Dr. Leslie Lawson 9 BIGELOW
15923.7B91 Dr. Leslie Lawson 9 BIGELOW, son
of Timothy Lawson 8 (Timothy C. 7
, Israel 6 ,Isaac 5, Isaac 4,Isaac 3,Samuel 2, John1) Bigelow and
Mary Louise (BIGELOW) BIGELOW, was born 15 April 1880 at Camp
Chase, Madison co, OH. Leslie Lawson went on to medical school, his
brothers joined their father at the Naughten Street firm. Leslie Lawson
graduated from East High School, possibly in 1898, and then attended
Ohio State University for one year. But there are no institutional
records available for either of these events. Records do indicate that
he spent 8 years at Harvard University, obtaining
an AB in 1903, an MD in 1906 and completing a 2-year surgical
at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1908.
Upon returning to Columbus in 1908, Dr.
married Elizabeth Cole and opened a private practice at 185 E. State
He soon became involved with Children's Hospital located at Miller and
Avenues, 'not far from his home at 45 W. Franklin Park Avenue, which he
purchased in 1913. Dr. Bigelow was one of the few physicians able to
afford free time to Children's Hospital while he was establishing his
private practice. (see below) In 1940, Dr.
Bigelow stepped down as chief of the medical staff at Children's
Hospital but remained head of the surgery department until his
appointment as dean of the College of Medicine in March 1942. His
tenure was abbreviated by his sudden death in January 1943. OSU
President, Howard L. Bevis stated that during Bigelow's tragically
as dean, he guided the college into an accelerated program that
preparation of students for military service in WWII, while coping at
same time with increased demand for hospital services.
Children of Leslie L. and Elizabeth (Cole) Bigelow:
159237B911 Leslie Cole, b _____ ; d _____ ;
Lawson, b 25 Mar 1911; d 04 Aug 1985; m _____ ; (see below)
159237B913 Robert Gibbons, b 29 July
1921Camp Chase, Madison co, OH; d _____ ; m 07 Dec ____ Marion Prentiss;
Bigelow Society Genealogy Vol. II Page 420.
Bigelow Society historian/genealogist records.
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Page 49 July 2001 FORGE: The Bigelow society Quarterly Vol. 30, No. 3.
Don's article from Forge: http://bigelowsociety.com/TBHorses.html
Subject: Possible missing information for you
Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2001 20:04:02 EST
From: Alexis (Bigelow) Fangmann
Someone was doing some research on my Grandfather Leslie L.
Bigelow and sent my mother Marian P. Bigelow (widow of Robert G.)
information from your site on Timothy C. Bigelow. It showed who he
married and the numerous children he had, though many passed away
I note that Timothy L. 8/27/1854 married Mary Helen ___ . I
presume that means you are unsure of her maiden name.
Apparently is was also Bigelow(?) I don't know from what branch -
hopefully distant! But apparently the sons of Timothy had great
difficulty convincing people they did know their Mother's maiden name
and it was Bigelow. You
might want to check that out!
All of Leslie L. Bigelow's direct family have passed away
Leslie - Edmund and Robert G. as well as Elizabeth his wife
Just thought you might be interested
Alexis (Bigelow) Fangmann
Leslie L. Bigelow, M.D.
Leslie L. Bigelow was born in Camp Chase, Ohio, April 15, 1880,
son of T. Lawson and Mary Helen Bigelow. He received his A. B. from
Harvard College in 1903 and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in
1906. He married Elizabeth Cole on June 8th, 1909 and had three sons:
Edmund Lawson, Leslie Cole and Robert Gibbons. Bigelow taught at
Starling-Ohio Medical College from 1912-1914. He then taught surgery at
The Ohio State University Medical School, attaining full professorship
in 1938. He also served as surgeon at Grant, St. Francis and Children's
Hospitals, where he was Chief of Staff for 25 years. He was one of the
original founders of the Ohio Society for the Prevention of
Tuberculosis, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 1914, the
Ohio State Medical Association President from 1927 to 1928. Dr. Bigelow
was also a former President of the Chesapeake and Ohio Association of
Surgeons and member of the Columbus Medical Academy of Medicine. In
1942 he was appointed Acting Dean of the OSU
College of Medicine. He died suddenly on January 15, 1943.
Sources: The Ohio State University College of Medicine, vol. 1,
The Ohio State University College of Medicine, vol. 2, 1961.
The Ohio State Medical Association Journal, v. 39, 1943, pg.172-173.
From: Betty Turner <
Sent: Tue, Jan 29, 2013 8:15 pm
Subject: Chazy and Bigelow
My name is Elizabeth Turner, my Late husband''s mother,
Charlotte Baker (father was Otis Baker) was born in Chazy, NY i 1889.
That is all I've ever known about the town and that is because it is
listed on my husband, Bill Turner's birth certificate . I
just got an email on the is also i and was delighted
to see your address. My granddaughter, Sarah Preston Turner Richardson
is Edmund Bigelow's,
granddaughter too. she lives in Mill Valley,CA with her husband, Jed
Richardson and 2 sons. They are William Turner and Benjamin Rice and
loves. Hope to hear from you and that you might know something about
the Canadian connection with Chazy and tell me about the Bigelow
Society. What fun! Betty
John seems to be a good
early name. My Lanhams were led by John Lanham into Maryland in 1667
and Bill's Bates into Jamestown by John Bates in 1623. Those are both
my husband's & my original ancestor
Response to a question I had:
Wm & Ben Richardson. /
Mother, Preston Turner Richardson,
Mother, Nancy Bigelow Turner, / Father, Edmund Lawson Bigelow, b 03/25/1911;
d 08/4/1985 /
Leslie Lawson Bigelow b
04/15/1880/ d 1/15/1943 in Columbus OH. /
Father , Timothy Lawson Bigelow, b1854, d 1916 Plant City (part of
Father, Timothy Clippinger Bigelow b 1819 d 1876,/
brother, Hosea Bradley Bigelow, b 1830, d 1871
Mother was Elizabeth Cole -
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Quarterly Vol.30, No.3
Dr. Leslie Lawson 9 Bigelow
Timothy Lawson 8 (Timothy C. 7
, Israel 6 ,Isaac 5, Isaac 4,Isaac 3,Samuel 2, John1) Bigelow
By Samuel Meites, Ph.D., Columbus OH
In 1919, Leslie Lawson Bigelow, M.D., chief of
the medical staff and of the department of surgery at the Columbus
Children's Hospital, said that it was wrong for a community to support
charitable hospital that did not obtain the best known and most
men on its staff. "Rarely will you find a medical man in our
larger, eastern communities who has risen to and gamed a large practice
does not portion of his time and effort to charity in a free hospital,"
said. Yet he retained x~ that the hospital should not become an mark
those who could afford to pay, and lose the esteem of the medical
Lawson Bigelow [15923.7B91] was born 15 April
at Camp Chase, Madison County, OH. His grandfather, Timothy Clippinger
(1819-1876), was a breeder of horses who eventually joined Dr.
Marcus Brown of Circleville OH to form Brown, Bigelow & Co. [not in
connected with the Minnesota firm, Brown & Bigelow, of the calendar
for the purpose of buying and selling horses In 1851, Dr. Brown had
France and brought back a Percheron stallion, an outstanding draft
of the era and a competitor of the Clydesdale. The Percheron horse
popular in Ohio and Timothy was known as one of the foremost horsemen
Timothy Clippinger Bigelow's family had moved
to Plain City, Madison County, OH about 1829 from Lancaster County, PA
where Timothy was born. In 1838, Timothy married Hannah Marshall and
they had 12
children, of whom five survived to adulthood. Timothy became the
of the Four Mile House, so called because it was four miles west of
The Four Mile House had been a traveler's lodge on the old National
(Broad St. West, Highway 40) since pre-Civil War days. It was probably
between the current Chase and Roys Avenues. By 1880, it needed repairs,
and it was razed in 1913.
Camp Chase was created on a federally leased
160- acre field south of the Four Mile House. All who lived in that
area were part
of the Camp Chase postal zone. At one time during the Civil War the
housed 27,000 Union troops, and the prison held 9,243 Confederates. We
no information on when Timothy and his family moved to the Camp Chase
It seems likely that they lived in the Four Mile House.
Timothy Lawson Bigelow, son of
Hannah (Marshall) and Timothy Clippinger Bigelow, was born 27 August
1854 [d. 1915] in Plain City. On 27 March 1879, he married his cousin,
Mary Bigelow [1857-1935], daughter of Mary (White) and Hosea Ballou
Bigelow [15923.7E]. They had three sons, Leslie Lawson, Hosea Bradley
[1881-1930] and Merrill Loving [1883-1948].
Like his father, Timothy Lawson Bigelow was a
horse breeder for several years. In 1881 he became a partner in the
Columbus firm of Engeike and Bigelow, a "job wagon line" that
specialized in the hauling and storage of household goods, machinery,
pianos, etc.; it also dealt in coal. The partnership lasted 26 years
until 1907, when Timothy became the sole owner. The firm then became T.
L. Bigelow & Sons Co. It was located on east Naughten Street (19,
21, 23 and later 31) with stables nearby. Timothy and his family lived
at 1288 Bryden Road.
All three Bigelow sons apparently obtained
advanced education. While Leslie Lawson went on to medical school, his
brothers joined their father at the Naughten Street firm. Leslie Lawson
went on to medical school, his brothers joined their father at the
Naughten Street firm. Leslie Lawson graduated from East High School,
possibly in 1898, and then attended Ohio State University for one year.
But there are no institutional records available for either of these
events. Records do indicate that he spent 8 years at Harvard
University, obtaining an AB in 1903, an MD in 1906 and completing a
2-year surgical internship at Massachusetts
General Hospital in 1908.
Upon returning to
Columbus in 1908, Dr. Bigelow married Elizabeth Cole and opened a
private practice at 185 E. State Street. He soon became involved with
Children's Hospital located
at Miller and Fair Avenues, 'not far from his home at 45 W. Franklin
Avenue, which he purchased in 1913. Dr. Bigelow was one of the few
physicians able to afford free time to Children's Hospital while he was
establishing his private practice.
He served as an assistant to Dr. James F.
Baldwin, then a leading surgeon in Columbus, and the founder of Grant
Hospital in 1900,
as well as a surgical consultant to Children's Hospital. Perhaps as
as 1911, Dr. Bigelow was a surgeon, later chief surgeon to the Hocking
Railroad, and surgeon with the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad.
The board of trustees at Children's Hospital
formally appointed Dr. Bigelow to the surgical staff in 1910 and later
refered to him as the secretary of the medical staff. By 1915, he was
chief of staff. Dr. Bigelow was also on the surgical staff at the
charitable St. Francis Hospital
as well as at Grant Hospital, Protestant (White Cross) Hospital, and at
Ohio State University (OSU) College of Medicine when it opened in 1914.
was actively involved in teaching surgery to OSU medical students
as instructor in 1914 through his time as a full professor from
particularly at St. Francis Hospital.
Dr. Bigelow's free services to Children's
Hospital were unparalleled among his medical colleagues. These services
as a general surgeon and chief of staff were in keeping with the needs
of a charitable institution built on the foundation of a triumvirate of
extraordinary public-spirited Columbus citizens: the board of trustees,
the women's board and its auxiliaries, and the volunteer physician
Dr. Bigelow authored six scientific papers
which were published between the years 1920-30. It is a tribute to his
interests and ingenuity that he could publish any at all, in view of
his responsibilities as a teacher, a practicing surgeon at five
hospitals, as well as an absence of financial and physical resources
needed to conduct research. His dozen or so non-scientific publications
were centered on social and economic problems adversely affecting the
medical profession, medical ethics and the encroachment of governmental
and other institutions on private medical practice.
After 32 years of service, Dr. Bigelow gave
his valedictory address at the 47th annual open meeting of the
hospital's board of trustees on January 25, 1940. He said, "What we are
trying to do here, all of us who work for the Children's Hospital,
quite simply, is to be kind and generous to little children who are in
need of help; and that in a world where there is so much unkindness and
little generosity is a very important thing."
Earlier in his life before the Great
struck the nation in 1929, one would think that perhaps Dr. Bigelow was
an angel of wrath when he served as President of the Ohio State Medical
Association in 1927-28. His long inaugural address was a bilious attack
on what he perceived as the growing intrusion of state and federal
government into private medical practice, its paternalistic
jnj~~ngemert on "individualism" eroding doctor-patient relations, and
the physician's economic stability. He deplored indiscriminate "free"
services including immunizations and diagnostic tests not totally
to indigents, whether offered by public health agencies or free
Earlier he condemned the social worker's practice of offering medical
without prior consultation with the physicians involved. His gratuitous
services and characteristic gentle kindness and sense of humor were
by his philosophic convictions.
In 1940, Dr. Bigelow stepped down as chief of
the medical staff at Children's Hospital but remained head of the
surgery department until his appointment as dean of the College of
Medicine in March 1942. His tenure was abbreviated by his sudden death
in January 1943. OSU President, Howard L. Bevis stated that during
Bigelow's tragically brief tenure as dean, he guided the college into
an accelerated program that hastened the preparation of students for
military service in WWII, while coping at the same time with increased
demand for hospital services.
Dr. Meites is a former director of clinical chemistry at Clinical
Laboratory, Chilaren's Hospital, and professor emeritus, Department of
Pediatrics, at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. He
gathered this material to
serve as a basis for an article in the Columbus Children's Hospital
publication, Pediatric Directions.
Modified - 02/06/2013
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