Albert Franklin Padberg, M. D. In the little City of Canton in Blaine County the physician longest established in his profession is Dr. A. F. Padberg, who has practiced there consecutively for the past six years. Doctor Padberg is a thoroughly trained and well qualified physician and surgeon, and is also a man who thoroughly understands by personal experience the struggles which many young men pass through in order to equip themselves properly for professional service.
An Illinois man by birth, he was born at Dallas City in that state October 1, 1875. His father, August Padberg, who was born in Germany in 1836 and died at Dallas, Illinois, in 1892, lost his father in the old country, and when still a child came with his mother to America, locating first at St. Louis, afterwards at Warsaw, Illinois, and from there August Padberg moved to Tioga, Illinois, where he married, and his mature career was spent in Dallas City. He was a cooper by trade, a man of good business ability, and established and owned for a number of years a larger cooper shop. While prominent in a business way, he also exercised a large influence in democratic politics, and served as mayor of Dallas City for two years. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity. His wife’s maiden name was Rebecca Allen. She was born at Quincy, Illinois, in 1842, and died at Canton, Oklahoma, in 1912. They had a large family of children, a brief record of them being as follows: Elizabeth, who lives at Dallas City, Illinois, married first Frank Frice, formerly a brick manufacturer, and afterward was married to J. C. Balsley of Dallas City in 1900; May, of Dallas City, married first Arley Gittings, a farmer and in 1894 married A. C. Gittings of Dallas City; Ellen, who lives at Wichita, Kansas, married William Giddings, who was a farmer, and in 1916 she was married to T. Martain in Wichita; Edward died in infancy; John is a graduate of the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Dallas, Texas, and is now a practicing physician at Carnegie, Oklahoma; Charles is a decorator still living at the old home in Illinois; the next in order of age is Dr. Albert F.; Leah married Charles Hinckley, a plasterer, and they lived at Dallas City, Illinois; Golden, the youngest, died at the age of seventeen.
As a boy Doctor Padberg attended public schools in Dallas City, but early found need to support himself and paid all his expenses while gaining a medical education. For nearly four years he clerked and worked for the B. F. Black Lumber Co. in Dallas City. He learned carriage painting and worked at that trade for three years off and on in a local carriage factory, and for 2Vb years worked in a button factory. The first three years of his medical education were passed in the Physicians and Surgeons College at Keokuk, Iowa, but he took his senior year of work in the College of Physicians and Surgeons at St. Louis, where he was graduated M. D. with the class of 1909. A few weeks after graduation in July, 1909, he came to Oklahoma and located at Canton. While some other physicians had preceded him and were in practice at that time, Doctor Padberg is now the oldest in point of continuous service among the representatives of the medical profession at that town. He enjoys a very profitable general practice both in medicine and surgery, is a member of the County and State Medical societies and the American Medical Association, and his offices are in the Bank of Canton Building.
In politics he is a republican. Doctor Padberg is affiliated with Hancock Lodge No. 56 of the Knights of Pythias at Dallas City, Illinois, and with Canton Lodge No. 418, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. In July, 1911, at Wichita, Kansas, he married Miss Mayme Thomas, whose former home was in Vermilion, Kansas. They have one daughter, Louise.