Biography of Dr. Andrew J. Giesy
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ANDREW JACKSON GIESY, M. D.
For thirty five years Dr. Andrew Jackson Giesy has engaged in the general practice of medicine in Portland and throughout this period has maintained a place in the front ranks of the profession. He has developed his ability in this connection to a high degree of efficiency and at all times has kept in touch with the trend of modern professional thought and progress. He is a native son of the northwest, his birth having occurred at Fort Steilacoom, Washington, on the 19th of October, 1853. His paternal grandfather, Andrew Giesy, was a native of Switzerland and came to the United States about 1820, spending his last days in Washington. His father, Christian Glesy, was also born in the land of the Alps, his natal year being 1815. Having been brought to the new world, he was married in Missouri to Miss Emma Wagner, whose birth occurred in Pennsylvania in 1835. The death of Mr. Giesy occurred about 1857, while his widow long survived him, passing away in 1916 in Portland, where she had taken up her abode in 1890. She had become a resident of Oregon in 1861, at which time she settled on a farm in Clackamas county and thereafter remained a resident of this state until the date of her death.

Dr. Giesy was but eight years of age when the family home was established in Oregon and attended the country schools of Clackamas county, while later he became a pupil in a private school in Aurora, Oregon. His desire to become a member of the medical profession led him to enter upon a course in the medical department of :Willamette University at Salem, from which he was graduated in 1876. He then pursued a postgraduate course in the Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia, winning his M. D. degree there in March, 1882. He next located in Aurora, Oregon, where he practiced for five years, and following his return from Philadelphia went to Salem, where he remained for three years. He was appointed assistant physician to the Oregon State Hospital at Salem, where he continued for two years, resigning in October, 1885, at which time he located in Portland for the general practice of medicine, in which he has since engaged. His ability along this line is pronounced. He is most careful in the diagnosis of his cases and his practice has been of an important character. He is the trusted family physician in many of the best homes of the city and is ever most conscientious in the performance of all professional duties.

On the 10th of November, 1886, in Salem, Oregon, Dr. Giesy was united in marriage to Miss Ida Harriet Church, a daughter of the late Stephen V. Church. They have become the parents of a son, Paul Church, who was born in Portland, September 29, 1887, and is a graduate of the Leland Stanford University of California. He was married in San Francisco, July 26, 1916, to Miss Edith Edminson, a native of Chicago, and they have one son, John Andrew, who was born in July, 1917. Paul C. Giesy went to the Presidio in San Francisco in 1917, entering the officers training camp, and was commissioned a captain, after which he was assigned to Camp Lewis, Washington, and there served until honorably discharged in December, 1918. He now resides in Portland.

Dr. Giesy was also a volunteer of the Medical Service Corps during the World war. He belongs to the Arlington Club, gives his political allegiance to the republican party and in Masonry has attained the thirty second degree of the Scottish Rite and is a member of the Mystic Shrine. His interests and activities have always been those of a broad minded man who recognizes and meets his public duties and obligations as well as those incidental to his professional activities.

From:
History of Oregon Illistrated
Vol. 3
BY: Charles H. Carney
The Pioneer Historical Publishing Company
Chicago - Portland 1922


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