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Assistant Surgeon, Three Year's Service



History of the Upper Ohio Valley,
Vol. I, pages 586. Brant & Fuller, 1890.

     S. B. Stidger was born December 1, 1830, in Springfield, Jefferson county, Ohio. He was educated in the common schools of that day. Read medicine in his father's office at Moundsville. In 1851 he located for practice at Jacob Burley's, near the present site of Cameron, where he remained one year. After the closing of the track of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad, in 1852, he removed to, and built the second house in, Cameron. On the 12th of September, 1864 he was married. In 1856 he migrated with his family to Iowa, where he practiced in partnership with his father for one year. In 1858, owing to the sickness of his wife, he concluded to return to Cameron, where he continued to have a large practice until the breaking out of the rebellion. At the commencement of the war he raised a company and was mustered into the service of the United States army in 1861. Was elected captain, but declined on account of inexperience in favor of Capt. James Donly, who had served in the Mexican war, and accepted the position of first lieutenant, serving three months, the time for which he enlisted. Most of this time he served in the medical department with detached forces. At the expiration of three months the regiment was re-organized, and Dr. Thoburn was promoted to colonel, and wrote to our subject requesting him to go out with him as surgeon of his regiment. He then went before the board for examination and passed, and received the position of assistant surgeon, serving until July, 1862, when he resigned on account of having been appointed administrator of his father's estate. He had charge of the post hospital at Cumberland, Md. He returned from the field to the regular routine of hospital duty. Since the war he has had a large practice in Cameron. In 1876-7 he attended his last course of lectures at Jefferson Medical college, Philadelphia. In 1868 he was elected to represent his county in the legislature. In 1867 Dr. Stidger joined the State Medical society, to whose "Transactions" he made several contributions. He was an active man in the Methodist Episcopal church, and enjoyed the confidence and esteen of a large circle of friends. He died in 1883.