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Brick, Dr. Paul L. 1846-1910


Posted By: Linda Ziemann, volunteer (email)
Date: 3/18/2017 at 10:04:47

LeMars Sentinel
October 18, 1910

He Was a Native of Prussia and Received His Education in the Capital of Germany and Came to America When a Young Man.

Dr. Paul L. Brick, the pioneer physician of this city, died on Friday afternoon shortly after two o’clock at St. Joseph’s hospital in Sioux City. He had been in Sioux City for some time at the Samaritan hospital being taken there when the LeMars Hospital association closed its building on Fifth street. His death was not unexpected as it had been known by his friends for a long time that the end was only a question of days.

He had been in failing health for the last two years. When his health broke down, he went to Cleveland, Ohio, for a long visit with a sister. After returning somewhat better, he suffered a relapse and was ill for many months at his home, in the local hospital, and finally at Sioux City, when he died. His malady was heart disease, complicated with liver and kidney trouble and dropsy.

Dr. Brick was the dean of the medical profession in LeMars, being the oldest in point of years and length of time in practice. In the later years of his life, he withdrew from general practice and limited himself to office work. In the early days, he enjoyed a wide and lucrative practice.

Paul L. Brick was born in Colberg, Prussia, Europe, in 1846. He graduated from the Louisenstadt college in Berlin in 1864, and then attended the Berlin university. He came to America in 1867, locating at Auburn, N.Y., then moved to Syracruse, N.Y., where he first began the practice of medicine with Dr. Bausinger. He afterwards moved to Pennsylvania, thence to Illinois and Wisconsin, and to Burlington, Iowa, in 1871. From there he came to LeMars a few years later, which was his home until his death. He was city physician in 1887 and 1888, and in 1890 took a post graduate course and graduated from the college of Physicians and Surgeons, of Chicago. Dr. Brick was united in marriage in 1871, to Ida, daughter of William Holdzkow, of Effingham, Ill. She died in Burlington in 1874, and in 1878 he married Florence E. Sniff, daughter of Edward Sniff, of Denmark, Iowa, who died July 1, 1882, leaving two children, Louis and Paul. Paul died in infancy and Louis Brick succumbed to entric fever, while on duty in an Iowa volunteer regiment at Chickamauga in the Spanish American war. In August, 1890, he was united in marriage with Miss Eva Braden, of Ligonier, Ind. With two children, Paul, aged 13, and Helen, aged 11, she survives him. An only sister, Mrs. Anna C. Mueller, lives at Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Brick was a member of Giblem lodge, A. F. A. M. and of LeMars lodge, No. 428, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

Dr. Brick’s wife and children have been living at Minneapolis for the past months, since he has been in a hospital. They were notified of his death, but wrote that they could not come to the funeral, and Mrs. Mueller wired that on account of her age and health it would be impossible for her to come.

Ten and twenty years ago Dr. Brick entertained lavishly, and his home was the rendezvous of many social gatherings, and his hospitality was extended to many in the heyday of his prosperity, when he was making good money in the practice of his profession.

Dr. Brick’s later days were clouded by illness and unhappiness. He felt some time ago that his end was near, and so told his friends. His material needs in his last illness were looked after by faithful associates in the lodges to which he belonged.

The remains were brought to LeMars on Sunday morning at noon escorted by a guard of LeMars Elks and was met at the Union depot by the members of LeMars lodge No. 428, and was taken to the cemetery according to the ritual of the order and his remains laid to rest in a flower bestrewn grave.


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