Biography of Dr. Charles Graefe
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CHARLES GRAEFE, M. D. A distinguished physician and surgeon of Sandusky, Ohio, Charles Graefe, M. D., has not only gained marked prestige in his profession, but is widely known as a progressive and public spirited citizen, and a man of ability and integrity. He has invented several devices that are quite generally used in surgery. and has been quite an extensive writer, contributing articles of much interest to various magazines and periodicals. A native of Sandusky, he was born January 10, 1859, being a son of Dr. Philip and Dorothea (Kranz) Graefe, of whom a brief sketch may be found elsewhere in this work.

Springing from a family noted for its mental attainments, many of its members having won distinction in literary and professional circles, and being the son of an able physician and surgeon, Charles Graefe commenced life under very favorable circumstances. Obtaining his rudimentary education in the Sandusky schools, he continued his studies at Oberlin College. In the meantime he took up the study of medicine with his father, and later entered the medical department of the University of Wooster, where he was graduated with high honors in 1880. He subsequently received a diploma from the Western Reserve College. in Cleveland, after which, in order to further advance his professional knowledge, Dr. Graefe spent three years in Europe, taking a practical course of training in the hospitals at Heidelberg, Leipsic, and Vienna. Returning then to Sandusky, his mind broadened and intellect quickened; not only by extensive travel and intelligent study, but thrdugh contact with men of superior ability and talent, he at once entered upon a practice which he has since successfully continued, being now one of the leading physicians and surgeons of this section of the state.

Since casting his first presidential vote, in 1884, for Grover Cleveland, the Doctor has been prominently identified with the democratic party, in 1902 being his partys candidate for state senator. For twelve years he was president of the Sandusky Board of Education. At the time of his election to that important office there was a school indebtedness of $100,000, and during his term of service not only was the entire indebtedness paid, but three fine schoolhouses were erected and equipped.

Dr. Giraffe is a member of the Erie County Medical Society; of the Ohio State Medical Society; of the American Medical Association: of the North West Ohio Medical Association, which he served as president in 1896; and is Fellow of the American College of Surgery.

In 1891 Dr. Graefe married Catherine Dorn, a daughter of John Philip and Margaret (Kern) Dorn. Three children have blessed the union of Doctor and Mrs. Grade, namely: Carl F., Catherine and Elza. Mrs. Graefe is a very accomplished vocalist and graduated in Cincinnati from the Conservatory of Music and studied for two years in Berlin. She takes part in most of the musical events in her home city. She is a member of the library board and a member of the advisory board of the Good Samaritan Hospital.

From:
A Standard History of Erie County, Ohio
By: Hewson L. Peeke
Assisted by a Board of Advisory Editors
The Lewis Publishing Company Chicago and New York 1916


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