Biography of Dr. Alexander S. Von Mansfelde
Saunders County, NE Biographies





Dr. Alexander S. von Mansfelde, a distinguished medical practitioner and educator now following his profession in Ashland, was born in the province of Brandenburg, Prussia, Germany, December 21, 1845, a son of Herman and Augusta (Tapp) von Mansfelde, who were also natives of the same country. The father was an extensive landowner in Germany, where he remained until 1862, when he came to the United States. He landed in America on the 12th of October and went to Chicago, where he located. A year later he removed to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he had charge of a large estate, spending his remaining days there. His death occurred in September, 1865, while his wife survived until April, 1889, when she, too, was called to her finale rest.

Dr. von Mansfelde was reared and partially educated in Germany and when seventeen years of age came to the new world with his parents, after which he entered the employ of H. B. Reed & Company, a drug company, at Fort Wayne, Indiana, with which he remained foi several years. This awakened his deep interest in the science of medicine and in order to prepare for active practice he entered Rush Medical College of Chicago, from which he was graduated in January, 1872. He had begun the practice of medicine, however, on the 21st of February, 1867, urged by his teachers in the college, for at that time there was no law controlling practice. Following his graduation he opened an office in Chicago, where he remained until 1875 and then came to Nebraska, making his way to Princeton, Lancaster county, in order to operate on a nephew. He intended to return to Chicago, but the public recognized the marked skill of the operation which he had performed and begged him to remain, so that at length he decided to do so.

In 1875 Dr. von Mansfelde removed to Lincoln, where he entered into partnership with Dr. George W. French, there practicing until April, 1878, when he became a resident of Ashland, Saunders county, and has since followed his profession in this city. He has an extensive practice here and throughout his professional career his efforts have been attended with notable success that has marked his steady progression in his chosen calling. He was secretary of The Omaha Medical College, now the medical department of The University of Nebraska, in which he was professor of general pathology and histology for several years. He was one of the founders and became the president of the Nebraska 'Railway Surgeons Association. He is a member of the Nebraska State Medical Association, of which he was the honored secretary for eleven years and is now the treasurer and president, in which office he has served for nine years. He is also the chairman of the committee on Medico Legal Defense and throughout the state he is recognized as one of the foremost representatives of the medical profession. He also belongs to the Medical Society of the Missouri Valley and was president of that organization and also of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences. He is an honorary member of the Lincoln Medical Society and is a member of the American Medical Association.

On the 2d of October, 1868, Dr. von Mansfelde was united in marriage to Miss Julia Labhart, a daughter of John Martin and Sophia (Kluge) Labhart, the former a native of Switzerland and the latter of Saxony. They emigrated to the United States in an early day. John M. Labhart was a potter by trade and conducted a pottery in Chicago until his demise, which occurred in 1866. His widow, who survived him for more than a third of a century, was called to her final rest in 1901. Dr. and Mrs. von Mansfelde became the parents of eight children, as follows: Duty (Julia), who was born July 31, 1871, has been and is on the educational staff of the Ashland high school for many years; Johanna, whose birth occurred January 19, 1874, and is a high school teacher of Omaha, where she has been engaged in the profession of teaching for sixteen years; Belle, born March 19, 1876, who has been a high school teacher of Omaha for ten years; Alice, who was born May 10, 1883, and is at home; Johanna, whose natal day was August 31, 1869, and who passed away in 1873; one who died in infancy; George, who was born November 19, 1877, and died in 1878; and Charles H., who was born July 13, 1879, and was a practicing attorney of Omaha at the time of his death in August, 1905.

Dr. von Mansfelde's present residence is a part of the old courthouse. He is very prominent politically and has been largely instrumental in securing the passage of a number of medical bills, both state and federal, which have been of great and widespread value. He belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Modern Woodmen of America and the Ancient Order of United Workmen. All these interests, however, are made subservient to the demands of his practice, which is now most extensive and of an important character. He continues his reading along professional lines and is in touch with the latest scientific theories and facts. He readily discriminates between the essential and the nonessential and his work is crowned with splendid results, making his professional activity one of remarkable value to those whom he serves.

From:
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
Vol. II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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