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| Vintage Photos
courtesy Jay Berndt Stroburg
Travis County's Swedish-born Physician
on the Sanitarium Veranda c.1920
Manor c. 1920 (See Forum
|Dr. and Mrs.Stroburg
in 1910 Sterns with son John Berndt Stroburg at the wheel
| Dr. John A.
Stroburg with adopted daughter Lillian
Sanitarium in Manor, 1920
| This is [Doctor
Stroburg's Obit] from the Texas State Journal of Medicine,
dated February, 1927:
"Doctor John A. Stroburg died at his home in Austin, Texas on October
22, 1926 after a brief illness. He was born in Lannaskede Province,
Sweden December 3, 1858. In 1858 his parents immigrated to Moline
Illinois where he received his academic education. He took a business
course at Davenport, Iowa and later in Augustana College in Rock Island,
Illinois. For a time, he taught shorthand,, bookeeeping, pennmanship
and telegraphy in a business college in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
He took a job with the St. Paul and Milwaulee Railroad as a bookeeper
and it was employed by the railroad that he was induced to take up
the study of medicine. He graduated from Rush Medical College in Chicago
in 1893. Immediately after graduation he wed Miss Sophie A. Walter
and set up a practice in Cadillac, Michigan.
After a few years, he returned to Chicago as house physician at Augustana
Hospital - where he also served as assistant to Dr. A. J. Oschner.
He later practiced at St. Francis and Mercy Hospital at Burlington,
Iowa for four years before moving to Texas for his health. He made
his home in Manor, Texas where his health was restored. He left Manor
for two years to attend a post-graduate course in Chicago and then
went to Berlin, Germany where he studied under some of the great masters
of medicine. From Berlin he went to Hamburg for a course of several
months, returning to Manor where he opened a small general hospital.-
In 1911 he removed to Austin where he entered the General Practice
of Medicine. His change of residence and field of endeavor was incident
to a physical depletion which followed a severe case of pneumonia,
which rendered him physically incapable of holding up his country
practice. He restricted his practice to a few friends, in the meantime
traveling extensively in the effort to improve his health. He was
operated on at the Mayo Clinic in August of 1926.
He is survived by his widow, an adopted daughter, a son, and a grandson."
| John Berndt
Stroburg with best friend on the porch
Doctor John A.
Stroburg was my great-grandfather.
I have a ledger book which documents the names of the doctor's patients,
their ailments, and the cost of the remedies offered. Since he was
in Manor, this must represent many of the residents of the area. These
few photos are undeniably of Manor, but I have hundreds of others
which are surely of the central Texas area and document the times.
Attached is some correspondance between the Doctor and the Travis
County Sheriff and the letter of their concern.*
- Jay Berndt Stroburg
*The letter mentioned was hate mail
addressed to the doctor - warning him to leave Manor and threatening
his life if he didn't take the advice. The rambling barely-coherent
letter was forwarded to the Travis County Sheriff who assured the
doctor that cowardly threats were not to be taken seriously, and that
the Sheriff's office would would be available to help or investigate
should any others arrive.
Subject: Manor locomotive
I just took a closer look at the locomotive on the Manor site--the
one that's supposed to be ca. 1920. That's a much older locomotive.
That's an oil-fired headlight, & those things had been replaced by
on-board DC electric generators & electric headlights by the 1890s.
From the looks of the tender--I can't be real sure because it's not
that clear--the fuel appears to be coal. By 1910 all locomotives in
Texas were oil-fired. I'd put the date in the mid to late 1880s, based
on the headlight, ignoring the fuel. - Charley Eckhardt, May 12,