Waste family history section

Dr. J. P. Waste

(John Pratt Waste)

1837 - 1906

and Helen Higgins


Birth: Feb. 17, 1837 in Greenwich, Washington County, New York

Death: December, 1906


Known as J. P. Waste, his name was actually John Pratt Waste. John was the son of Luke Waste and Hannah Pratt. His grandparents were Bezaleel and Diadama Waste.

John was born and raised in Ohio. When he grew up he began studying medicine. In the 1860 census, John Waste, a medical student, was counted in the household of Dr. William McCuller Hayford of Hartland Township, Livingston County, Michigan. After attending two full courses of lectures from 1860-1864 at the Michigan University, John graduated at the Cleveland Medical College. He enlisted as an Assistant Surgeon on March 10, 1865 at the age of 29. He received a commission in Company S, 193rd Infantry Regiment Ohio on March 13, 1865. His record says "Distinguished Service". After the successful conclusion of the war he was mustered out on August 4, 1865 in Winchester, Virginia.

Dr. Waste came to Plainview, Wabasha County, Wisconsin in September, 1865, from Ohio. He married Helen Higgins of Mayfield, Cuyahoga County, Ohio in 1867. Together they had four children, two boys and two girls. Their son Willie died young and was buried in Plainview Cemetery.


Helen S. Higgins

Birth: 1842
Death: Nov. 4, 1923

J. P. Waste married Helen Higgins of Mayfield, Cuyahoga County, Ohio in 1867. They lived in Plainview, Minnesota and had four children together.


J. P. Waste was elected State Senator in the Minnesota State Senate, 15th District during 1871-1872. The 1880 census listed his parents, Luke and Hannah Waste as residents of Plainview also.

See the following biographical sketch for more about Dr. J. P. Waste.



 Plainview, Wabasha County, Minnesota, 1874

Wabasha County is located on the Mississippi River across from Wisconsin.


Children of Dr. J. P. Waste and Helen Waste

Willie Waste died at an early age. He was buried in Plainview , Minnesota.
Mina Waste, born in 1870 in Plainview, Minnesota.
John Waste, born Jan. 3, 1873 in Plainview, Minn. The 1920 census listed John as a resident of Plainview. John died on Nov. 12, 1961.
Nellie Waste, born in 1877 in Plainview, Minn.


From a book about Wabasha Co. Minnesota

Published 1884


War of Rebellion (Civil War)

Waste M.D., J. P., came to Plainview in September, 1865, from Ohio. Previous to this he served as assistant surgeon in the 193d Ohio Inf. for eight months. After attending two full courses of lectures from 1860-4 at the Michigan University, he graduated at the Cleveland Medical College. Dr. Waste was born at Greenwich, Washington county, New York, February 17, 1837. He received the advantage of an early public school and academic education. He is a Freemason of high standing, and is also a member of the I.O.O.F., having held the position of noble grand for one term, and financial secretary for two years. During the year 1871-2 he was elected state senator on the republican ticket. He is a member of both state and county medical societies. In 1867 he was married to Miss Helen S. Higgins, of Mayfield, Ohio, who subsequently presented him with two sons and two daughters. One son, Willie, is deceased and buried in Plainview Cemetery. The doctor is a gentleman high in the esteem of the community, having for several years officiated as trustee of the Methodist church.


The Cuyahoga County, Ohio, History of Mayfield contained this reference


Lucinda MILLER (Mrs. Henry HIGGINS) came from the East to Augurn in 1844, rode the entire distance in a lumber wagon with her husband and three children, was fourteen days on the road, then moved to Newburg, and came from there to Mayfield. She was a member of the Disciple Church a great many years, was an excellent nurse, cultivated and loved flowers, and was a great reader. Her daughters who came with her were Helen, who married Dr. WASTE, and Rosina, who married Greer PAGE.


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