ARAXIA KASSABIAN INFORMATION SOUGHT
CHRIS L. HEIMLER
COOPERSVILLE AREA HISTORIAN
Dr. Nushan H. Kassabian was born September 12, 1866 in Egin Armenia. He came to America in 1892 from England, and graduated from Northwestern University in Chicago in 1896. The next year he sent for his wife Margaret Jamgochian because of the massacres that were taking place in Armenia. In December of 1899 Dr. Kassabian & Wife and son Armen L. (A very well know Architect in the Detroit Area) who was nearly two years old moved to Coopersville, Michigan.
On December 30, 1900 daughter Araxia M. Kassabian was born she was named after the Araxes River in Armenia. She was born in the same home in which I currently live in. Dr. Kassabian set up an office in the Center St. Home and had a very successful career as a Country Doctor. On December 31, 1911 a day after her only daughters eleventh birthday, Margaret N. Kassabian passed away at her home from Pernicious Anemia, she was only 39 years old.
In September of 1915 Dr. Kassabian & Family moved to Detroit, Michigan later settling in Highland Park, Michigan (Suburb of Detroit) where Dr. Kassabian would live out the rest of his Life. Dr. Kassabian kept going back to Coopersville, Michigan (Center St. Home) every three weeks to tend to patients until January of 1925 when Armen & Araxia sold the Center St. Home.
Araxia M. Kassabian was entered into the Famous Wayne County General Hospital and Infirmary also known as Eloise Hospital on January 31, 1942 at the request of Armen L. Kassabian (Brother) who felt that she would be better cared for and wouldn’t be a burden to Dr. Kassabian (76 years old in 1942) who was still practicing medicine and would practice nearly to age 90. Araxia spent most all if not all of her life until 1942 with Dr. N. H. Kassabian where she assisted him in his Medical Practice and taking care of the home and caring after him as well. Araxia Kassabian passed away February 4, 1960 at Wayne County General Hospital and Infirmary; she was only 59 years old. She was never married. Araxia was buried in Coopersville, Michigan without any obituary or Funeral services it is if she never really existed. But I along with many know she did.
After losing his only daughter and the child he dearly loved, Dr. Nushan H. Kassabian would pass away three months later on Friday, May 13, 1960 in Highland Park Hospital, he was 93 years old. Dr. N. H. Kassabian would be buried in Coopersville, Michigan next to his wife, his mother, and only daughter, to live in eternity with.
Armen Lincoln Kassabian passed away in 1985 after 62 + years as an Architect and Builder, he was 88 years old. Armen “Al” Kassabian & Wife Elizabeth had two sons Raymond (Still Living) and Richard who passed away in 1992.
I am most interested in more information regarding Miss Araxia M. Kassabian because of her status in the Hospital, living descendents were not aware that Armen L. Kassabian had a sister and even that Dr. N. H. Kassabian had a daughter. Relatives who did know about her did not dare to ask Armen “Al” Kassabian because of his stern rejection of answering any questions about her. Many people were even told to shut up if they brought her name up around Armen Kassabian. It has been over 40 years since her passing and I know there is someone out there who does know something about Araxia Kassabian. I would sincerely encourage anyone with ANY information to please come forward, your Identity will be kept secret and I promise everything will be purely confidential. I would like to know more about Araxia Kassabian for a biography of the family that I am currently writing about. Not only am I interested in more information for my book, but I am also a descendent of the Kassabian Family as well. So please I ask anyone with any information to please come forward about this wonderful human being who the world lost to soon. Even if it is information that may not seem worth while to you, it certainly will be to me. Any Historical Information and if possible Photographs of Araxia Kassabian will be greatly appreciated. Please Contact me immediately!!
Thanks So Much For Your Time and Help!! My Sincere and Best Wishes!! I Hope Someone Can Help:)
Chris L. Heimler
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