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Death Of Dr. Sager

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Day
10
Month
August
Year
1877
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Public Domain
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Though looked for and expected for months the death of one of our oldest and most respectad citizens, Dr. Abram Sager, which occurred on the forenoou of Monday laat, was a ahook botb to his family and the coramunity. The disease trom which he had so long suffered, consumption, had for weeks been complicated by disease of the kidnoys in serious form, and wheu dysentery set in the end was known to be near. A writer in the Detroit Tribune, who seeins familiar with the leading events in Dr. Sager's life, thus sketches, them : He was bom at Bethlehem, Albany county, N, Y., December 22, 1810. His father was a farmer of remote Gorman aucestry, who had settled in the Empire State at an early day. The subject of this sketch was educated at the Rensselaer Folytechnic Institute at Troy, N. Y., where he remained for two years as pupil and instructor, and graduated in 1831. Here he was under the instruction of Proís. Torrey and Eaton, noted men in the field of boUny and zoology, and thus acquired a tanta for these studies which have been a apecialty with him all his life, and in which he has gaiued a considerable reputation, Subsequent to the period montiouud above, he pursued his studies in Albany and New Haven, Conti., under the instruction and supervisión of the late Profs. Marsh and Ives, of New Haven. He attended lectures at the ALbauy Mediaal School, and at Castleton, Vt., and graduated at the latter institution in April, 1835. He settled first at Detroit, removed froiu thence for a few years to Jackson, and finally to Ann Arbor, where he ha remained tor over thirty years. In 1837 he was appointed chief in charge of the botanical and zoological departments of the State geological survey, which had been organized under Prof. Houghton. By November of that year he had made a considerable collection of specimens in zoology. He made a report in 1839, acoompauied by a catalogue of what he had collected, and the specimens mentioued in this are those wlucn laid the foundation ot tho present zoological collectiou in the museum of the Uuiversity. He made valuable oollections also in botany. The Sager herbarium, now in the University museum, con taina l,2U0 species and 12,U00 specimens. These wero collected partly iu the Western Status, but chieily in New England. There íb also a valuable collection in the medical museum prepared by Dr. Saer, illustrating comparativo craniology, neurology and embryology of the vertebrata. TIn work in connection with the geológica! sur i ey closed in 1840. From 1845 to 1856 he was professor of botany and zoology in Michigan University, but did little in this connectiou, as the University was not prepared to receive tull work. Iu 1848 he wu appointed to the chair of the theory and practice of medicine, and iu 1850 to that of obstétrica and diseases of women and children in the medical department of the University. For several years he was dean of the medical faculty, and held that posltiou even aiter he had ceaaed active dutios in the work of instruotion. His failing health caused hira to resigu his position, and he apent a summer afterward in Florida, returmug inuch improved iu health. Dr. Sager waa a niember of the American A.'sociation for the Advancement of Science, of the Academy of Natural Science ot Philadelphia, and the Academy of Science of Chicago ; of the American Medical Association ; of the New York State Medical Society and of the Obstetrical Society of Philadelphia. He is the author of a variety of papers in the Peninsular Journal of Medicine and Detroit Review of Medicine, besides papers in the American Journal of Science, and in the Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences at Philadelphia. Alter the death of Dr. Eatou, he was tendered the presidency of the Bensselaer Polytechnic Iustitute, but did not accept. He was married iu 1838 to Sarah E. Dwight, daughter of Dariua Dwight, of Detroit. Eight children were the reault of the unión, ñvo of whom are now living, three sous and two daughters. In 1876, at the animal meeting of the State Medical Association in 1876, held in this city, Dr. Sager was unanimous elected its President, under circumstances which showed the esteem in which he was held by the profession of the State. For many years he was a member nf the Board of Education of this city, and for several years President, resigning in 1872 because of his ill-health. The funeral was largely attended at 3:30 p. m. on Wadnesday, the members of the University faculties, resident and visiting physiciaus, and citizoua generally, unting in paying the last tributo of raspect to the deceased. A correspondent (himself a physician) writing from this city to the Free Pres, pays the following deaerved personal tribute to Dr. Sager : Th death of Dr. Sager, though not unexpected to his fnends, will cause sorrow iu the hearts of hundreds ot familias where his presence in sicknesB has been called as a blessing. It will be heaid of by hundreds of the older students of the old medic.il college who enjoyed his teachings, but who are now scattere i over the country from New England to California, and who in common with medical and scientific men of the country who knew him, will mourn the loss of a great and good man in the better meaning of those words. He was of quiet and uaostentatious habits, gentle and kind in xnanuer - never souuding his own ptaises - of scholarly habits, Btudious in research and inquiry after truth, thoroughly devoted and loyal to his profession and to scientific work. He enjoyed iu a high degree the confídence notoniy of his patients and patrons, but also of his brother practitioners, who appreciated his caution and skill in diagnosis, and bis care and fertility of resource in treatment, These quahties, with his faithfulness to patients and physicians, made him often sought in professional consultations. Indeed, to his brethren he was an exemplar of professional honor, devotion, fidelity, and learning, who, though like Aggaziz, never had time to get rich iu money, yet achieved rich success in the development and promotion of general and medical science, and in building up and maintaining a reputation for iutegrity iu public and in private life without spot or blemish. His genial face will be misse 1 by a large circle of friends, and his death leaves one less of the early settlers of the city and State. He was patiënt and cheerful through a long and wastiug sickness, retaining his interest iu his profession and in all iutullcctual work, and nearly all his former vigor of mimi, until a few days bef ore his death. Fortúnate will it be for medical science, and for the sick to whom it ministers, if its practitioners might inherit the ardont devotiou, the zoal, the iove ef study, the conscientious performance of dury, that animated Dr. Sager throughout his professional career. M. H. Clark has sold the Grand Bapids Democrat -office and good will - to Messrs. Stevens fc Messmore. "Adieu " and " Salutatory " were both published in the weekly ot August 1. Mr. Clark has made a live paper, though a little ultra sometimea in its politics. We regret to hear that his labora have not been more commensuratoly rewarded. His successors say: " In political matters we shail advocate the principies of the Democratie party, but shall hold ourselves free to rebuke what we beliave to be wrong, whether springiug from either the one or the other of the two great political parties of the country." Correct. - Last week's issue of the Graud Bapids Saturday Evenmg Post coutained the introductory and platform of the new editor and co-publisher, C. H. DuBois. It has an indepeudent-in-everything sort o' riug. The Mabkets.- Thé following were the prices paid for produce by our local dealers yesterdy afternoon: For Whent, $1.30; for Corn, 35c ; for Oats, 3-c ; for Hay, 7a$9 ; for Potatoes, 40c; for Butter, lóc; for Lard, 10c; for Etfgs, 10c; for Honey, 18c; for Oabbage, per dozen, 50c ; for Cucumbers, per dozen, 10c. Flour retails at Y4 00 per Imndred.