The world instinctively pays deference to the man whose success has been worthily achieved, who has attained wealth by honorable business methods, acquired the highest reputation in his chosen calling by merit, and whose social prominence is not the less the result of an irreproachable life than of recognized natural gifts. Greater than in almost any line of work is the responsibility that rests upon the physician. The issues of life and death are in his hands. A false prescription, an unskilled operation may take from man that which he prizes above all elseā€”life. The physician's power must be his own; not by purchase, by gift or by influence can he obtain it. He must commence at the very beginning, learn the very rudiments of medicine and surgery, continually add to his knowledge by close study and earnest application and gain reputation by merit. If he would gain the highest prominence it must come as the result of superior skill, knowledge and ability, and these quaIifications are possessed in an eminent degree by Dr. Boerstler. He has attained marked distinction as a representative of the medical profession in Lancaster.


A native of this state, he was born on the 24th of November, 1846, and is a son of Dr. George Washington Boerstler, whose sketch precedes this. In the public schools of Lancaster the Doctor acquired his elenaentary education and later attended the private school of Dr. John Williams. On putting aside his literary text books he began reading medicine in his father's office and was graduated in the medical department of Wooster College with the class of
1869. Very desirous of attaining a high degree of proficiency in his chosen calling, he took a post graduate course in New York and then returned to Lancaster, opening an office and entering upon the practice which has steadily increased in volume and importance. He has kept in touch with the most advanced thought of the times through the perusal of the leading medical works that have been written and through his membership in the Ohio State Medical Society and the .American Medical Association, where the interchange of thought and knowledge constantly broadens the minds of those who attend the convocations.


In 1872 Dr. Boerstler was united in marriage to Miss Sally Reever Camp, of Lancaster. The lady, however, was born in Sandusky, Ohio, and is a daughter of John G. Camp, a prominent resident of this city, and a granddaughter of one of the Revolutionary heroes, who served in the war for independence with the rank of major. Unto the Doctor and his wife was born a daughter, Elizabeth, who is now the wife of B. J. Swinnerton, of Stone, Staffordshire, England. The wife and mother died in 1886 and her death was mourned, not only by her immediate family, but by a large circle of warm friends who entertained for her the highest regard.


Fraternally the Doctor is connected with Lancaster Lodge, No. 27, F. & A. M., and also witli the chapter and commandery of this city. In his political affiliations he is a Democrat, earnest and unfaltering in his advocacy of the principles of the party. For several years he was a member of the board of United States pension examiners and for four years was a member of the board of trustees of the asylum at Athens. He is a gentleman of broad culture, of genial disposition, and has a deep interest in his fellow men. Whatever tends to promote the interests of his profession and place before man the key to the mystery of that complex problem which we call life at once attracts the interest and co-operation of Dr. Boersller. He is an extremely busy and successful practitioner. He is a man of the highest and purest character, an industrious and ambitious student, and a gifted teacher of surgery. Genial in disposition, unobtrusive and unassuming, he is patient under adverse criticism, and in his expressions concerning brother practitioners is friendly and indulgent.

 

From A Biographical Record of Fairfield County, Ohio, J. S. Clarke Publishing, New York and Chicago, 1902