There were two ads placed for dentistry in the Kenosha Telegraph on Thursday March 17, 1870. One was put in the paper by dentist Dr. EG Hazelton and the second was paid for by Dr. Isaac George. Many different kinds of businesses put ads in the paper that day but these two dental care ads were right on top of each other.
Isaac George placed an advertisement stating:
"TEETH FOR THE MILLION!!
All who desire Dental Operations, will find it to their interest to call on me unless they wish to pay a premium for BIG PRETENTIONS. ISAAC GEORGE Kenosha, Sept 21, 1865
The date listed above on the ad from 1870 was probably the day he established himself as a dentist in Kenosha.
Isaac George was known as the first dentist in Kenosha. He was also known as "Bishop George." He had moved to Kenosha in 1840. Born in Paris, New York on April 12, 1811 his parents moved him to Rochester, NY and then to Jamestown, NY where he learned the gunsmith trade. He then returned to Rochester and worked as a gunsmith. George met Eliza Jack (born Jan 15, 1813), there and married her when he was 22 years old in 1833. Eliza Jack was the daughter of John Jack and Ann Lowe Jack, all of whom had been born in Scotland.
In 1935 George moved to Cleveland, Ohio and remained there about two years. According to his obituary in the Kenosha Telegraph, George left Ohio and was then in the employ of the government in Grand Haven, Michigan as a mechanic among the Indians.
George was the town gunsmith but found he could not make enough money to feed his family and also started doing locksmith work. He then began repairing muskrat traps and umbrellas for people in Southport, as Kenosha was known back then. In 1851 George left for California and then returned to Kenosha in 1853. He still found he was not making the money he desired and started to study dentistry with Dr. Foster of Racine. In the book "The City of Kenosha and Kenosha County Wisconsin" published in 1916 it says that "Bishop" George was very popular and had a marked influence on public affairs. He was active in the Masons and was elected president of the 1001 Society.
George had joined the Presbyterian Church in Rochester and joined the Congregational Church in Kenosha and was a member there until 1848. At that point in time he joined others in forming the Excelsior Church which was said to be an association of liberal thinkers without organization. When the Unitarian Society was established he joined and then the Unitarian Church was built which is where Reverend H.M. Simmons said George's funeral service. It was written that Isaac George's funeral was largely attended.
"If there was any one in Kenosha who was the Good Samaritan, that man was Isaac George" Reverend Simmons was quoted as saying in the Kenosha Telegraph at George's funeral.
In the History of Racine and Kenosha Counties Isaac George is noted as being an eccentric character. It was said that his life was such a mixture of seriousness and jest that they weren't sure which predominated over the other. He would preside over a meeting with seriousness and gravity and the next instance he would be singing comic songs at the door of his business and act out the spirit of the songs with more than common appropriateness. George also donated $10 to help with the Union side of the Civil War.
The first patient "Bishop" George treated was known as "Scip" or George Rogers Barlow. He had fallen of a three story roof in a building right next to Lake Michigan after falling asleep. "Scip" woke up on the ground with two broken ankles. He had been employed to shingle the roof. "Bishop" George was called and "Scip" could not understand how cold water was going to fix his broken ankles but liked "The Bishop" and found he was up and walking around after a while after being "soused" repeatedly with water for his ankles. (First Settlement of Kenosha, by Wallace Mygatt, 1904)
Bishop George insisted that he was "born in the steerage", which is the lowest deck of the boat and when he wrote letters to people he would post at the top with the date "from the steerage." In 1850 he is listed on the US Census in Kenosha living with his wife and two children Isaac D. George age 13, born in Ohio and Emily Louisa George age 8 born in Wisconsin.
He also had a daughter named Mary George who was 18 years old in 1870. Mary married William Robinson who was employed in the banking industry in Kenosha. "Bishop" George had another son named John Franklin George (born Aug 26, 1855 in Kenosha) who was also listed as working as a dentist on his death certificate at the ripe old age of 28 on June 10, 1884 in Kenosha. His son John George had married Lucy Maria Westcott.
"Bishop" George had also been strongly against drinking alcohol. His obituary said he died of paralysis which manifested itself after the great Chicago fire when he was walking through the burnt district with a Mr. Hale. Toward the end of his life George lost his ability to speak but communicated through gestures and looks. "Bishop" Isaac George died on April 19th, 1876.
On August 24th, shortly after Dr. Isaac George's death 1876 Dr. E.G. Hazelton posted a notice in the Kenosha Telegraph that he moved his dental office over the new store opposite of Kupfers Bakery.
E.G. Hazelton was the other dentist in Kenosha in 1870. His ad:
(drawing of an upper denture)
E.G. HAZELTON, Dentist
Office new block, over Johnson's Bookstore. All operations pertaining to the teeth warranted to be as represented. "Viticised Air" for extracting teeth without pain, always on hand. Teeth should be examined at least once a year.
Dr. Edgar Galusha Hazelton was born in Fowler, NY on Sept 28, 1845 to Galusha M. Hazelton and Harriet Hazelton. He studied dentistry with Dr. E.A. Holbrook of Watertown, NY from 1863 to 1865. He started practicing dentistry on his own in Waukesha, WI in 1866. In 1868 he "removed" to Kenosha. On July 10, 1873 he married Evlyn Price in Waukegan, Illinois. She was the daughter of Edward Price and Susan J. Price.
The History of Racine and Kenosha Counties says that E.G. Hazelton was also a stockholder and director and Dan Head & Co Bank which had been organized in May of 1875.
E.G. Hazelton was the Financial Reporter for an organization which was established on Feb 22, 1879 called Knights of Honor. It was listed under Secret Societies in the History of Racine and Kenosha Counties and was organized for mutual protection and insurance needs. They met at the Odd Fellows Hall in Kenosha.
Hazelton was organizer of the first water system in Kenosha and was principal stockholder and manager of that company for years. The Dental Cosmos by Edward Kirk published in 1899 quotes The Kenosha Daily Gazette about Hazelton's death. For five years prior to Hazelton's death Hazelton had borne the brunt of much of the failure of the Dan Head & Co Bank and worked hard to save the depositor's money. He died at his home in Kenosha on Oct 22, 1899 after being sick for many weeks from Typhoid Fever. Items of Interest published in 1900 by Consolidated Dental Manufacturing Co. said that Hazelton was a moving and active spirit in all that pertained to the general nature of the town and was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Kenosha. Hazelton's funeral was held at his residence on Thursday Oct 26, 1899. His obituary in the Kenosha Telegraph stated that his hospitality was famous and he was a friend to all regardless of their rank or position. There was a report about Hazelton's funeral in the paper which said it was crowded with sorrowing friends and a wealth of floral tributes with one of the most conspicuous being a great bunch of white roses sent from members of the dental profession. He is buried in Garden Ridge Cemetery in Kenosha.
Hazelton's wife Evelyn and one daughter Evelyn "Blanche" Hazelton born on July 2, 1876 in Kenosha, survived him.
Both of these dentists were well known and well liked in Kenosha. They were both dental pioneers in an area that wasn't very highly populated at the time they practiced dentistry.