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Lansing, MI (Residence of Dr. L. Anna Ballard, 312 N. Capitol Avenue)
5Y J6YJ(First woman physician in Lansing) (1910) (Ingham County)
- Contributed by Paul Petosky

Dr. L. Anna Ballard, Who Died Recently, Active Pioneer Here

First Woman Physician in City Associated with Leading Doctors

Appreciation of the life of Dr. L. Anna Ballard, who died a few days ago at the age of 86, is contained in a sketch sent to The State Journal by a close friend. She was Lansing's first woman physician.

According to the biography, Doctor Ballard was born in Lansing in 1848, which was the year in which the legislature first met here in the old so-called "temporary" capitol, the capital having been moved from Detroit to Lansing township by legislative action the year previous.

The Lansing woman who was to make a name for herself as a doctor in the state during her active years, attended the public school here and later went to the Michigan Female college, conducted by the Rogers sisters, A. C. and Deliah, on the site new occupied by the Michigan School for the Blind. As a matter of fact, though the sketch did not mention it, the original building for the early "college," forms the nucleus for the present institution.

Miss Ballard's parents, who had migrated north the year she was born, lived in one of Lansing's early business sections, on the east bank of the Grand river, where East Main street now intersects South Cedar street. This is part of "Upper Town"; the oterh business section, now informally termed "North Lansing," was "Lower Town."  Miss Ballard studied medicine at the University of Michigan, continuing her work in a women's hospital in Chicago. This was followed by a period in which she was in charge of the drug store of a Doctor Topping, a brother-in-law, at DeWitt, with whom she studied medicine further.

In 1869 and '70, she was a teacher in Central high school, but 10 years later, having completed her medical studies, commenced the practice of medicine in Lansing. Doctor Ballard was a successful physician, winning the respect and friendship of her contemporaries, especially Dr. Hulbert B. Shank (father of Dr. Rush J. Shank, another well known local doctor of a later day), and Dr. J. W. Hagadorn.

Active in civic matters as well as those touching on her own profession, Doctor Ballard was identified with the work of her church, the Y.W.C.A., the W.C.T.U., and Woman's club, and the Industrial Aid society. She was influential in the organization of the first Lansing Medical society. One of her addresses on a medical subject, before the joint meeting of the judiciary committees of the legislative house and senate, was considered so outstanding that a leading lawyer of the upper house had the speech printed in pamphlet form and distributed to lawyers throughout Michigan.

Mary B. DeLamarter, associate of Doctor Ballard as a teacher in Central high school in the early '70s, wrote a poem in memory of the late doctor, which was red at the funeral services.

Source: Lansing State Journal (Lansing, Michgan) 29 Aug 1934

Dr. L. Anna Ballard Obituary can be found here.



Lansing, MI (Residence of William Fritz family - 1116 W. Main Street) (1910s) - Contributed by Paul Petosky


William F. Fritz, 74, died Tuesday morning at the residence, 1116 West Main street, Mr. Fritz, until two years ago, had been an employee of the Olds Motor Works for 22 years. Surviving are the widow, Francelia; one daughter, Mrs. Ethel Crismore; a granddaughter, Genevieve Crismore; three brothers, John Fritz of Saline, Adolph of Ann Arbor, and Julius, also of Saline. Funeral services will be held at the Estes-Leadley Funeral home at 9 o'clock. Thursday, the Rev. E.L. Woldt, pastor of Christ English Evangelical Lutheran church, officiating. Interment will be in Decker cemetery, Mecosta county.

source: Lansing State Journal (Lansing, Michigan) 2 Oct 1934


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