For three generations the representatives of the Van Altena family have practiced medicine in Cedar Grove and the name today is a synonym for capable, scientific and progressive methods and standards which go beyond professional ethics into broader fields of humanitarianism. The active representative at the present time is Dr. Louis A. Van Altena, Jr., a native son of Sheboygan county, who by carrying out the honorable and upright standards of his father and his grandfather has attained recognition as a worthy successor of two high-minded and able men.
Dr. Van Altena was born in Holland township, March 21, 1870, and has spent his entire life in Wisconsin. He was educated in the Milwaukee public schools, later taking a business course in the Charles Meyer Business College of that city. He attended Rush Medical College of Chicago from 1891 to 1893 but received his degree from Marquette Medical College, of Milwaukee in 1895. Immediately afterward he settled in Cedar Grove, taking charge of his father's practice, which he has since continued. He is the family physician for the present generation of many of the families that his grandfather attended sixty years ago. He is one of the most enterprising and quietly progressive physicians in Cedar Grove and his professional career is marked by expert and specialized knowledge which, combined with his personal ability, have made his rise rapid and his prosperity sure. He is a member of the Sheboygan County and the Wisconsin State Medical Societies and also belongs to the American Medical Association.
Dr. Van Altena has been twice married. On February 5, 1896, he married Miss Hattie Van DeWall, who died on July 12, 1897. His second wife was in her maidenhood Miss Angelina E. Roth, whom he wedded on June 7, 1900. Politically he gives his allegiance to the republican party and is an active, public-spirited and progressive citizen. He has served as health officer of Holland township for the past ten years and was health officer of the vi11age of Cedar Grove since its incorporation, doing practical and efficient work in this line. He belongs to the Presbyterian church of Cedar Grove. The profession with which he is identified requires a steady hand, a concentrated mind and a skill which is mechanical and technical as well as scientific. All of these requirements Dr. Van Altena possesses in a gratifying degree and upon them he has founded his prosperity. He is still in the prime of life and his attainments up to this time prophecy well for still greater future professional success.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL