Daniel C. Darrow, M. D., president of the Moorhead Hospital, is one of the leading surgeons of the Red River valley. He was born in Neenah, Wisconsin, on January 4, 1850, and came from New England ancestry. His parents were Daniel C. and Isabella (Murray) Darrow, both born and reared in New York state, and moved to Wisconsin in the year 1846, when the country was new and the principal industry was farming and trading with the Indians. They settled on a farm in Winnebago county, where they endured for years the usual privations of pioneer life and spent the remainder of their days.
Dr. Darrow obtained his primary learning in the public schools of Neenah, Wisconsin, and entered the Kush Medical College of Chicago, Illinois, from which he graduated with the class of 1884, with the degree of M. D., and thoroughly familiar with all the details of the medical profession. Enthused with the reports of the western country, he decided to make his first venture at practice in Minnesota, and soon after his graduation he moved to Moorhead, where he at once commenced the successful practice he has since continued. In 1893 he established the Darrow Hospital in Moorhead, which was thoroughly modern and up-to-date, and this was the first hospital in the valley equipped with a private operating room. This hospital was merged into the present Moorhead Hospital, with Dr. Darrow at its head, where he has since remained, and the institution has the reputation of being one of the best in the state.
Dr. Darrow is in touch with the medical life and thought of the day, belongs to the Clay-Becker Medical Society, of which he was president for some years, and is a member of both the Minnesota State and the American Medical Associations. He was also for a number of years city and county physician of Moorhead and Clay county, and was county coroner for twelve years, and his skill and experience, together with his broad, progressive thought, have made his opinions universally respected.
On January 4, 1872, Dr. Darrow and Miss Alia M. Stone, daughter of Richard and Sarah Elizabeth Stone, of Winnebago county, Wisconsin, were united in marriage. Dr. and Mrs. Darrow have two children, viz. : Bertha, now Mrs. Charles Loring, of Moorhead, and Edith B., now Mrs. Joseph Godfrey, of Crookston, Minnesota.
The doctor is a charter member of the Commercial Club of Moorhead, member of the I. O. O. F. since 1886, and also is a leading neighbor in the M. W. A.
C.F. Cooper & Company, History of the Red River Valley, Past And Present: Including an Account of the Counties, Cities, Towns And Villages of the Valley From the Time of Their First Settlement And Formation, volumes 1-2; Grand Forks: Herald printing company, 1909.