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Dr. Addison E. Cattron, born in Laporte, Indiana, February 23, 1862, received his literary training in the high school of that city, and then began preparation for his life work by entrance at the Cleveland Medical College. He completed the course at that well known medical institution and graduated on the 16th of March, 1894. and on the following day, the 17th of March, he located in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania, to begin the practice of his chosen profession. He has met with success in his chosen field, constantly demonstrating his ability to cope with disease, and aside from his large and representative private practice he is a member of the surgical staff of the F. H. Buhl Hospital at Sharon, this state. He is a member of the Mercer County Medical Society, and in political matters upholds the principles of the Republican party.
The parents of Dr. Cattron, Samuel and Nancy N. (Concannon) Cattron, were born respectively in the state of New York in 1824, and in Circleville, Ohio, in 1825. They became the parents of six children, and five are now living, three sons and two daughters. They are: Fannie, now Mrs. Johnson; James, superintendent of a gas and coke company in Hazleton, Pennsylvania: William O., a graduate of the Hahnemann Medical College, of Chicago, and now in practice in Pekin, Illinois; Mae; and Addison E. Samuel Cattron, the Doctor's father, moved to Indiana with his parents when a child. His father was born in Germany, an excellent German scholar, and coming to the United States became one of the pioneer settlers on the Wabash river in Indiana. His son Samuel in his early life played with the Indian children near Michigan City, that section of the country being then in its primitive state, and the first home of his own, built of logs, was in the southern part of Laporte county. In that primitive home his four eldest children were born, and in time the little log cabin gave place to a frame residence. After a time, however, Mr. Cattron sold his farm and moved to the city of Laporte in order to afford his children better educational advantages, and there he is now living a retired life. In the early days he supported the principles of the Whig party, and at the formation of the Republican party joined its ranks and was a great admirer of Abraham Lincoln.
Dr. Addison E. Cattron married Anna C. Fitzsimmons October 27, 1886. She was born in Laporte in 1863, a daughter of Michael and Kate (Tracy) Fitzsimmons, both of whom were born in Ireland. On their arrival in the United States they located in Laporte county, Indiana, and spent the remainder of their lives there. Of their nine children five are living, namely: Edwin, Anna, Michael, Thomas and John. Mr. Fitzsimmons was but a young man when he came to this country, and he was with the I. P. & C. Railroad Company, now the Lake Shore road, for many years, working in their shops. He was a Democrat politically and a member of the Roman Catholic church. Six children have been born to Dr. and Mrs. Cattron, but only four are now living—Margaret. Florence, Myltreda and Edwin.