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Below is a family biography included in Biographical Record of Oakland County, Michigan published by Biographical Publishing Company in 1903.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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C. A. De Cou, M. D., proprietor of Dr. De Cou’s Cancer Institute, at Orion, Oakland County, Michigan, was born on North Manitou Island, Leelanau County, Michigan, November 11, 1862, and is a son of Jacob and Frances (Pfluger) De Cou.

Dr. Jacob De Cou, who is a native of New York, came to Michigan in young manhood. He has always been interested in scientific medicine and for many years has made cancer a subject of exhaustive study. For more than 30 years he has been known as a successful physician of Orion and Detroit. His treatment has been for external cancer only and so efficacious has it been that thousands of sufferers all over the country willingly testify to their cures.

Our subject was educated in the local schools and the Michigan College of Medicine, now the Detroit College of Medicine, and was graduated in 1884. He then engaged in practice with his father, at the Cancer Institute at Detroit, which was moved to Orion in 1888, and has a capacity of 20 patients. The sufferers from the dread disease come for treatment from every section of the country and none has failed to be benefited and the majority have been cured by the special treatment originated and carried out by the Drs. De Cou. In 1896 the elder physician returned to Detroit and the Cancer Institute is now under the sole charge of our subject. Thousands of dollars have been expended in the search for, the very remedy which Dr. De Cou uses with such success.

In 1887 Dr. De Cou was married to Maggie De Cou of Pendleton, Niagara County, New York, and three children have been born to them, namely: Marcella, Marguerite and Mildred.

Dr. De Cou has served one year as health officer of the village and has also been one of the councilmen. Fraternally he belongs to the Lodge No. 46, F. & A. M., of Orion, and the Chapter, R. A. M., of Oxford; Independent Order of Foresters; the K. O. T. M.; Knights of the Loyal Guards; Tribe of Ben Hur and the Knights of Pythias of Oxford. Dr. De Cou combines with his professional knowledge the devotion of an enthusiast which has made him eminently successful. He is a recognized authority on the subject of external cancer, and his cures entitle him to be ranked with the benefactors of the human race.

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