Source: "History of Manitowoc County Wisconsin"
by Dr. L. Falge, 1911-1912, v.2, p.11-12.
J. E. Barnstein, M. D., one of the prominent members of the Manitowoc
county medical profession, who is a specialist in diseases of the eye,
nose, ear and throat, was born in Newton township, Manitowoc county,
October 10, 1852, and is a son of Dietrich and Lisette Barnstein. Dr.
Barnstein's parents were married in Manitowoc county, whence his father
had come in 1848 and his mother two years later, and after marriage they
commenced farming unbroken land in Manitowoc county, but eventually, in
1856, came to the city of Manitowoc, where Mr. Barnstein followed the trade
of joiner until his death in 1887, his widow surviving him until 1891.
J. E. Barnstein was his parents' only child, and his education was secured
in the public schools of Manitowoc and the college at Franklin, Wisconsin,
from which he was graduated in 1875. He was then engaged in school teaching
for many years, but eventually decided to turn his attention to medicine,
and in 1896 he was graduated from the medical department of Marquette
College. He then attended the Chicago Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat College for
a post-graduate course, graduating in 1903, since which time he has been
engaged in an extensive practice in Manitowoc and has become widely known
in his profession.
In 1878 Dr. Barnstein was married to Miss Minnie Beste, who was born in
Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and to this union there have been born nine children,
of whom seven survive, namely: Charles H., a physician; Fred W., a
druggist; and five daughters, two of whom are married and three residing at
home. The family is prominently connected with the German Reformed church.
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