Book recounts baby doctor’s trail to Sheboygan

The Sheboygan County Historical Research Center announces the release of its latest historical book, Days to Remember by Arved Ojamaa Ashby, M.D.

This is a different autobiography than most. Ashby was born in Estonia on the Finnish Sea Aug. 8, 1922. Soviet armed forces brutally occupied his home country in 1940, and a carefree and idyllic life gave way to a time of uncertainty, fear, and death. He evaded the Russian draft in 1941 before he joined the military forces that liberated his home country.

In 1943, he started his medical studies at the University of Tartu in Estonia. He fled to Finland to escape the German military draft, and fought the Russians as part of the Finnish army. He then escaped from the Germans. Ojamaa Ashby was a man with no country and no home.

Shortly after immigration to the United States in 1951, Ashby was fortunate to be accepted into medical school at the University of California, San Francisco. It took him 12 years and studies at four universities in four countries to reach his goal of becoming a doctor, but in 1955 he earned his M.D.

With his medical degree in hand, Ashby spent a year of internship at Queens General Hospital in New York, then continued his studies at the University of Kansas Medical Center specializing in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Ashby moved with his young family to Wisconsin, where he opened his medical practice in 1960, at the Sheboygan Clinic. He retired in December 1989, having delivered thousands of babies.

This book, a reprint of the two memoirs Capful of Wind and The Wind at my Back, tells of Ashby’s traumatic but ultimately successful story – a coming of age story, and a story of emigration and survival.

Available at the Research Center, 518 Water St. Sheboygan Falls for $19.99, this 462-page volume is a page-turner. You can order via phone, (920) 467-4667 or online in the store at

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