PHILIP GRAEFE, M. D. Prominent among the pioneer physicians of Erie County was the late Philip Graefe, M. D.,
who was for many years actively and successfully engaged in the practice of medicine at Sandusky, where now, in
1915, two of his sons, Dr. William Graefe and Dr. Charles Graefe, are successful physicians, and where his other
son, Henry Graefe, is president of the Citizens Bank. One of his grandsons, Henry Graefe, M. D., is likewise a
physician, located at Sandusky.
A native of Germany, Dr. Philip Graefe was born, in 1825, at Weisbaden, where he grew to man's estate, and was
liberally educated, as an earnest student delving deep into the sources of knowledge. As was natural to a man of
his mental calibre, he chose a professional career, fitting himself for a physician. Taking an active part in the
revolutionary movement of 1847 and 1848, he was forced to leave Germany. Choosing America as his future place of
residence, Dr. Graefe came directly to Ohio, and for a time was engaged in the practice of medicine at Sandusky,
where he first located in 1848. Being induced to go east, he spent a year or two in Orange, New Jersey, but did
not like the place well enough to settle there permanently. Returning, therefore, to Sandusky, which was then but
a small city, although an enterprising one, the Doctor resumed the practice of his profession, remaining here until
his death. His skill and promptness in meeting and combating the various ills to which mankind is subject, and
his devotion to his patients, gained him the good will of the people, and a place of note thong the more popular
and successful physicians of this section of the state.
Dr. Graefe married Dorothea Kranz, who was born in Weisbaden, Germany, a daughter of Balthazer and Elizabeth Kranz.
She survived him. Four children were born of their union, three sons, William, Henry and Charles, who are mentioned
above; and one daughter, Elizabeth, who died at the age of thirty years. The Doctor never shirked the responsibilities
of public office, but served acceptably as a member of the city council, and as a member of the Sandusky board
of health. He was one of the organizers of the Third National Bank and its vice president for a number of years,
later becoming one of the organizers of the Citizens National Bank, now the Citizens Bank, and in this institution
he served as a director for a number of years.
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
Erie County, Ohio
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