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Algonquin Historic
Commission

Crystal Lake Herald, June 13, 1918

 

Dr.W.A. NASON PASSES AWAY WELL KNOWN PHYSICIAN

DIES IN ALGONQUIN PRACTICED FOR MANY YEARS

Born In Maine In 1842 - For Twenty-five Years
Was the Only Physician in Algonquin

 

William Abbott Nason was born in Hallowell, Me., June 21, 1842, and passed away in Algonquin, June 10, 1918, at the age of 76 years, 11 months and 20 days.

Dr. Nason was one of the prominent physicians of McHenry county, and for twenty-five years was the only physician in Algonquin.

He was first educated in the Boston public schools, attended the High School at Buffalo, was a graduate of the famous Williams College, in Massachusetts, received a course of training in the Belleve Hospital of New York City. Graduated from the Chicago Medical College, now the Northwestern University, in 1866. In 1867 he began the practice of medicine in Chicago, but soon after received an appointment from the Government as Assistant Surgeon, being stationed in Virginia, serving at the Gordonsville Hospital, and also at Yorktown.

He came to Algonquin in 1868 and established a successful medical practice which has continued for fifty years.

He was president of the Fox River Medical Society one year and was one of its founders.

Dr. Nason was president of the school for many years and was ever active in whatever pertained to the betterment and building up of our schools.

Being an ardent lover of nature and science, he was widely known for his research work. His articles have appeared from time to time in many of our leading scientific journals.

He was one of the founders of the Chicago Academy of Sciences and also a member of the American Entomological society of Philadelphia.

His only recreation form the untiring efforts of relieving pain and suffering of his fellow men was spent in "God's Out of Doors," collecting specimens of insects and flowers of which he had the finest collection in northern Illinois. At the present time a large collection may be seen at the University of Illinois , which is known as the "Nason Collection."

Fraternally, he was a Mason, a member of the Modern Woodmen and of the Knights of the Maccabees.

On June 29, 1874, he was married to Miss Anna Goodson of Algonquin, Ill., who survives him. Beside his faithful wife he leaves three children to mourn his loss - William Edward of Chemung, Ill., Mary Elizabeth Raedel and Charles Craig of Algonquin. Three grandchildren - Marion Nason Raedel, Paul Nason Raedel, and WIlma Margaret Nason.

Algonquin feels the loss of a highly respected citizen, a true and loyal friend and a kind neighbor.

"There is no death, the stars go down
To rise upon some other shore,
And bright in Heaven's jeweled crown
They shine forever more.
And ever near us, though unseen,
The dear immortal spirits tread
For all the boundless Universe
Is life - There is no death."

Funeral services were held at the house at 1:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, and at 2 o'clock at the Congregational church, the Rev. Smith officiating.

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