Historical Albion Michigan
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ALBION HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE STARTED NATIONíS SCHOOL IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM

Morning Star, August 8, 2004, pg. 18

I was glad to learn that an Albion High School Alumni Association has been re-formed after all these years! Actually, there was one a century ago but somehow it was never continued by the future generations. If you graduated from Albion, make sure they have your address so you can keep in contact with the events that are being planned. Just write in care of the Albion Chamber of Commerce, 416 S. Superior St., Albion, MI 49224. The last time there was an all-Albion class reunion was at Albionís sesquicentennial in 1985.

Albion High School has had many persons who went on to become quite notable in our country. Most of us know the ones from the middle and late 20th century. This week Iíd like to feature one from the beginning of the 20th century. How many people remember getting immunization shots from the ďschool nurse?Ē You can thank a graduate of Albion High School for that: Dr. Amos Llewellyn Beaghler (1881-1961). A native of Middlepoint, Ohio, Amosí father Dr. Amos Chapman Beaghler was a surgeon during the Civil War in the Ohio 71st Volunteer Infantry, which fought in several major battles including Shiloh. He practiced in Ohio following the War.

His son Amos (our subject), along with his sister Una and mother Leah moved to Albion. The family lived at 710 E. Porter St. Amos attended the Albion Public Schools, and graduated from Albion High School in 1901. Amos was accepted as a medical student at the University of Michigan where he received his degree in 1909. He served in the Medical Corp in World War I and became interested in infectious diseases.

He was married in 1914 to Mary E. Joseph. The couple raised a family of three children and lived in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Beaghler founded the Denver Public Schools Health Department in 1920. His program became a model for public health which initiated the immunization (thatís shots, folks) program in public schools across the country. Dr. Beaghler received numerous local, regional, national and international awards during his lifetime for his work, including the Howe award for outstanding contributions in school health (1948). He served as a president of the American Public Health Association, and also of the Colorado Public Health Association. He furthermore served as a professor at the University of California, Berkeley in the school of Public Health. Dr. Beaghler retired in 1949 and died in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1961. One of his descendants, Dr. Marc Beaghler, is a urologist in Ventura, California today.

From our Historical Notebook this week we present a photograph of Llewellyn Beaghler.


Llewellyn Beaghler

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