DANIEL E. STRATTON
Daniel Edgar Stratton, who is engaged in the practice of medicine at Chinese Camp, Tuolumne County, as a representative of the regular profession and as physician and surgeon of the Eagle, Shawmut and Jacksonville mines, was born at McGregor, Iowa, on the 4th of December, 1863. He is of English and Holland lineage. His paternal ancestors were early settlers of Vermont, and on the maternal side were pioneers of New York. Joseph Stratton, the grandfather of our subject, was a soldier in the colonial army and valiantly fought for the independence of the nation. Charles Stratton, the Doctor’s father, was born in Schoharie County, New York, and was married to Miss Hannah Van Auken, also a native of the Empire state. Soon after their marriage they removed to Wisconsin, casting in their lot with its pioneer settlers, and subsequently became pioneers of Iowa. Both are still residents of the Hawkeye state, the father having attained the seventy-ninth year of his age, while his wife is ten years his junior. They are members and earnest workers of the United Brethren Church and are loved by all who know them. The father was a strong Union man at the time of the Civil War and in answer to President Lincoln’s first call for volunteers to crush out the rebellion in its incipiency he enlisted, serving a three months’ term. The war had not then ended and he re-enlisted, taking part in many of the hotly contested engagements which were necessary for the preservation of the Union. While in the army he contracted scurvy that has caused him great suffering and almost terminated his life. Being thus incapacitated for work much of the time, the government granted him a pension of seventeen dollars a month. His brothers and his wife’s brothers were also valiant Union soldiers, and the military record of the family is one of which its representatives have every reason to be proud.
The Doctor is one of ten children, but is the only representative of the family in California. His literary education was completed in the State University of Iowa and he received the degree of Doctor of Medicine in that institution with the class of 1886. He afterward served for one term in the State Hospital and thence came direct to Chinese Camp, California, where he has since built up a very satisfactory practice that brings to him a good income. He also has a beautiful residence on the hill overlooking the town.
In 1889 occurred the marriage of Dr. Stratton and Miss Helen Cutting, a native daughter of Chinese Camp. Her father, C. B. Cutting, came to this state at an early period in its development and is now a resident of Jamestown, Tuolumne County. Dr. and Mrs. Stratton have one daughter, Viola. Socially he is connected with the Masonic order, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias fraternity. He is devoted to his profession, his interest arising from his broad humanitarian principles and his love of scientific research. His skill and ability are of a high order and he has a strict regard for the ethics of the professional code. As a man and citizen he is widely and favorably known and in this volume he well deserves honorable mention.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.