Biography of Frederick W. Deitsch
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

FREDERICK WILLIAM DEITSCH, D. C., Ph. C., a leading chiropractic physician of the South Side, has been a resident of Cleveland for twenty years.

He was born in Cincinnati, January 2, 1871, son of Col. Philip and Anna Jane (Johnston) Deitsch. Col. Philip Deitsch for many years was one of the most prominent men of Cincinnati and Southern Ohio. He was born in Germany, October 7, 1840, and came to the United States in 1858, soon joining the Regular Army of the United States. He was in the Fourth Regiment of the United States Infantry all through the Civil war, having reenlisted in 1862. He was commissioned colonel of that regiment and rendered a gallant service in preserving the Union. After the war he located at Cincinnati, was connected with the city postoffice, then in the internal revenue bureau, was journal clerk of the Hamilton County Probate Court, and in 1885 was appointed chief of police by Mayor Smith. Colonel Deitsch was for seventeen years head of the Cincinnati Police Force, continuing his service until his death on January 23, 1902. As head of the police department he brought up its efficiency to second to none in the country, and distinguished himself not only as an executive, but as a man of unusual ideas in perfecting the police department of a large city. He installed the Bertillon System of measurement at Cincinnati, a system now in universal use in police departments. He was originator of what is now the "traffic officer," then known as a "special," assigned to duty in regulating street traffic. Colonel Deitsch was president of the International Association of Police Chiefs for the United States and Canada. He was a personal friend of President Roosevelt and of other prominent public men. He was deeply interested in Masonry, and was a Knight Templar and thirty second Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner.

His wife, Anna Jane Johnston, was born in' the North of Ireland, in 1847, of Scotch Irish parentage. She died at Cincinnati, June 15, 1902, a few months after the death of her husband.

Frederick William Deitsch was reared in Cincinnati, graduated from the Hughes High School in that city in 1891, and subsequently was a student of the violin at the Cincinnati College of Music. He has given much time to music, and is a member of the American Federation of Musicians. For a time he was in the treasurer's office of the Standard Oil Company at Cincinnati, and following that engaged in railroad accounting. Doctor Deitsch came to Cleveland in 1902, and was employed as an accountant until he took up the study of chiropractic. He graduated from the Palmer School of Chiropractics at Davenport, Iowa, March 31, 1921, with the degrees of Doctor of Chiropractics and Pharmaceutical Chemist. He at once returned to Cleveland, and has since been building up a very successful practice, with offices at the corner of West Twenty fifth Street and Clark Avenue. He is a member of the Cuyahoga County, Ohio State and National Chiropractic associations. He also belongs to the Masons and Elks.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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