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Dr. Edward P. Wilbur Collection

Identifier: RH-A-3782

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of one 1913 envelope and billing statement addressed to Jacob Imerzel, and one blank billing statement circa 1915 from Dr. Edward P. Wilbur of Kalamazoo, MI.


  • Creation: 1913 and 1915

Biographical / Historical

Jacob Imerzel was born November 21, 1865 in Schirdam, Netherlands. He came to the United States in 1874. A carpenter by trade, he married Lillian F. Reed (1870-1893) on April 30, 1889 in Kalamazoo, MI. Lillian and Jacob had two children Lyla G. (1890-1947) and Clyde D. (1892-?). After Lillian’s death, Jacob married Jennie James (1873-1958) on November 27, 1895 in Kalamazoo. Jennie and Jacob had one child Leo James (1896-1974). Jacob died December 7, 1956 in Kalamazoo, MI.

Dr. Edward Peyton Wilbur was born on November 20, 1873 in Jacksonville, IL. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1897. He married Mary T. Cobb (January 26, 1880- Dec. 1963) on April 12, 1900 in Kalamazoo, MI. Edward and Mary had two sons Edward C. (1901-1993) and James Taylor (1907-1981).

Dr. Wilbur was on the board of trustees of the Kalamazoo State Hospital from 1917-1922, a member of the state hospital commission from 1922-1937, and was chief of staff at Borgess Hospital from 1925-1938. He retired from medicine in 1947. Dr. Wilbur died on September 29, 1963.

Dr. Ralph Bryan Fast was born on October 24, 1897 in St. Marys, OH. He married Ruth Elizabeth Shepard (11/30/1896- 11/20/1979) on August 19, 1924. They had three children. Martha L. (b. 1927), Philip S. (b.1932), and Stephen H. (b. 1933). According to Kalamazoo City directories, Ralph began practicing medicine at 1410 Kalamazoo Trust Building with Edward Wilbur around 1930. Ralph died in Kalamazoo, MI on March 26, 1959.


0.05 Cubic Feet

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Physical Description

This collection amounts to 0.05 cubic feet of space and is comprised of one 1913 envelope measuring 5 ¾”X3 3/8,” a billing statement addressed to Jacob Imerzel from Dr. Edward P. Wilbur measuring 5 ½”X5 ¾,” and one blank billing statement circa. 1915 from Dr. Edward P. Wilbur and Dr. Ralph B. Fast of Kalamazoo, MI measuring 6 3/8”X5 1/8.” All items are in good condition except for tearing where the envelope was opened and slight yellowing of the paper from age.


Purchased with funds from the Starring Endowment

Dr. Edward P. Wilbur Collection Finding Aid
Ashley Kirvan
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
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