Dr. T. A. Lid

Marianette,, Wisconsin

Torstein Andreas Lid was born in Brauteset in ├śrsten on November 26, 1867, where his parents, teacher and organist P. J. Lid and Abelone Lid, born in Hauge live at this time. After that he went by way of public schools for two years at Voldens higher public school and after that at middle school and high school (Reallinjen.) He emigrated to America in 1889. He took full courses in medicine at Illinois State University Medical Department (College of Physicians and Surgeons in Chicago). He graduated from that in 1896. In 1894 he received the College's Gold medal for best character for all specialties in his class. In a contest he received first place as a resident doctor at West Side Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, where he was for 1 1/2 years. He settled down as a practicing doctor in Marinette, Wisconsin in the fall of 1897. He purchased a part interest in Menonome River Hospital and for several years was the head doctor of the hospital's medical department as well as the Hospital’s Secretary. He was also Bylaege (city physician) for a while in Marinette. He was the head doctor for ten years for the Order of the Knights of the White Cross. He was appointed by President McKinley in 1900 as a Member of Examining Surgeon on the U. S. Pension Board and was the Secretary of same for many years and is now the Board’s president. In 1904 was appointed by Governor La Follette as a one of the Wisconsin State Delegates to the International Congress on Tuberculosis in St. Louis, Missouri. Later in 1905 was appointed by Governor La Follette as one of the state delegates to the Antituberculosis Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. For many years he took an active part in politics and thus has been among other things the "Chairman of the Republican City Committee", as well as Delegate to County Congressional and State Conventions and so forth.

He is very interested in Norwegian work among our people. He helped to import Norwegian song specialties to Marinette High School, and he was the treasurer for 14 years for the Norwegian Literary Union of Marinette as well as the treasurer for eight years of the Norwegian Lutheran Parishes at the same place.

He took a trip to Norway in 1903 and in 1913. In 1880 he married Constance Wold, daughter of the deceased Pastor T. H. Wold. They have three children, two daughters and a son.

Source: Norwegians and Norwegian Homes in America by Hans Jervell - 1916 - Page 67

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