From The St. Charles Chronicle, August 5, 1904 PASSING IN REVIEW Reminiscenses of Men Who Have Been Residents of St. Charles
Dr. S. E. Weld - Shortly after the close of the war, Dr. Salem E. Weld hung out his shingle in St. Charles and for two or three years enjoyed an excellent practice. He had served during the war in the 127th Illinois Infantry as a hospital steward, and after the conflict was over went to Cincinnati, took up the study of medicine in earnest and graduated with honors from the eclectic school. He was a thorough gentleman, a favorite in society, a master of his business, and a "jolly good fellow, which nobody can deny." He was a very competent surgeon, and I recall one case which won for him great praise. A young man named Hundley, living a few miles west of town, had one hand badly mangled by a charge from his shot gun, which was accidentally fired while he was climbing through a brush fence. Dr. Weld, instead of amputating the entire hand, as some other surgeons said was necessary, removed only the mangled portion and saved the rest, the poor fellow having fingers enough left to make the member of much greater value than a stump. The doctor was a splendid singer, and his voice was often heard in private and public. He was a member of a campaign glee club which sang for the Republicans in the Grant campaign of 1868, and their music was a fine feature of the meetings. Dr. Weld was a member of an old and highly respected family which settled at an early day near Udina, a few miles west of Elgin. He finally returned to the latter city from St. Charles and entered the drug business with a relative, the firm of R. & S. E. Weld becoming one of the best known in the watch city. The doctor finally retired from business and practice and engaged in insurance and real estate lines, which I believe he still continues.
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