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than the minimum specified in the schedule of the
Society ; and that they will sustain each other in
every honorable endeavor to obtain the payment
of the same by the Board of Supervisors."

The minimum fee for making a postmortem
examination by order of the Coroner was increased
from $10 to $20 when made before, and from $20
to $40, when made after interment.



The Society has not confined its eiforts to merely
local matters, but has aimed to exert a national
influence in the interests of the profession and of
humanity. Jan. 12, 1870, consideration was given
to the case of Passed Assistant Surgeon Charles
L. Green, of the United States Navy, who was
convicted by court martial for refusing to discharge
from the sick Ust an ordinary seaman, who, in his
opinion, was unfit for duty, and a committee was
appointed to invite the attention of Hon. John H.
Ketcham, Representative in Congress from this
district, to the importance of appropriate legisla-
tive action. Jan. 11, 1871, that committee re-
ported the following resolutions, which were
adopted and ordered forwarded to the Representa-
tive in Congress, who was urged to use his influence
towards procuring such legislation as would place
the medical staff on a proper footing : —

''Resolved, That the position of the medical ofl5-
cers of the navy is not that which ought to be
given to them in view of the importance and es-
sential dignity of their duties ; and that in oppos-
ing the proper assimilation in rank, the officers of
the Une have not shown that courtesy and liber-
ality which the members of one Uberal profession
have a right to expect from the members of
another.

"Resolved, That, in our opinion, the medical
staff of the United States Navy ought to be
ranked so as to correspond in its position with the
same service in other nations, and with the like
service in our own army.

"Resolved, That, our Representative in Congress
be requested to aid in giving the medical staff a
more dignified position by urging such amendments
to the law as may be necessary for that purpose."

At this meeting of Jan. ir, 1871, the subject
of diphtheria, which for some time, and at a
period of nine years previously, had been epidemic
in his neighborhood, was introduced by Dr. Green,
and Drs. Beadle, Mead, Doughty, Andrus, Under-
bill, Webb and Young took part in the discussion
which ensued on this disease, which Dr. Green
defined as blood poisoning. At this meeting, also,
a proposition was made to offer two premiums,
one of $30 and one of $20, for essays on subjects
related to medicine, to be awarded respectively to
the first and second in order of merit. The project
of more frequent meetings was also discussed.

June 14, 187 1, the Society met in the Baptist
church at Bangall. By invitation the Rev. Mr.
Moore offered prayer. This is the first recorded
instance of such exercise in the meetings of the
Society.

August 14, 1872, the following was adopted by
a vote of nine to four : —



io8



HISTORY OF DUCHESS COUNTY.



"Resolved, That after the ist of January, 1873,
the members of this Society will meet in consulta-
tion, only members of a Society affiliated with the
Medical Society of the State of New York."

Drs. Pine, Payne, Cooper, Harvey, Parker,
Devan, Van Duser, Webb and Hubbard voted for,
and Drs. Campbell, Stillman, Barnes knd Cunning-
ham against it. The action was rescinded Jan.
8, 1873.

Nov. 12, 1872, it is recorded: —
" A quorum faiUng to assemble at the time and
place appointed, no meeting was held.

" This failure should doubtless be ascribed to
the universal prevalence of influenza among the
horses, by reason of which travel in the country is
about suspended; and by no means to a distaste
among members for the further discussion of
questions of ethics.

A. Hasbrouck, Secretary."
June II, 1873, it was resolved that the meeting
held the second Wednesday in January of each
year at Poughkeepsie should be annual, and that
held the second Wednesday in June semi-annual.
In 1874, the Legislature, in a measure, put up
the barriers taken down in 1844, so far as to dis-
criminate against quackery, but not against regular
schools of medicine. This law was discussed in a
meeting of the Society of great interest Jan. 13,
1875. It requires practitioners to have a license
from a medical society, or to be graduates from a
medical college. May 29, 1880, an act was passed
by the Legislature requiring medical practitioners
to register in the County Clerk's office, their name,
residence, place of birth, and authority for practic-
ing. Both these laws make illegal practice punish-
able by fine or imprisonment or both.

The records of the Society during the last decade
of its existence evince a marked increased interest
and larger attendance at its meetings. Papers of
great interest and wide scope have been read, and
these with numerous reported cases have elicited
a general and enlightened discussion. The m;eet-
ings, though most frequently held at Poughkeepsie,
have been rotated to various parts of the county!
The following named gentlemen * have served
the society as presidents : —

Samuel Bard 1806-1812

Benjamm De Lavergne i g j ,

John Thomas ! .' .' .'isM-iSis

James Downs ,0 J

urijudd :: ;^i;

Huntington SherriU :;8;8,' 1824

David Tomhnson tRt

Bartow White ^^^

J^hn^^^^per_____^^^^^^



John Dodge 1822

Shadrach Ricketson 1823

Henry D. Sleight 1825

Wheeler Gilbert 1826

David L. Dodge 1827

John Barnes 1828, 1834

Stoddard Judd 1829, 1835

Abijah G. Benedict 1830-32,* i84o-'42

Eliphalet Piatt 1833

William Thomas 1836-37

Richard A. Varick 1839, i86i-'66t

Nelson Andrews 1843

George W. Leach 1844

Calvert Canfield i845-'54-'58f

Lewis H. White 1867-1876

Beadle i877-'78

D. Guernsey iS79-'8o

Per Lee Pine 1 88 1

Officers elected January 12, 1881 : — ~
President — Per Lee Pine.
Vice-President — N. M. Van Duser.
Secretary — Guy C. Bayley.
Treasurer — C. H. Langdon.
Delegates to American Medical Association — A
B. Harvey, R. K. Tuthill, D. Guernsey.

Following is a list of the names of members who
have joined the society since its organization, as
far as they can be ascertained from the records.
The right hand column of dates represents the
time they were admitted to membership, or when
their names first appear on the records as
members; the left hand column, the time those
who were licensed by the society received their
license : —

Adams Frank W., Fishkill-on-

Hudson, June II, 1873.
Allen Stephen, Stanford, May 9,

1809.

Andrews Nelson, Hyde Park, May 12, 1835

Andrus C. H., Po'keepsie City, Nov. 14, 1854.

Annon Daniel D., Nov. 13, 1821.

Anthony Theodore V.W.,Fishkill, Nov. 8, 182?.

Baker R N., Rhinebeck, Jan. 9 ,878.
Bancroft Rolandus, Newtown, Ct.,

Jan. 22, 1808.

Banks James L., New York City,

(honorary,) ju„e 13, 1877.

Bard Samuel, Hyde Park, Nov. — 1806

Barker Samuel A,, Nov. 21, 1816. '-

Barnes Edwin, Pine Plains, ' May 14, 1867.

Barnes Enos, Clinton, 1814, May 9, 1815.

Barnes John, Po'keepsie City, Nov. 8, 1814.""

Barnes Peter, « " Nqv. 10, 1835.

Barns John H., « « Dec. 7, 1843.

Barras George, Fishkill, 1808.

Bartlett Richard, Stanford, Sept. 20, x8o6.
Bartlett R. N., Ver; early.

^^rton T. F., June 12, 18/8.

* No election was held in iSjl, owing to the small number in attendance,
t No election is recorded between 1861 and 1866.

* No election is recorded between 1845 and 1854, and 1854 and 1859.



MEMBERS OF THE MEDICAL SOCIETY OF DUCHESS COUNTY.



109



Bartow Leonard, Fishkill,
Bates John, Red Hook,
Bayley Guy C, Po'keepsie City,
Beadle Edward L., Pleasant Val-
ley,
Beadle Edward L., Po'keepsie

City,
Beers Isaac,

Beers Vileroy, Hyde Park,
Bell Wm. P., Fishkill,
Benedict Abijah G., Red Hook,
May 9, 1815,
Bennett M., 1834.

Beiry Abraham, Clinton, May
II, 1819.
Berry Charles H., Dover Plains,
Berry Cyrus, Clinton,
Bierce Columbus, Amenia, May
14, 1816.
Bird J. SterUng, Hyde Park,
Bloss Samuel, Po'keepsie City,
April — , 1824,
Bockee Jacob, Po'keepsie City,
Bolton Edward C, Poughkeepsie

City,
Bolsford Charles,
Brown Paul R., Salt Point,
Buckman Amasa, Stanford,
Burnett Joshua I., May 9, 1809.
Burras George, Jan. 22, 1808.
Campbell Cornelius N., Pough-
keepsie City,
Canfield Calvert, Pleasant Val-
ley,
Carey Ebenezer, Beeknian,
Carey Egbert, Beekman, May B,

i8io,
Carhart Edward W., Stanfordville,
Carrington Henry A., Hyde Park,
Carroll R. J., Red Hook, .
Carter N. M., Po'keepsie City,
Case John, Palmer, 181 7.

Chamberlain John, Po'keepsie,
Chapman Geo. B., Amenia Union,
Cheesraan John C, M. D., New

York, (honorary,)
Chichester Isaac,
Child Caleb, Poughkeepsie,

Childs — . ; Po'keepsie City,

Church John, May 11, 1819,
Cleveland J. M., Hudson River

Hospital,
Cole Charles E., Jackson Corners,
Conklin Ebenezer H., Nov, 14,

1815.
Conklin Wm. J., Fishkill,
Cook George W., CHnton,
Cooke James S., May 9, 1809,
Cookingham H. L., Staatsburgh,
Cooper. John, Fishkill, 1808.

Cooper John, Poughkeepsie, Jan.
22, 1808,
Cooper John R., Po'keepsie City,
Cornell Isaac M., New Hamburgh,



May 8, 182 1.
Nov. 9, 1841.
Jan. 8, 1873.

Nov. 10, 1829.

May 14, 1867.
Nov. — , 1823.
May 12, 1818.
Nov. 14, 1854.

May 14, 1816.



Jan. 12, 1869.
Sept. 20, i8o6.



Nov. 13, 1866.

Nov. — , 1824.
Nov. 10, 1840.

Jan. 14, 1868.
May 10, 1842.
Jan. 14, 1868.
Sept. 20, 1806.



Nov. 14, 1854.

Nov. II, 1817.
Sept. 20, 1806.

Nov. 12, 181 1.
June 12, 1878.
Aug. 9, 1859.
Jan. 9, 1878.
Nov. 13, 1866.

Sept. 20, 1806.
June 14, 1876.

May 13, 1834.
Nov. II, 1817.
Sept. 20, 1806.
May 8, 1838.
Nov. 8, 1825.

Jan. 8, 1873.
June 12, 1872.



June 8, 1870.

Sept. 20, 1806.

Nov. 12, 181 1.

About 1872.



May 10, 1808.

1858.

Jan. 9, 1878.



Cortelyou Lawrence V., Pough-
keepsie City, June II, 1873.

Couch John W., May 12, 1818, May 8, 1821.

Coutant G. E., Poughkeepsie, Jan. 14, 1880.

Covel James, "

May II, 1819.

Cox John Palmer, May 12, 181 7, May 9, 1820.

Crosby Cyrenus, Amenia, Apr. 28, 1812.

Crusie Thomas K., Wappingers

I^alls, Jan. 12, 1875.

Curtis Charles P., Fishkill, June 11, 1873.

Davis Jacob J. H., Mar. g, 1819, May 9, 1820.

Day Fisher, Nov. 10, 181 3,

Dayton Daniel, Poughkeepsie, Sept. 20, 1806.

Delamater Abraham, May 11, 1807.

Delamater David D., May 13,

1817,

Delavan David, Pawling, Sept. 20, 1806.

DeLavergne Benjamin, Washing-
ton, Sept. 20, 1806.

Deming , Sharon, Ct., (hon-
orary,) June 12,1872.

Devan J. N., Pleasant Valley, Nov. 13, 1866.

Devine Joel, Poughkeepsie City,

1840, May II, 1841.

Dexter Harmon H., May 10, 1836,

Deyo E., Poughkeepsie, Nov. 13, 1866.

Dodge David L., Beekman, May 12, 1818.

Dodge Jeremiah, " Nov. — , 1806.

Dodge John, Jr., Poughkeepsie, Nov. 8, 1808.

Dodge John, Jr., Poughkeepsie

City, Feb. 15, 1843,

Dodge S., Poughkeepsie City, Nov. 14, 1854.

Doughty John H., Matteawan, Jan. 12, 1869.

Downs James, CUnton, Sept. 20, 1806.

Dunning Philo, May i2, 1818, Nov. 9, 1819.

Eastman John R., Nov. 8, 1836.

Ebstein L., Poughkeepsie, Nov. 13, 1866.

Eddy Caspar W., Rhinebeck, Nov. 10, 1818.

Eggleston John, May 11, 18 19,

Ely William, Clinton, Sept. 20, 1806.

Everitt Elmore, • Nov. 13, 182 1.

Ensign Lee, Dover, May 11, 1841.

Esselstine Richard, Red Hook, May 9, 1820.

Eustice Samuel, Nov. 10, 1813.

Everitt Thos. T., Po'keepsie City, Nov. 13, 1832.

Everts John, Nov. 9, 1830.

Fink W. F., Sprout Creek, Jan. 12, 1870.

Fletcher Frederick, May 12, 1835.

Foot Jeremiah, Feb. 26, 1818,

Forman James H., Hopewell Junc-
tion, Jan. 9, 1878.

Fountain Hosea, Westchester Co.

(honorary,) ^ Jan. 8, 1873.

Fountain Theodore, Fishkill, Nov. 11, 1834.

Fowler David, Orange County,

(honorary,) Nov. 11, 1834.

Fowler Peter D., Nov. 10, 1818.

Fowler Theodore, Early.

Frisby, Joseph, Nov. 10, 18 13.

Gerow Elizabeth H., Po'keepsie, June 9, 1875.

Gilbert Asher, March 19, 1822.

Gilbert Wheeler, Red Hook, Nov. 12, 181 1.

Gill Robert T., Milton, Nov. 14, 1854.



HISTORY OF DUCHESS COUNTY.



Grant Edmund F., Po'keepsie
City,

Gray , Hyde Park,

Green L., Amenia Union,
Green Lewis, LaGrangeville,
Gren Stephen S., LaGrangeville,
Greenwood Matthias P., Po'keep-
sie City,
Guernsey Desault, Amenia,
Guernsey Peter B., do
Gurnsey Ezekiel H., Stanford,
Haight Charles, Po'keepsie City,
Hall Asahel, do do

Hall Larry G., 1813.

Hallock Israel,
Halsey Abraham, Fishkill,
Hammond Thomas, Dover,

May 9, 1815,
Hammond Thomas, Dover Plains,
Harvey A. B., Po'keepsie City,
Harvey Clarence A., Po'keepsie,
Hasbrouck Stephen, Poughkeepsie

City,
Hasbrouck Alfred, Poughkeepsie

City,
Hayt Edwin,
Helms Wm. H., Westchester Co.,

(honorary,)
Herrick W., Milan,
Herrick Walter, Milan,
Hewson Benjamin, Wappingers

Falls,
Hicks Robert L.,
Hillis James G., Po'keepsie City,
Hillman John, 181 5,

Hoag Arthur F., Amenia,
Hoff Alexander H., Po'keepsie

. City,
Hoflfcut Obed, Dover, Feb. 15,

1843.
Holbrook M. R., Po'keepsie City,
Holden Edwin, " "

Dec. — , 1832,
Hommedieu Elias L.,
Hooker Wm.,

Hopkins H. Wm., La Grange,
Hosack David, Hyde Park, (hon-
orary,)
Rowland David, 1813.

Hughson Benjamin, 1819.

Hughson Walter, Po'keepsie City,
Hull Wm. B.,
Hunting J. M., Stanford,
Huntington George, La Grange-

ville,
Hurd Curtis J.,
Hurd George F.,
Hurd Darwin E.,
Hurd Milo, Nov. 14, 1815,

Hustis C, Matteawan,
Ingersoll Stephen M.,
Ives Ansel W., N. Y. City, (hon-
orary,)
Jarvis Milton B., Nov. 23, 1841.



June I, 1838.
Nov. 15, 1859.
May 14, 1867.
Nov. 13, 1866.
1868.

Nov. 13, 1866.
Nov. 13, 1866.
Very early.
Sept. 20, 1806.
Nov. 13, 1827.
Nov. 10, 1829.

Very early.
Sept. 20, 1806.

Nov. 13, 1821.
Nov. 13, 1866.
Nov. i4j [854.
Jan. 12, 1881.

May 9, 1820.

Nov. 14, 1854.
June 9, 1875-

Jan. 8, 1873.
May 14, 1867.
June II, 1879.

May 14, 1822.
Nov. II, 1817.
Nov. 14, 1854.
Nov. 9, 1819.
June II, 1879.

Nov. II, 1845.



Nov. 13, 1866.

Nov. 12, 1833.
Nov. 12, 1816.
May 14, 1822.
Nov. 12, 1839.

Nov. 12, 1833.



Nov. 14, 1837.
June 12, 1878.
May 14, 1867.

June 10, 1874.
May — , 1823.
Nov. 12, 1833.
Nov. 10, 1835.
May 14, 1816.
Jan. 13, 1875.
Nov. 9, 1819.

Nov. 10, 1835.



Jenkins James S., May 14, 1835.

Johnston, Francis U., N. Y. City,
(honorary,)

Jourdan Abra., Clermont, 1808.

Judd Stoddard, March 17, 181 9,

Judd Uri, North East,

Kellogg A. O., Hudson River
Hospital,

King Bennett, Hyde Park, May
iS> 1834.

King John B.,

Kinkhead John, Po'keepsie City

Kittridge C. M., Fishkill-on-Hud-
son,

Knapp A. H., Poughkeepsie,

Knapp David A., Union Vale,

Knickerbocker Edward, Red
Hook,

Laffen Thomas, Beekman,

Lamb Joseph T. C, Poughkeepsie,

La Monte Austin, Hydg Park,

La Monte Austin, Carmel, (hon-
orary,)

Landon Walter, Mar. 9, 1819;

Langdon Charles H., Hudson
River Hospital,

Lathrop Wm., Washington,

Leach George W., Po'keepsie
City,

Lente Frederic D., Cold Spring,
(honorary.)

Livingston Charles P., Pough-
keepsie, July 16, 1816.

Loomis Robert,

Losee Elmore, Bangall,

Losee John, Red Hook,

Manney James, Fishkill,

Marill J., Poughkeepsie City,

Marriott Jonathan,

Marvin Jonathan H.,

Mason Edgar, 1826.

McClellan Chas. H. P., Po'keep-
sie City,

Mead Isaac N., Amenia,

Moith J. E., Fishkill-on-Hudson,

Mosher Ehza M., Poughkeepsie,

Mott Valentine, M. D., New
York City, (honorary,)

Nelson Thos. J., Rhinebeck, May
12, 1818.

Nelson Theophilus, Apr. 2, 1823,

Newcomb Andrew H., Pleasant
Valley, . May 17, 1822.

Newcomb John E., Pleasant
Valley,

Nicholson Clark N., Beekman,

Northrop M. C, So. Dover,

Noxon Robert,

O'Byrne Wm. J., Po'keepsie City,

Orton Henry T., Washington,

Osborn Jedediah B., May 17, 1822.

Paine Ichabod B., Amenia,

Parker Edward H., Poughkeepsie
City,



Nov. ir, 1834.

Nov. 9, 1819.
Sept. 20, 1806.

Jan. 8, 1874.



May 12, 1835.
June II, 1879.

Jan. 13, 1875.
June, 8, 1869.
Nov. 13, 1866.

Nov. 13, 1827.
Sept. 20, 1 806.
Jan, 14, 1880.
Nov. 13, 1866.

June 12, 1872.



Jan. 12, 1875.
Sept. 20, 1806.

Nov. 12, 1833.

Jan. 12, 1869.



May 10, 183 1.
Nov. 16, 1854.
June 12, 1878.
Nov. 14, 1809.
Jan. 13, 1875.
May 9, 1820.
May 14, 181:.



Nov. 8, 1836.

June 9, 1868.

June II, 1879.

,June 9, 1875.

May 13, 1834.



May — , 1823.



Nov. 9, 1830.
Nov. 15, 1859.
May 14, 1867.
Sept. 20, 1806;
Jan. 8, 1873.

Nov. 13, 1827.

«

May 12, 1818.
Aug. 9, 1859.



MEMBERS OF THE MEDICAL SOCIETY OF DUCHESS COUNTY.



Ill



Payne John C, Po'keepsie City,
Pearce Henry, Pawling,
Peck Edgar F., Pine Plains,
Peck Wm. R.,
Pells James F.,
Per Lee John F.,
Perlee John S., Amenia,



1820.
1818.
May 12,
i8i8,
1824.
1824,



Perry John, Araenia,
Perry John, Jr., April
Piles Jas. F., (expelled Sept. 20.

1820.)
Pinckney John, Fishkill,
Pine Per Lee, Poughkeepsie City,
Pingry James O., Mabbettsville,
Piatt Eliphalet, Rhinebeck, Feb.
26, 1818,
Plumb Ovid, Washington,
Prentiss Curtis,

Price Eliphalet Rev., (honorary,)
Proal Wm. H., Wappingers Falls,
Pultz M. T., Stanfordville,
Quinlan Thomas, CUnton,
Radclifif Peter A., Rhinebeck,
Rapalje Stephen, Fishkill, 1809,
Raymond Josiah,
Read Roswell P., Po'keepsie City.
Nov. — , 1824.
Reade Ebenezer, April 3, 181 7.
Remsen L., Fishkill,
Reynolds Edw'd H., May 12,1818.
Rickertson Shadrach, Beekman,
Ring Jourdan Lewis, Hyde Park,
Jan. 22, 1808,
Ring Lewis, Rhinebeck, 1808.
Robertson Samuel,
Rockwell Lyman E., Amenia,
Rodgers David, New York City,

(honorary,)
Rodgers David L., New York City,

(honorary,)
Rogers Joseph, Fishkill,
Ruggles, Wm. B., May 9, 181 5.
Schenck John P., Jr., Matteawan,
Schenck Peter D., Fishkill,
Schofield Peter, Pawling, May 9,

1809,
Scovel James, Pawling,
Sherrill Hunting, Clinton,
Slack Henry, Fishkill-on-Hudson,
Slater James, Poughkeepsie City,
Sleight Henry D., Fishkill, May
10, 1808,
Sleight Robert A., Nov. 8, 1808.
Smith Alexander H., Hyde Park,
Smithjohn, Homer, Nov. 19,1839,
Smith John W., Amenia,
Smith Strobridge, Wappingers Falls,
Sowle Jonathan,
Stanton Luke W., Amenia,
Starr D. L., Poughkeepsie City,
Stevenson W. G., Poughkeepsie

City,
Stewart, Chas. N. F., Feb. 26, 1818.



Nov. 14, 1854.
Jan. 12, 1869.
Nov. 9, 1850.
Nov. 12, 1833.



May II, 1819.
May II, 1824.



Sept. 20, 1806.
May II, 1841.
Jan. II, 1871.



May 12,
Nov. 12,
Nov. 10,
Jan. — ,
Nov. 14,
June 14,
Sept. 20,
Nov. 9,
May 9,
Nov. 10,



1818.
1822.
1829.
1823.

1854-
187 1.
1806.
1803.
1809.
1813.



Nov. 13, 1827.

May 9, 1815.

May 8, i8io.

Nov. 10, 1835.
Jan. II, 1873.

Nov. 10, 1835.

Nov. 4, 1834.
Sept. 20, 1806.

Nov. 13, 1866.
Nov. 10, 1818.

May 8, 1810.
Sept. 20, 1806.
Nov. 14, 1809.
Jan. 8., 1873.
Oct. — , 1823

May 10, 1808.

May 12, 1835.
May II, 1841.
Sept. 20, 1806.
June 10, 1874.
Nov. 10, 1813.
May 14, 1867.
Nov. 12, 1833.

About 1873.



Stillman D. E., Pine Plains,
Stillman S., Millerton,
Stillman Sidney, "
Stringham Henry S., Po'keepsie
City, Dec. 20, 1833.

Sutherland D. R, Poughkeepsie

City,
Sutton G. L., East FishkiU,
Tabor J. Russel, Poughkeepsie

City,
Tallman Edward White, Pough-
keepsie City, Feb. 9, 1844.
Tappen Enoch Sawyer, Pough-
keepsie,
Tapping Elisha C, Poughkeepsie
City, 1813,

Thatcher Charles,
Thomas John, Fishkill,
Thomas Wm., Poughkeepsie, May
10, 1808,
Thompson Charles H., Fishkill,
Thorn James, "

Thorn John S., Washington,

Tibbies , Millerton,

Todd Ostrander D.,
Tomlinson David, Rhinebeck,
Traver Isaac H., Pleasant Valley,
Tredway Alfred, Washington,
Trivett Elias, Poughkeepsie, 1814.
Tuthill Robert K., Po'keepsie

City,
Underbill Anthony, New Hack-

ensack,
Upton George, La Grange,
Upton George, "

Upton George, Lagrangeville,
Vail Ira I., April 3, 1817,

Van Deusen, N. M., Fishkill,
Vanderburg Federal, Beekman,
Vanderhofif, Thomas P., Rhine-
beck, Oct. 31, 1826.
Van Duser A. E., Po'keepsie City,
Van Kleeck Baltus L., Pough-
keepsie,
Van Kleeck J. Livingston,

Poughkeepsie,
Vanvliet Isaac F., Rhinebeck,
Van Wyck E., New Hamburgh,
Varick Richard A., Po'keepsie

City,
Vermilyea John K., Beekman,
Waldo Charles, Poughkeepsie,
Ward David B., Po'keepsie City,
Ward Jonathan, Poughkeepsie,
Watt James,

Webb DeWitt, Poughkeepsie,
Webster Helen W., Vassar College,
Weed J., Amenia,
Wellraan George M., Dover

Plains,
Wheeler Gamaliel, Rhinebeck,

1808,
Wheeler N. W., Patterson, (hon-
orary,)



May 14, 1867.
May 14, 1867.
June 9, 1868.



June 10, 1874.
Nov. 13, 1866.

June 10, 1874.



May 14, 181 1.

Nov. 13, 1827.
May 12, 1835.
Sept. 20, 1806.



Nov.
June
Sept.
Nov.
May
Nov.
Sept.
June
Nov.



8, 1808.

9, 1868.
20, 1806.
14, 1854.
14, 1867.
II, 1834.
20, 1806.
I, 1837.

— , 1806.



Nov. 13, 1866.



Jan. 12,
May 13,
Nov. II,
Nov. 13,
May 12,
Nov, IS,
May 8,



1869
1834,

1845
1866
1818

1859
1810,



Nov. 13, 1 866.

Sept. 20, 1806.

Sept. 23, 1806.
Nov. 13, 1866.
June 9, 1875.

Nov. 13, 1827.
Nov. 9, 1830.
Sept. 20, 1806.
June II, 1879.
Nov. II, 1807.
May 14, 1867.
Nov. 13, 1866.
June 9, 1875.
May 14, 1867.

June 14, 1871.

Nov. 13, 1827.

June 12, 1872.



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HISTORY OF DUCHESS COUNTY.



Wheeler Wm. W., Rhinebeck,
White Bartow, Fishkill,
White Howell, Fishkill,
White Lewis H., Fishkill,
White Oliver, New York City,
(honorary,) June ii, 1873.
Wilber Aaron, Amenia,
Wilber S., Amenia, Feb. 26, 18 18.
Wilbur Benjamin S., Amenia,
Wilbur H. C, Pine Plains,



Sept. 20, 1806.
Sept. 20, 1806.
Jan. 14, 1880.
Nov. 10, 1829.



May 14, 1822.



May 14, 1822.
May 14, 1867.
Williams A. A. C, Poughkeepsie, Nov. 13, 1866.
Williams, Wm. S., Feb. 26, 1818, Nov. 10, 1818.
Williamson Phebe Thome, Wash-
ington, June 12, 1878.
Wilson John P., Pleasant Valley, June 12, 1872.

Wilson Stephen, Nov. 8, 1808,

Witherwaxjohn M., July 13, 1835

Wooley Milton, Clinton, Dec. 7, 1843.

Wortman Dennis, May 13, 1817, May 12, 1818.
Wright Amaziah, Poughkeepsie,

1809, Nov. 14, 1809.

Wright J. Williston, Poughkeepsie, Nov. 13, 1866.

Wyman R., Nov. 12, 1833.

Young John, Fishkill Landing, Jan. 11, 187 1.

The Homeopathic Medical Society of Duch-
ess County. — The therapeutics of the homeop-
athic school of medicine is founded on the theory
of similia similibus curantur. The principle was
discovered by Samuel Hahnemann, who was born
in Meissen, in the province of Saxony, April lo,
1755- He was an accompKshed and skillful prac-
titioner of the old school of medicine, and having
proved certain remedies upon himself and others,
he abandoned a lucrative practice under govern-
ment patronage, at Gommern, near Magdeburg, on
account of conscientious scruples against adminis-
tering drugs according to the vague formulas then
in use, and in 1796, first enunciated the principles
of homeopathy, the practice of which he com-
menced in his native place. He was soon driven
from thence by the bitter opposition he encoun-
tered, to Paris, where he met with success and
secured converts, among whom was Dr. Hans B.
Gram of Copenhagen, an American by birth, who
having won the highest grade of merit in the Royal
Academy of Surgery in that city, came to New
York in 1825, and introduced the new practice
into America, continuing it in that city till his
death in 1840, three years previous to that of his
preceptor, Hahnemann, who died in Paris in 1843.
The new system spread rapidly, notwithstanding
the prejudice and bitter opposition against it, and
was first introduced into Duchess county, in the
town of CKnton, in 1835 or '36. The first known
case of treatment by "similars," says Dr. J. F.
Merritt, late of Pleasant Plains, in his History of
Homeopathy in Duchess County, in 1865, "was one



of chronic rheumatism of twenty years' standing —
twenty years of almost unrelieved suffering and
anguish. The fame of an early pioneer of home-
opathy in Albany reached her, and she sent for
him, hoping that the thorny pillow of pain and
death might yet be softened. The doctor came,
and with his Liliputian remedies came a relief
she had long before ceased to expect in this life.
The fame of a partial cure of a case so aggravated
soon spread in the vicinity. * * * It was not long
before the tidal wave that bore to our shores the
skill and erudition of Gram sent its pulsations up
along the banks of the Hudson, bringing us frag-
mentary evidences of that terra incognita in
medicine, which was soon to loom up to our view.
Thus residents of our county while living in New
York during the winter, became patrons of the



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