Dr. George H. Shelton
Former Alpena Physician Claims to Have Been Present
When Czolgosz Was Born.
Dr. George H. Shelton, 643 Fourth
avenue [sic], is certain that he was called to attend the mother
of would-be assassin Leon Czolgosz when Czolgosz was born in Alpena.
Dr. Shelron at that time was physician
for the German Aid society and a prominent practitioner in Alpena.
He attended the uncle of Czolgosz, Charles Nowak, who was also a
member of the German Aid society; and he attended the other relatives
of the would-be assasin [sic] while they lived in Alpena.
He is quite sure the night a laborer
called at his home in Alpena, asking the doctor to attend his wife
that the child born was Leon Czolgosz. The only thing that might
in any way throw doubt on the case was the fact that the family
spelled their name slightly different. However, this was no unusual
thing among the Poles of Alpena.
The doctor said that the family then
lived on the beach in a small frame cottage, and that both mother
and father of the baby Czolgosz were simple, healthy, frugal people.
The father worked in a sawmill and earned but little money; nevertheless,
the doctor says his bill was paid immediately after his services
The baby Czolgosz was to all appearances
a normal child, physically and intellectually. He didn’t see much
of the child, however, as he left Alpena afterward, going to Texas
when Czolgosz was but 4 years old.
Dr. Shelton spent some time lookng
[sic] over his old records in his office, but the particular book
he wanted could not be found, as it had been lost in Texas.
“I am as certain that I helped bring
that anarchist into the world as I am that I stand here, and I wish
now that I had wrung his neck before he opened his eyes,” remarked