Biography of Dr Jacob Fridline
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Jacob Fridline, M. D., deceased, was one of the most highly esteemed citizens of Ashland, and his career was one that won for him the confidence and trust of all who knew him. He was born on a farm near Jeromesville, Ohio, Oct. 21, 1863, and died in Ashland, May 2, 1930. He was the son of Ludwig and Elizabeth (Boffenmyer) Fridline.

Ludwig Fridline was born while his parents were enroute from Pennsylvania to Ohio, and he was the son of Conrad Fridline, one of the first settlers of a section of Wayne County, which is now included in Ashland County, having come here with his family in 1821. He entered 160 acres of government land in Perry Township, the deed of which was signed by President James Monroe. This became the Fridline homestead and later was owned and operated by Ludwig Fridline. He died March 1, 1907, at the age of 86 years, and his widow died in January, 1926. Both are buried at Jerornesville. To Ludwig and Elizabeth (Boffenmyer) Fridline were born 13 children, as follows: 1. Harry Harrison, who died Jan. 31, 1928. 2. Irvin, retired, lives at Jeromesville. 3. Sarah, deceased. 4. Jacob, the subject of this sketch. 5. Mary, married Noah Hockenberry, lives at New Pittsburgh, Ohio. 6. Grant, farmer, lives near Rossburg, Ohio. 7. Alvin, lives at Jeromesville. 8. Elzora, deceased. 9. Emma, deceased. 10. Elza, farmer, lives near Jeromesville. 11. Elma, deceased. 12. Clara, married E. C. Tryon, lives at Wooster. 13. Alonzo, who lives on the old Fridline homestead, near Jeromesville.

Jacob Fridline spent his boyhood on his father's farm and attended the district school. After his graduation from Wooster College he taught school and also assisted his father in farming during the summer months. He subsequently took up the study of medicine at Western Reserve University, Cleveland, from which he received the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1896. Dr. Fridline began his professional career in Ashland during that year, and spent two years in practice with Dr. L. B. Ash. He then practiced alone in the city until the time of his death, May 2, 1930. Dr. Fridline's offices were located at 34½ East Main Street. He was a prominent member of the Ashland County Medical Society, Ohio State Medical Society, and American Medical Association, and also belonged to the Medical Association of the Sixth Consular District of Ohio.

Dr. Fridline volunteered for service during the World War in the spring of 1918, and was commissioned as a captain in the U. S. Medical Corps, being called for duty at Camp Greenleaf, Georgia, on Aug. 10, 1918. In October he was transferred to Camp Forrest, Ga., as sanitary officer, but soon sailed for overseas duty. He saw service at LeMans, France, and later in Belgium, where he was attached to Base Hospital No. 53. Dr. Fridline was discharged from the service Aug. 25, 1919. He and his wife were in attendance at the American Legion's convention in Paris in 1927.

On June 15, 1897, Dr. Fridline was united in marriage with Miss Anna Elizabeth Delsher, of Ashland, the daughter of Henry and Sarah Jane (Humes) Deisher. He was born in Pennsylvania, Oct. 12, 1833, and at the outbreak of the Civil War enlisted for service. He died in the Lynchburg Hospital of typhoid fever, Aug. 3, 1864. His wife, who was born in Ohio, Aug. 1, 1837, died in 1920, and is buried in Ashland. Doctor and Mrs. Fridline were the parents of a son, Gaylord Delsher Fridline, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this history.

Dr. Fridline was a Republican, and belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Modern Woodmen of America, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Ashland Country Club. He was also a director of the Ashland Board of Trade. Mrs. Fridline resides in Ashland. She is the daughter of the Union Veterans and belongs to the American Legion Auxiliary and Rebeccas. She holds membership in the Lutheran Church.

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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