Archibald W. Graham, M.D.

(Editor’s note: a fictionalized version of Dr. Graham is depicted in the novel and movie Field of Dreams.)

Archibald “Moonlight” Graham. (Image: Public Domain)

Medical science in the twentieth century has reached great heights, and the natural question may arise, why is this true? A comprehensive enough answer, however, would require much space in the telling, and, after all, it may be sufficiently summed up in the statement that twentieth century physicians are largely responsible. To gain eminence in the medical profession today a physician must be an inexhaustive student, a daring experimenter and an assured scientist. Not every earnest Student of medicine finds time or opportunity for such profound studies, but his trend is in that direction, and it is usually found that the best informed man in any community on every subject will be the general medical practitioner. Attention may thus be called to Dr. Archibald W. Graham, who is prominent professionally and a foremost citizen of Chisholm, Minnesota, with a practice that extends to other points.

Doctor Graham was born October 10, 1879, at Fayetteville, North Carolina, and is a son of Alexander and Kate (Sloan) Graham. Both parents were born in North Carolina and both are of Scotch-Irish extraction.

They were married in 1877, and Doctor Graham is the second of their family of nine children. His father is still active as a lawyer although in his seventy-sixth year, the family home still continuing to be in Columbus County. Archibald W. Graham attended school at Charlotte and was graduated from the high school in 1897. He secured his medical education in the University of North Carolina and the University of Maryland, being graduated from the former institution in 1901, with the degree of Bachelor of Arts, and from the latter in 1905, with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. During his senior year in the medical school of the University of Maryland he was demonstrator of anatomy.

During 1906 Doctor Graham did post graduate work in pathology in Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and spent the three succeeding years as an intern in the New York Post Graduate, the Lying-in, the Willard Parker and Columbus Hospitals. In 1909 he came to Chisholm and was associated here with Rood Hospital until 1916, since when he has carried on a general practice, spending two months of each year in post graduate work, specializing in the New York hospitals in the eye, ear, nose and throat, his patients in Chisholm being benefited by his observation and experience.

Doctor Graham is an enthusiast on out-door sports and gives a measure of credit for his athletic build and uniform sound health to the good fortune that in boyhood and youth he was a ball player, in which he made a somewhat notable reputation. While attending medical college he played on the baseball and football teams, and during the summers of 1905 and 1906 played professional baseball, being outfielder on the New York National League team. After coming to St. Louis County he served one year as health officer at Chisholm.

Doctor Graham was married September 29, 1915, to Miss Alicia Madden, who was born at Rochester, Minnesota, and is of Scotch-Irish ancestry. Dr. and Mrs. Graham are members of the Presbyterian Church. In his political attitude he is a Democrat, and fraternally is a Mason, belonging to Hematite Lodge No. 274, Free and Accepted Masons, at Chisholm.


  • Van Brunt, Walter, ed. Duluth and St. Louis County, Minnesota Vols. 1 – 3. The American Historical Society. Chicago: 1922.
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