday afternoon at his home in Colby, Wisconsin at the age of 79. Funeral services will be held at the Lulloff Funeral Home Saturday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock. Obituary will be published next week.

----Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 09/09/1954

Funeral services for Dr. Henry H. Christofferson, whose death was reported last week, were held at the Colby High School gymnasium, Rev. Oates, pastor of the Presbyterian church, Marshfield, officiating at the church services and S. L. Loos officiating at the Masonic rites at the school and grave. Internment was made in the Colby (Colby, Clark Co. Wis.) Cemetery. Pall bearers were Mryle Hales of Loyal, Alfred Erickson of Curtiss, Orville Laabs of Curtiss, C. R. Whitney, Gust Brehm and Oscar Carlson.

Dr. Christofferson was born March 27, 1875, at Lynn Center, Waupaca county, where he attended grade and high schools. He received his medical training at Marion Sims Beaumont College of Medicine at St. Louis, Mo., before coming to this area in 1902, when he set up an office at Loyal. In 1911 he moved to Colby, where he practiced until his retirement in 1946.

On July 26, 1899, he was married to Fredicka Christenson at Waupaca. She died April 28, 1952.

He was associated with the Colby Medical Society and the Wisconsin State Medical Society and the Wisconsin State Medical Society, of which he was president in 1950 and 1951. He had become a member of the medical examiners board of the society since 1937, having been appointed and reappointed by four Wisconsin governors.

In addition to his state society affiliations, he was a member of the American Medical Association and its committee for evaluation of foreign schools, and was also a member of the state committee on mental hygiene and institutional care.

Also prominent as a banker and business man, he was president of the Colby State Bank at Colby, the Curtiss State Bank at Curtiss and the Citizens State Bank at Loyal. He established and was president of the H. H. Motor Co. in Colby, was part owner of the Clark County Telephone Company, built the present telephone building in the city of Colby, was a stockholder and director of the Central Canning Company and served many years as director of the Colby High School Board of Education.

Since the establishment of the Clark County Hospital at Owen in 1922 he had served as physician there and led a vigorous fight in recent years to obtain better care for the aged and chronically ill.

He also sought help for medical students and in 1950 proposed a plan to raise $250,000 to help needy students through medical school and to locate in rural areas of Wisconsin.

He is known as the father of the Wisconsin Plan, a health insurance plan of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin.

Surviving are one brother, Dr. A. M. Christofferson of Waupaca, one niece, Mrs. Vernon Loos of Colby and two nephews, Dr. J. W. Olson of Durham, N.C., and Robert Christofferson of Pomona, Calif.

Out of town relatives here for the funeral were his brother and sister-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. A. M. Christofferson of Waupaca, his sister-in-law, Mrs. Sue Church of Chicago, Ill., and his cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Miller of King.

Dr. Christofferson, despite his many business ventures, was always ready to answer calls from his patients no matter how inclement the weather and will long be remembered as an obliging neighbor who always endeavored to perform every duty to God, his country, his family, his neighbor and himself.



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