Biography of Dr. Peter S. Smigel
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

PETER STEPHEN SMIGEL, M. D. One of the successful physicians and surgeons of Cleveland, and one of the prominent citizens of the "Newburg District" of the city, is Dr. Peter S. Smigel, who has been in the active practice of his profession in that community for thirty years, during which time he has won a high place as a physician and citizen.

Doctor Smigel was born in Cleveland, on August 2, 1872, the son of Anthony and Catherine Smigel, who were natives of Rosen, Poland, where they were married. Coming to the United States in 1871, they settled in Cleveland, and were among the pioneers of the old Polish settlement in Newburg, now a part of the City of Cleveland. Anthony, the father, was for many years in the employ of the Standard Oil Company as a stationary engineer, and died in 1915, at the age of seventy five years; his widow survives, being now in her eighty fifth year.

Doctor Smigel was a student at the classical school of St. Joseph's Seminary at Teutopolis, Illinois, leaving that institution to return to Cleveland and enter St. Ignatius College, where he continued his academic studies for three years, and in 1888 he entered Western Reserve University Medical School. He was the first physician born of Polish parents to have been graduated from Western Reserve University. After having served for two years as house physician at Saint Alexis Hospital, Cleveland, Doctor Sigel entered the general practice of medicine and surgery at the corner of Broadway and Ledyard streets, later removing his offices to his residence at 7211 Broadway, where he has since been in the active practice of his profession, gaining prestige and prominence from year to year until he now is recognized as the leader of the profession in that section of the city. He is a member of the Cleveland Academy of Medicine and of the Ohio State and American Medical associations, and of the Cleveland Polish Physicians Association.

Doctor Smigel has also been active in the business development of the southeastern part of the city, he having been instrumental in the organization and incorporation of two of the important financial institutions which have been of great aid in the building up of that section. The Washington Building & Loan Company and the Leading Home & Investment Company, and he is a member of the Boards of Directors of both institutions. He is also a member of the Order of Elks and of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church.

On January 28, 1896, Doctor Smigel was united in marriage with Lillian Buettner, the daughter of Frank Buettner, of Cleveland, and to their marriage two children were born: Lillian, who married Leo Appleton, of Cleveland, and is the mother of a son, Robert, who was born in 1920; and Frank, who was educated at St. Ignatius College, this city, and at Valparaiso University, Indiana, receiving the Bachelor of Arts degree from the latter, and who is deceased.

Doctor Smigel is well known in professional and business circles all over Cleveland, and enjoys a wide acquaintance which accords him a place among the progressive and patriotic citizens, especially of the southeastern part of the city.

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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