Had State Wide Reputation As Cancer Specialist.
In the death of Dr. M.S. Rochelle Wichita has lost one of its philanthropists and a noted specialist. After an illness of eleven months from paralysis, Dr. Rochelle passed away at his former home, 331 South Dodge avenue, last evening. Eleven months ago he was taken ill and since that time was unable to leave his bed. Always one of the most active of physicians, always a man of business and an [sic] thorough student of his practice, he was never too busy to devote his services and talents to those who were unable to pay for his services.
Since Dr. Rochelle’s coming to Wichita in January 1872, he had treated three thousand patients suffering from cancers, that being his specialty. People suffering from this ailment from all parts of the country have come to Wichita to receive treatment from Dr. Rochelle. He was one of the kindest hearted men in the city. He was generous to a fault and would doubtless have been one of the wealthiest men in the city, had his efforts always been repaid in money. Many were the people who were cured or received treatment from him without cost.
Born in Columbus, Ohio.
Dr. Rochelle, was born in Columbus, Ohio, on November 25, 1842. He was married to Miss Hanson of the same place, September 6, 1860. For the past eighteen years of his residence in the city he had resided at his home on South Dodge avenue, West Wichita, where he was living at the time of his death. He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and was one of the best loved and respected men in that organization as well as among his more immediate friends.
He is survived by his wife and two sons. His elder son, Dr. H.L. Rochelle of Kansas City, was with his father the two weeks preceding his death. The younger son, C.C. Rochelle is a resident of the city. There are also two grandchildren, a brother and three sisters who survive him. His brothers and sisters reside in Columbus, Ohio. The date of the funeral has not been set, as the family is waiting to hear from the Ohio relatives. Burial will be in Maple Grove cemetery.
Source: Wichita Beacon, June 26, 1908.