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Gallipolis in Gallia County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Charles E. Holzer, Sr., M.D.

(1887 - 1956)

 
 
Charles E. Holzer, Sr., M.D. Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., March 20, 2010
1. Charles E. Holzer, Sr., M.D. Marker (Side A)
Inscription.  
Side A:
Dr. Charles Elmer Holzer came to Gallipolis in 1909, as a resident surgeon at the Ohio Hospital for Epileptics. Recognizing the need for a community hospital, he returned in May 1910, after completing his training. With a local loan, he opened a seven-bed hospital. In 1913, he furthered his training in surgery, closing the hospital temporarily to study in Europe. He returned to Gallipolis in 1914, married nurse Alma Vomholt and resumed his practice. In 1916, he began construction on the First Avenue Holzer Hospital, the first general hospital in southeast Ohio. In 1949, the Holzers gave the growing hospital to the citizens of the five county area, to be administered by the Holzer Hospital Foundation. After outgrowing its downtown location, Holzer Medical Center opened on Jackson Pike in 1972 with 269 beds. (Continued on other side)

Side B:
(Continued from other side)
Dr. Holzer was a visionary community builder and a philanthropist, involved in education, conservation, flood control, and transportation. He served on boards throughout the state and nation. He volunteered as a surgeon in World
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War I; with his wife, opened the first school of nursing in 1920; organized construction of the Silver Bridge in 1928, joining the capitals of Ohio and West Virginia; purchased land for an airport; and initiated the first air ambulance service in the State. The Holzers purchased and restored the 1819 tavern "Our House" and gave it to the State of Ohio in 1944. The Holzer family lived at 530 First Avenue, an 1855 Greek Revival structure, from 1918 until their deaths. Dr. Holzer's contributions were many, and his life was a precious gift to this region.
 
Erected 2002 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, The Gallia County Medical Society, Gallia County Bicentennial Commission, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 11-27.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceScience & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1910.
 
Location. 38° 48.562′ N, 82° 12.058′ W. Marker is in Gallipolis, Ohio, in Gallia County. Marker is on 1st Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 530 1st Avenue, Gallipolis OH 45631, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Dunmore War 1774 (about 500 feet away,
Charles E. Holzer, Sr., M.D. Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., March 20, 2010
2. Charles E. Holzer, Sr., M.D. Marker (Side B)
measured in a direct line); High Water Mark (about 500 feet away); Our House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Elks Pledge (approx. ¼ mile away); J.P.R. Bureau House (approx. ¼ mile away); Welcome to Gallipolis (approx. ¼ mile away); Gallia County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gallipolis.
 
Charles E. Holzer, Sr., M.D. Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., March 20, 2010
3. Charles E. Holzer, Sr., M.D. Marker
Former Holzer home in background.
Charles E. Holzer, Sr., M.D. Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., March 20, 2010
4. Charles E. Holzer, Sr., M.D. Marker
Former Holzer Hospital on 1st Avenue in background.
Former Holzer Hospital on 1st Avenue Entrance image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., March 20, 2010
5. Former Holzer Hospital on 1st Avenue Entrance
Davis Hall, Former Holzer School of Nursing image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., March 20, 2010
6. Davis Hall, Former Holzer School of Nursing
Davis Hall, Former Holzer School of Nursing image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., March 20, 2010
7. Davis Hall, Former Holzer School of Nursing
Our House State Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., March 20, 2010
8. Our House State Memorial
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 9, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,818 times since then and 202 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on May 9, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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