~ John Joseph Lace, M.D. was born October 8, 1838 on the Isle of Man. He was educated in the land of his birth and also taught school there.
At the age of 19, he came to America and worked in New
York and Philadelphia. He was in the hospital corps during
he Civil War and was at the battle of Gettysburg. He attended medical college in Philadelphia, after the war, graduating
on 1870. He worked his way through school by acting as a book gent and teaching summer school.
On May 18, 1871, he married Leah Etta Pierson in New
they had two children, John Joseph Jr~ & LettieC. Lace.
Dr. Lace practiced in a New York hospital for two years and then went to Providence. About 1875 he moved to Burrillville and was associated with Dr. Joslin of Glendale. Six years later he moved to pascoag where he lived the rest of his life.
He was a Democrat who served eleven years on the town school committee starting in 1893. He was also a member of the town
committee and was elected to the state House of Representatives
and later to the State Senate, representing Burrillville.
John Joseph Lace died October 18, 1908 while calling at he home of a friend in Glendale, RI. He was a true country doctor, right to the end.
above mini biography was taken from a lengthy obituary
Ann and I enjoyed translating this account from the tiny notebook in which it was documented. Some words were not distinguishable, so we left them blank. We'll leave it up to he reader to fill in the blanks
we hope that all who read this will get as much enjoyment of his travels as we did.
A. John Prokopowicz