The Turn Of The Century Electrotherapy Museum
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Dr. Frederick Finch Strong - Theosophy Building / Science Center
Photos (C) Robert D. Campbell

These beautiful photos were taken by Bob and Rose Campbell while they were in Los Angeles lecturing about Earle Ovington.

Here is a wonderful compilation of facts on Frederick Finch Strong from Steve Beare.  Many thanks to Alastair Wright for 
pointing out this research to me:  Steve, you have done an amazing job.

Jeff, here are the summary and details on Frederick Finch Strong.

Regards, Steve


Frederick Finch Strong was born on June 6, 1872 in Aurora, New York, the
son of a Dutch Reformed Church Clergyman, Thomas Campbell Strong. Three of
Frederick's uncles were also Dutch Reformed Church Clergymen, as was his
paternal grandfather. His older brother was Thomas Morris Strong, who received
his medical degree from New York Homeopathic Medical College in 1871,
specialized in Ear, Eyes and Throat medicine. This probably inspired Frederick
to also go into medicine. His mother, Mary Arabella Sibley, nee Finch,
married Frederick's widowed father in September 1869, and brought a considerable
estate with her from her recently deceased husband, Dr. Samuel L. Sibley,
the first homeopathic physician in Ithaca, NY. Dr. Sibley's sister was
Thomas Strong's wife, Sarah Harwood Sibley. These things often have a way of

Because of his pastoral profession, Frederick's father moved relatively
often, and in 1880 the family lived in Allegheny, near Pittsburgh,
After obtaining his bachelor's degree from Cornell in 1893, Frederick
studied for a year in Germany with Dr. Paul Ehrlich. In June, 1895, he published
a paper in the New England Medical Gazette on the Microscopical Technique
of Blood Examination, in which he mentions he attended Professor Ehrlich's
lectures in Berlin, and got samples of stains that Ehrlich used in his
work. He received his M. D. from Tufts in 1898, and later served as an
instructor at Tufts.

In 1900, Frederick lived with his married brother Thomas in Boston,
Massachusetts, and was listed as a Physician with the speciality of Elect[ro]
Thera[peutics]. In 1910, Frederick was still single at age 36, and lived in
St. Petersburg, Florida. In 1918 he moved to Hollywood, California, and by
the 1920 census, he had married Ethyl Haley. They were still living in Los
Angles in 1930, and Frederick's real estate was valued at a considerable
$70,000. He died on June 13, 1955 in Los Angeles.

Frederick Strong received U. S. Patent 733,343 May 11, 1903 for Electrical
Apparatus for the Use of Ultraviolet Rays. I located 10 other patents
issued to Strong between 1904 and 1930.

Benjamin W. Dwight. History of the Descendents of Elder John Strong of
Northampton, Mass. Albany: Joel Munsell, 1871. page 674

12576-7. ii. Rev. Thomas Campbell Strong, D.D., b. May 23,1824: grad. at
Union Coll. in 1841, and at the Theol. Sem , at Rutgers Coll. 1845: ordained
pastor of the Reformed Dutch Chs. at Rosendale, and Bloomingdale, Ulster
Co., N. Y., Nov. 12, 1845, settled at Newtown, L. I. Dec. 12, 1849; over the
Ref. Dutch Ch., Bleecker St., N. Y., Feb. 27, 1859, and since May, 1866, at
Ithaca, N. Y. He m. Nov. 4, 1845, Mary Watson Mann b. Dec. 1815 (dau. of
William Mann, of New Brunswick, N. J., and Elizabeth McCalla) ; she d. June
23, 1868. He m. Sept. 1, 1869, Mary Arabella Finch b. Dec. 18, 1830 (widow
of Dr. Samuel Lewis Sibley and dau. of Miles Finch and Tryphena Fading).
[9th Gen.] Children:
12589. i. William Mann Strong b. Sept. 6, 1846, d. Oct. 3,1846.
12590. ii. Thomas Morris Strong b. June 12, 1848, at Rosendale:
grad. at Rutgers Coll. in 1868, now (1870) studying medicine.
12591. iii. Ellen Elizabeth Strong b. June 15, 1851, at Newtown, L. I.

1850 census, New York (Queens)
Thomas C. Strong, age 27, R. D. Clergyman, b. NY
Mary Strong, age 33, b. PA
Thos. M. Strong, age 2, b. NY
one servant

1860 census, New York city, Ward 9
Thomas C. Strong, age 36, R. D. Clergyman, real estate $5,000, b. NY
Mary W. Strong, age 43, b. PA
Thos. M. Strong, age 12, b. NY
Ellen E. Strong, age 9, b. NY
one servant

New York marriage records
Rev. Thomas C. Strong m. Sept 1, 1869 Mary A. Sibley, Tompkins County, NY.

1870 census, Ithaca, NY
Thomas C. Strong, age 45, R. P. D. [Reformed Protestant Dutch] Clergyman,
real estate $1,000, b. NY
Mary Strong, age 37, real estate $13,000, b. NY, married Sept, 1869
Thomas M. Strong, age 22, Physician & Surg., b. NY
Ellen Strong, age 19, b. NY
Sarah Sibley [sic], age 10, b. NY
one servant

Thomas C. Strong, installed pastor Auburn Presbytery, Dec 13, 1871 til Aug
22, 1875
President of Wells College 1873-1875
Installed as President of Female College of Pittsburgh Oct 3, 1875

1880 census, Allegheny, PA
T. C. Strong, age 54, Preacher, b. NY
M. E. Strong, age 49, b. NY
Ellen Strong, daughter, age 28, b. NY
S. H. Strong, daughter, age 20, b. NY
Fred Strong, son, age 8, b. NY
one servant

U. S. Passport Applications
Frederick Finch Strong, applied Oct. 20, 1893 Berlin legation,
born Aurora, NY June 6, 1872, permanent residence Boston, occupation
instructor, left U. S. Sept 27, 1893. sojourning in Berlin, intends to return to
U. S. within one year. Wants passport for ID. Height 5'9, moustache.

1900 census, Boston
T. Morris Strong, b. Jan 1848, age 51, b. NY, father b. NY, mother b. NJ.
Physician (sp. Laryng.)
Sarah H., b. Dec. 1862, age 37. b. NY, father b. CT, mother b. NY
Frederick F., Brother-in-law, b. June, 1872, age 27, single, b. NY as were
mother and father, Physician (sp. Elec. Ther.)

1910 census, Sty. Petersburg, FL
Frederick F. Strong, age 36, single, b. NY/NY/NY, Physician, Specialist
Abbie S. Rittig, aunt, age 64, widow, b. NH/Ma/Ma
Archibald H. McDonald, age 50, single, b. India/Eng/Ire, immigrated 1870,
Physician, Specialist

1920 census, Los Angeles
Frederick Strong, age 47, B. NY/NY/NY, Physician, Office
Ethyl Haley Strong, age 32, b. FL/ NC/NC

1930 census, Los Angeles, 1755 El Cerrito Pl.
Frederick F. Strong, age 57, 1st marriage at age 44, b. NY/NY/NY,
Physician, genl. Pract., real estate $70,000.
Ethyl H. Strong, age 42, age 21 at 1st marriage, b. FL/NC/NC

California Death Index
Frederick Finch Strong, b. June 6, 1872 NY, d. June 13, 1955 Los Angeles,
mother's maiden name Finch.

Thomas Morris Strong.
D. New York Homeopathic Medical College 1871. married Sarah Harwood
Sibley, Ithaca, NY Oct. 20, 1885.

Who Was Who in America, with World Notables. Vol 5, 1973, page 702.
STRONG, FREDERICK FINCH. MD, inventor; b. Aurora, NY, June 6, 1872; s.
Thomas Campbell (DD) and Mary Arabella (Finch) S.; grad. high sch., Ithaca,
NY; student Cornell U., 1889-93, Univ. of Berlin, 1893-94. Boston U. Med.
Sch. 1895-97; M. D. Tufts Coll. Medical School, 1898. 1st Amer. pupil of Dr.
Paul Erlich, Berlin; m. Ethel Ellen Haley, Sept. 27, 1916.

(C) Jeff Behary, 2010