Dr. Ralph Kaysen, a practicing physician of Plymouth, has won for himself an enviable reputation as a representative of the medical profession. His birth occurred at Kansas City, Missouri, on the 25th of March, 1879, his parents being Theodore and Mathilda (Bieling) Kaysen, the former born in 1848 and the latter in 1857. The Kaysens come of an old Norse family of prominence. A great-grandfather of our subject on the maternal side, Fisher by name, served as an admiral of the Danish navy and fought in the war with Germany when Schleswig-Holstein was lost to Denmark. Urik Kaysen, the paternal grandfather of Dr. Kaysen, served as superintendent of schools in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Theodore Kaysen, the father of Ralph Kaysen, was the first representative of the family in the United States, coming to this country about 1866 and settling in New York city, where he was engaged in the wholesale piano business. About 1870 he removed to Kansas City, Missouri, where he purchased and conducted the Blossom House, at that time one of the leading hotels in the city. In 1893 he disposed of the hostelry and entered the life insurance field, being now located in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he is representing the Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company of Newark, New Jersey. His wife is a lady of German descent and her people are residents of New York city. Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Kaysen have three children, as follows: Theodore, Jr., who is a resident of St. Paul, Minnesota; "Gertrude, who is still at home; and Ralph, of this review.
The last named received his early education in the public schools of Kansas City and later pursued a high-school course in Milwaukee. Subsequently he became identified with the engineering department of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad and for five years, or until 1903, followed railroad engineering and construction work, being also engaged in contracting on his own account. In 1903 he entered the medical department of Marquette University at Milwaukee, from which institution he was graduated with the class of 1907. During the following year he put his theoretical knowledge to the test by hospital work and for another year served as house physician of Trinity Hospital. He then located for practice in Elkhart Lake, Sheboygan county, there remaining in partnership with Dr. George Brickbauer for one year. On the expiration of that period he came to Plymouth and has here since remained in the active practice of his profession, having already demonstrated his skill and ability in the successful treatment of many patients. He has served as city physician for one year and keeps in close touch with the progress of the profession through his membership in the Wisconsin State Medical Society and the American Medical Association.
In 1909 Dr. Kaysen was united in marriage to Miss Grace Wheeler, a daughter of Henry Wheeler, Jr., of whom more extended mention is made on another page of this work. Dr. and Mrs. Kaysen have one child, James Philo, whose birth occurred in August, 1910. They attend the services of the Episcopal church. Dr. Kaysen is a valued member of the Iroquois Club and also belong to the Masons, the Royal Arcanum and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. His wife is a member of the Eastern Star and the Royal Ladies and also a member of prominent clubs. In the line of his profession Dr. Kaysen has won a measure of success that many an older practitioner might well envy. He holds to high ideals in his profession, is conscientious in the performance of his daily duties and in his ministrations to the sick he proves that his knowledge is of a practical as well as comprehensive nature.
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