Edward M. Darrow, MD

Edward Darrow was born in Winnebago county, Wisconsin, on January 16, 1855. His father was a farmer and contractor. Darrow was educated at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, and Rush Medical College in Chicago, from which he graduated on February 26, 1878.

Dr. Darrow began his medical practice in Fargo in the spring of 1878. In that year, he began the first hospital in Cass County. He was the first superintendent of health in Dakota Territory and issued the first license to practice in the territory. He was also Surgeon General under Governor Burke and was county physician for many years. He was also a member of the "insanity board."

Dr. Darrow married Miss Clara Dillon, a Wisconsin native, in 1879. They raised five children (Mary H., Clara E., Kent E., Frank I., and Daniel C.) and lived on South Eighth Street. Dr. Darrow passed away in December 1919.

Mary Hope Darrow was born October 21, 1881. She attended the local schools and graduated from the North Dakota Agricultural College in 1904 with a degree in chemistry. She married Dr. Ralph E. Weible on June 28, 1905. He was a long-time Fargo physician. They had four children, David, Ralph, Agnes and Clara. A life-long resident of Fargo, Mrs. Weible took a very active interest in the affairs of Fargo. he founded the first kindergarten in North Dakota, and organized the Women's Suffrage Association in 1916. She was involved in women's rights, cultural programs, education, health standards and welfare to name a few. In 1960 she received the NDSU Alumni Achievement Award and in 1963 a new women's dormitory was named Weible Hall in her honor at NDSU. She died March 4, 1965 at Fargo. Mr. Weible had died in 1942.

Daniel C. Darrow received his A.B. from Cornell University in 1916 and his M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1920. He was an assistant in pathology at the school of medicine from 1920 to 1922, then interned at New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. After his residency at the Boston City Hospital Pediatric Service, Darrow served on the medical school faculties of Washington University in St. Louis, Yale University, and the University of Kansas. In 1962, he became the director of research at the Babies Hospital Research Center in Wilmington, North Carolina, and adjunct professor of pediatrics at the Duke University Medical School. From 1962 to 1965, Darrow was a visiting lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Known as an authority on children's dehydration, shock, and diarrhea, he conducted research into salt deprivation, fluid balance, protein deficiencies, and potassium deficiencies in various diseases of children.

Kent Darrow was also a physician.

Dr. Edward Darrow's brother, Dr. D.C. Darrow, had a small hospital in his home in Moorhead at the time and later helped establish Dakota Clinic.