Biography of Dr. Alex C. Calisch
Oswego County, NY Biographies





Alex C. Calisch, M. D. - Outstanding among the successful physicians and surgeons of the North Country is Doctor Calisch, of Oswego, who is a veteran of the World War. He was born at Jersey City, N. J., Jan 29, 1871, the son of Charles Henry and Sevilla (Gunst) Calisch.

Charles Henry Calisch was a native of Denmark, as was his wife. After their marriage they came to the United States in 1861 with their son and located in New York City, where Mr. Calisch became successful as a tobacco broker. He died in 1893 and his wife died in 1903. Both are buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery, New York City. Mr. Calisch was a Democrat, a member of the Jewish faith, and belonged to the Masonic Lodge. To Mr. and Mrs. Calisch were born the following children: Albert, who died in October, 1930; Harry, who died in Chicago, Ill., 1931; Marian Carlisle, deceased; Louis, who died in 1891; Julius, deceased; Serina, who died in 1931; and Alex C., the subject of this sketch.

Alex C. Calisch obtained his early schooling in the public schools of Hoboken, and attended Stevens College. He spent one year in the study of medicine under Dr. J. R. Atwell, after which he entered the New York Homeopathic Medical College, from which he received the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1891. He was located in the Albany City Homeopathic Hospital as an interne during the following six months, after which he spent one year at Wards Island Hospital, New York City. He also was located in the Five Points House of Industry Hospital for nine months, where he specialized in children's work. Doctor Calisch engaged in substitute work for a year in New York and New Jersey, after which he went to Sharon Springs, N. Y., to engage in private practice in 1893. Five years later he located in Oswego, where he has enjoyed a successful practice. In June, 1917, he enlisted for service in the World War and received the rank of captain in the U. S. Army Medical Corps. He spent three months at Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga., and from there went to San Antonio, Texas, and in January, 1918, Doctor Calisch was transferred to El Paso Base Hospital, where he remained until October, 1918, when he was sent to Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indiana as sanitary officer of West Camp. He was discharged from the service in December, 1918, and then returned to New York City, where he took graduate work in rectal diseases until March, 1919. He then resumed his former practice in Oswego. Doctor Calisch is identified with the Oswego County Medical Society, New York State Medical Society, and American Medical Association. He has been president of the Oswego County Medical Society and Oswego Academy of Medicine, and is a surgeon on the staff of the Oswego Hospital.

On Oct. 21, 1896, Doctor Calisch was united in marriage with Miss Lena Riehheimer, of Johnstown, N. Y., the daughter of Joseph and Henrietta (May) Richheimer, the former a native of Germany and the latter of New York City. Both are deceased. Doctor and Mrs. Calisch have no children.

Politically, Doctor Calisch has always been a Democrat. He holds membership in the Knights of Pythias, Elks Lodge, Oswego City Club, Oswego Country Club, American Legion, and "40 and 8" society. Doctor and Mrs. Calisch live at 75 West 5th Street, Oswego.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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