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Biography of August Siebert, M. D., PH. G.

Dr. August Siebert, engaged in medical practice in St. Louis and well known through his contributions to the literature of the profession, is a native of Hadamar, Germany, and a son of Joseph and Emma (Troost) Siebert. The father was a mining engineer and was also the author of a work on fishes. The ancestry of the family can be traced back to the fourth century, Sigebert in France, prominent leaders in the Crusades. In the middle ages many representatives of the family were professional men, including distinguished physicians. Dr. Siebert was accorded liberal educational opportunities, pursuing his studies in Heidelberg, Germany, Bern, Switzerland, Paris, France, and Edinburgh, Scotland, completing a course in chemistry and in medicine. He came to the United States in 1896 and has now practiced in St. Louis for a period of twenty-five years. In this field he has done an extensive work of important character and is widely known through his contributions to medical literature. He has written many articles on goiters, specializing in this in his medical papers. He is also the author of a book on Logical Foundation of Simple Life and in Heidelberg wrote a volume entitled The Effects of the Light Waves upon the Bodies. He is also the author of many articles on moral and social questions which have appeared especially in magazines and German newspapers. For many years Dr. Siebert carried on an extensive research to effect a cure for the terrible scourge of tuberculosis through the use of light waves and under date of May 21, 1911, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch devoted a full page in the...

Biography of Friedrich Kurz

Friedrich Kurz, born in Bern, Switzerland, 1818; died 1871. At the suggestion of his friend Karl Bodmer, he came to America in 1846, for the purpose of studying the native tribes, intending to prepare a well-illustrated account of his travels. He landed at New Orleans and reached St. Louis by way of the Mississippi. The trouble with Mexico had developed, and for that reason instead of going to the Southwest, to endeavor to accomplish among the tribes of that region what Bodmer had already done among the people of the Upper Missouri Valley, he decided to follow the route of the latter and ascend the Missouri to the Rocky Mountains. But although his plans were changed he did not become discouraged, and on October 28, 1851, entered in his journal ” My plan is still for the gallery, I shall have lots of correct drawings. Cholera raged along the upper Missouri in 1851, and for that reason Kurz was unable to remain at Fort Pierre. However, he reached Fort Berthold July 9, 1851. Later he continued to Fort Union at the mouth of the Yellowstone, where he remained until April 19, 1852. Returning, he reached St. Lois May 25, thus covering the distance from the mouth of the Yellowstone in five weeks and one day. He arrived in Bern during September of that year and was soon appointed drawing master in the schools of his native city, a position which he held until his death. During the winter of 1851-52, while Kurz was at Fort Union, a German artist of some ability was with the Oto and Omaha near...

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