Biography of William A. Kriesel, M. D.

Dr. William A. Kriesel, a respected and popular member of the medical profession, has established a successful practice in Milbank. Born in Holmesville, Indiana, in 1870, he received his education in Stillwater and graduated as a Doctor of Medicine in 1897. Dr. Kriesel’s dedication to medicine is evident through his involvement in various medical societies and associations. He is known for his skill as a physician and surgeon, serving the community with distinction. Additionally, Dr. Kriesel is active in public affairs, affiliated with fraternal organizations, and deeply committed to his role as a Republican and a member of the Episcopal Church.

WILLIAM A. KRIESEL, M. D., one of the able and popular members of the medical profession, is successfully established in practice at Milbank. He was born in Holmesville, Laporte County, Indiana, on the 4th of September, 1870, and is a son of August G. and Julia (Glander) Kriesel, both of whom were born and reared in Germany, whence they emigrated to Indiana in 1862, where they remained until 1874 when they removed to Stillwater, Minnesota, where the father has since been engaged as a successful contractor and builder. His wife died in 1893, at the age of forty-two years, and of her three sons and four daughters, the subject and three of the daughters are living. Dr. Kriesel received his early educational training in Stillwater, having been graduated from the high school with the class of 1891. He took up the study of medicine in the city hospital of Stillwater under Drs. Turner, Clark, and Merrill. In 1893, he was matriculated in the medical department of Hamline University in the city of Minneapolis and was graduated as a Doctor of Medicine on the 10th of June, 1897. On the 21st of January, 1898, he was united in marriage in Minneapolis to Miss Genevieve A. Loft. Dr. Kriesel located at Big Stone City, Grant County, South Dakota, in 1898, and was there engaged in practice for the ensuing eighteen months when he moved to Milbank, where he has attained an excellent practice of representative order. He is a member of the State Medical Society and the Aberdeen District Medical Society, as well as the American Medical Association and the National Association of Pension Examining Surgeons, having served as a member of the board of pension examiners for Grant County since 1899. He is president of the county and city boards of health and is known as an able and discriminating physician and surgeon and as one earnestly devoted to the work of his chosen profession. He is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias and the Modern Woodmen of America. The Doctor takes a deep interest in public affairs of a local nature and is an uncompromising Republican. He is serving as county coroner and is assistant surgeon of the Second Regiment of the National Guard under the rank of captain. He was one of the committee of physicians that formulated the bill regarding and governing the practice of medicine in the state as enacted in the last general assembly and did effective work in the “third house” in advocating the measure. He is an examiner for a large number of leading life insurance companies, notably the Fidelity Mutual, the Germania, the Mutual Life, the Washington Life, the Northwestern Mutual, and the Home Life, as well as for various fraternal insurance orders. Dr. and Mrs. Kriesel are communicants of Christ Protestant Episcopal Church and are actively involved in the work of the parish. They have one daughter, Leotta. Their attractive residence is located on South Fourth Street and is a center of gracious hospitality.


Robinson, Doane, History of South Dakota: together with mention of Citizens of South Dakota, [Logansport? IN] : B. F. Bowen, 1904.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top