Biography of Gertrude Crandell (W/O Frank)
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Gertrude Crandell, D. O., is prominent throughout North Central Ohio as the owner of Hill Sanitarium in Wooster. She was born at Pittsburgh, Pa., of New England descent, the daughter of Charles R. and Julia Ann (Dunbar) Coffin.

Charles R. Coffin was born at Roxbury, Maine, in 1847. He is a graduate of Colby College, Maine, having completed a course there at the age of 20 years. He then became a professor at a girl's private school at Arlington, Mass., and in 1871 removed to Pittsburgh, Pa., where he was identified with the preparatory department of Western University, now the University of Pittsburgh, as a professor of Greek, Latin and Geometry. He was awarded the degree of Master of Arts from Colby College in 1872, and five years later wrote the Pennsylvania supplement to Colton's Geography, which was widely used throughout Pennsylvania. Mr. Coffin is a member of Phi Beta Kappa honorary fraternity. He is a member of the Baptist Church. Mr. and Mrs. Coffin celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, April 5, 1930. The genealogy of Julia Ann Dunbar may be traced to the 16th century and she is a direct descendant of Richard Warren, of Mayflower fame, and also from the Earl of Dunbar. Mr. Coffin traces his ancestry to Thomas Mayhew, governor and patentee of Martha's Vineyard, near Nantucket, Mass.

Gertrude Coffin was educated in Pittsburgh and took a course in osteopathy in Still College of Osteopathy, at Des Moines, Ta., from which she received the degree of Doctor of Osteopathy. She engaged in the practice of her profession in Pocahontas, Ia., until 1915, at which time she came to Wooster. In 1928 she purchased the Oscar A. Hill homestead, which has since been successfully conducted by her as a private sanitarium. The building was remodeled and refurnished in 1928. Doctor Crandell makes a specialty of mineral baths, electric light baths, colonic irrigation, violet ray and sunlight treaments. Graduate nurses are in attendance day and night. Maternity cases are also cared for at the Hill Sanitarium. Patients are also privileged to attend lectures at Wooster College, which is in close proximity to the hospital.

Gertrude Coffin was married Sept. 11, 1899, to Frank Foster Crandall, a graduate of Homeopathic Medical College of Cleveland. He was practicing his profession in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he died in 1909. To Doctor and Mrs. Crandall were born four children: 1. Charles Archie, who is a graduate of the College of Wooster and of the Hahnamann Medical College of Philadelphia, Pa. He served his interneship at the Pittsburgh Homeopathic Hospital and he is now on the staff of the New Jersey State Hospital at Greystone Park, N. J. 2. Abbie Gertrude, was a student at the College of Wooster, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan, married Robert K. Enders, who was also a College of Wooster student and a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree of Ph. D. He has a National Research Fellowship under the Rockefeller Foundation for Study and Research Work at Johns Hopkins University and Tropical America. He is now in Panama at the Barro Colorado Island Biological Laboratory. 3. Marylyn, a graduate of the College of Wooster, class of 1929, is identified with the Hill Sanitarium of Wooster. 4. Frank F. is a student of the College of Wooster.

From:
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931


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