N. Louisa Andrus, M. D.
N. Louisa Andrus, M. D., a regular practicing physician and surgeion, at No. 222 Jefferson street, Grand Rapids, is a native of Attica, Lapeer county, Michigan, was born 3 July 1850, and is a daughter of Jeremiah B. and Mary A. (Hibbard) Haney, the former a native of New York, and the latter of Vermont, but married in Attica, Michigan.
Hon. Charles A. Hibbard, maternal grandfather of Dr. Andrus, a descendant of old Puritan stock that came from England and settled in Massachusetts in 1699, came from the old Bay state to Lapeer county, Michigan in 1836, served six years as a member of the state legislature, and died of cholera while traveling in Minnesota; his wife died of the same fell disorder while visiting in Massachusetts.
Jeremiah B. Haney, father of the doctor was long principal of the Union school in Grand Rapids, and at one time was a professor in the Central high school, and this was his last work.
He had served as first lieutenant of company K, 29th Michigan Infantry, during the last year of the Civil War, and while in the service contracted a disorder which resulted fatally 5 February 1882. He was renowned as a lecturer and politician, was first an ardent republican, but later espoused the cause of the greenback party, for reasons satisfactory to himself, and was a man fully capable of reasoning. His widow now resides at No. 85 West Division street, Grand Rapids, and no lady in the city is more highly respected.
Of the family of fourteen children she bore her husband, eight still survive, and of these Dr. Louisa Andrus is the eldest; Stella H. is the wife of L. S. Prosin, who is in the real estate and insurance business; Ella H. is married to Germain Ellis, a retired gentleman living on Plainfield avenue; Ida is the wife of George Weaver, a farmer residing on Walker avenue; Frank F. is a comedian; Charles E. is a painter by occupation and resides with his mother; Mertie H. is the wife of Abraham Sanford, a druggist, and Herbert E. is a miner in Colorado – he being the only permanent absentee from Grand Rapids. The deceased children all died in infancy, with one exception – that of Clara C., a bright and promision young lady and a teacher in the public schools of the city, who was called away 15 October 1879, at the early age of nineteen years.
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Created: 9 October 2007