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mont and Morgantown, W. \ a. After eighteen months
in this pastorate, he was called to the Episcopal
Church of Canton, O., where he remained for five
years. In the spring of 1889 he published his book,
"The Evolution of Man and Christianity," in which
he denied certain of the miracles. This resulted in his
trial for heresy by the Ecclesiastical Court of the
Episcopal Church in Northern Ohio, January 8, 1891.
After more than two months' deliberation, two out of
five judges voted for acquittal, and the remaining
three for suspension from the ministry for six months,
with the proviso that if during that time he should
promise to be silent on the points in dispute he should
be reinstated. At the end of six months, being unable
to make the desired promise, he renounced the minis-
try of the Episcopal Church and entered that of the
Universalist Church. In October of the same year he
was called to the charge of the First Universalist
Church of Saginaw, Mich., where he remained until
December, 1893, thence coming to Erie, Pa., where he
has since filled the pulpit of the First Universalist
Church of this city. Rev. Mr. McQueary .is the
author of "Topics of the Times," which treats of
social, industrial and theological problems. He is
also an occasional contributor to the Arena, Popular
Science Monthly, Belford's Monthly and other publica-

Dr. Saaford Dickinson, Erie, Pa., who was one
of Erie's most loved and honored citizens, died at his
residence on East Twenty-sixth street, February 28,
1881. He was born in Norwich, Shenango county, N.
Y., September 7, 1808, and was a son of Josiah and
Prudence (Taylor) Dickinson, the former of English
and the latter of Scotch lineage. They settled in
Springfield township, Erie county, some time in the
'twenties. He obtained his early education in the
academy at Norwich, then taught school winters and
worked out summers to earn money to complete his
education. At the age of 24 years he began the study
of medicine, and passed some time under the most
excellent tutorage of Dr. Henry L. Mitchell, and was
graduated from the College of Physicians and Sur-
geons of New York city, in the class of 1832, and then
for a short time practiced with Dr. Mitchell. While
looking about for a place to engage in the practice of
his profession, he visited Erie county, which he was
quick to recognize as a desirable field of labor, and lo-
cated at Wattsburg, whence, after a few years, he re-
moved to Erie. His practice grew steadily from the
start, and he soon became one of the most prominent
physicians in Northwestern Pennsylvania. He was a
great student, and hence a man of profound medical
knowledge, varied scholarly attainments and unusual
general culture. To him is due the introduction of the
alcoholic and opiate treatment in cases of poison by
vipers, and puncture in the operations of dissecting,
preparing and embalming. 'This treatment of such
cases, which was first used by him in 1854, has since
been quite generally adopted by the medical profes-
sion. In 1866 he, in company with his son, Mr. John
S. Dickinson, purchased of J. F. Liddell & Bro., the
large drug store on State street, of which Mr. Dickin-
son became sole proprietor two years after the death
of his father. Since the death of Mr. John S. Dickin-
son, the business has been conducted by his widow,
and is one of the most prosperous and thoroughly
equipped stores of its kind in the city. About 1870
Dr. Dickinson had charge of the poor patients
of Erie county, to whom, together with the cases of
infirm soldiers and marines of the county, he gave
faithful attention for several years. Dr. Dickinson
won fame as a medical practitioner; he was also fairly
successful in the accumulation of this world's goods;
but one of the impulses which lay closest to his heart
was that of giving to the poor of the community in
which he lived the benefit of the skill and means which
it was his lot to possess. It has been often said that
he was more solicitous for the care of patients from
whom he expected no remuneration than for those
who were amply able to provide every means. It was
this noble characteristic of a solicitous and conscien-
tious care for the sick and unfortunate that won the
hearts of the community where his honorable and use-
ful life was passed. He lived and died the recipient
of the prayers and blessings of the poor. The Doctor
was married in 1833 to Miss Rebecca Judson, of Watts-
burg, Pa., by whom he had two children, the late John
S. Dickinson, of Erie, and Mrs. Celia Smith, of Pacific
Grove, Cal. His first wife dying of fever, Dr. Dickin-
son was remarried in 1838 to Miss Harriett Maxwell,
of Wattsburg. The surviving children by this second
marriage are: Miss Heppie R. Dickinson, who lives
with her mother on East Twenty-sixth street; Ernes-
tine A., Mrs. Henry Shenk, of Erie; Mr. Beverly N.
Dickinson, of Quincy, 111.; Caroline L.; Mrs. O. E.



Crouch, of Erie; Alice M., Mrs. W. D. Janes of Sagi-
naw, Mich.; Mr. Kingsley Dickinson, of Erie, and
Minnie M., Mrs. Rfev. Robert Painter, of Galva, 111.
Dr. Dickinson and family worshipped at the First
Methodist Church, of which he was a member and a
generous supporter. He was a Republican in his po-
litical views, but was never a seeker of public office or
political honors.

John Sauford Dickinson, one of Erie's most
popular citizens, died June 5, 1888. He was born in
Wattsburg, this county, April 6, 1837, and was a son of
the late Dr. Sanford Dickinson, whose sketch appears
in this work. He spent his boyhood, until 10 years of
age, in the family of his uncle, a farmer in Springfield
township, after which he came to Erie and completed
his education at the Erie Academy. About the out-
break of the war he was engaged in the oil business
in Canada, but, in 1862, when the Union was in peril,
he came to the rescue. He enlisted in the navy at
Erie, and went aboard the receiving ship, " Clara
Dolson," at Cairo, 111. He was later transferred to the
" Indianola," which was captured by the Confederates
in February, 18fi8. Mr. Dickinson remained a pris-
oner until the following May, a portion of the time in
the horrible Libby prison, which will always hold an
infamous place in the history of civil warfare. After
being exchanged he went on board the United States
steamer " Utah," as paymaster's clerk, and where he
remained until June, 1864, when, on account of im-
paired health, he was honorably discharged. He then
entered the Sixth Auditor's office in the Treasury
Department at Washington, where he remained nearly
two years. In May, 1866, he returned to Erie and
engaged in business with his father, as is detailed in the
sketch of the latter. Mr. Dickinson was married,
April 27, 1864, to Miss Ellen M., daughter of Maj.
Robert and Martha Ann (Talbott) Clarke, of Wash-
ington. This union was blessed with eleven children,
three of whom died in infancy. The others were:
Rebecca, Mrs. Charles E. Stratton, of Erie; Robert
Clarke, druggist, i)f KrJc; John Sanford, who died at
the age of 14" years; (u'lirge S., physician, F.ric; Mis.s
Jane M. and Harriett M. Dickinsim; Charh's ScvuKiurc,
student in the Philadelphia Cullegr iif rii.irni.icy, and
Miss Cecelia Dickinson, wlio is still in school.' Mr.
Dickinson was a Master Mason, and a member of the
G. A. R., K. of H., A. O. U. W., and was a Republican
in his political views. The family worship at the
Methodist Episcopal Church, and have resided at 428
East Sixth street since 1876.

Dr. H. A. Spencer was born in Warren county,
Pennsylvania, Aui^usfiO, IS'JS, and died in Erie, |anii-
ary 2, ISSi). He was a son of the Rev. Matthias and
Harriet (Smith) Si.cnicr, tlir lornH-r a native ..f Con-
necticut, the latter of New \drk, and both of English
descent. Rev. Matthias Spencer was a Methodist
clergyman; removed from New York to Warren
county, Pennsylvania, in 1825, and from thence to
Wayne township, Erie county, in 1830. They had
eight sons, of whom Dr. Spencer was the fifth. He
was educated at the Waterford Academy and Alle-
gheny College, Meadville Pa. In 1848 he entered
Cleveland (Ohio) Medical College, from which institu-
tion he was graduated in 1851. He practiced medicine
at Waterford, Pa., until 1864, when he came to Erie,
where he continued to reside, and was engaged in the

practice of his profession throughout his life. He
organized a corps of surgeons on the P. & E. R. R. in
1864, of which he was surgeon-in-chief up to the time
of his death. He was for a number of years surgeon-
in-chief of the medical staff of Hamot Hospital. In
1861 he was appointed pension examiner, and was
medical superintendent of the Erie county infirmary
for five years. He was married, in 1855, to Julia,
daughter of J. L. Cook, railroad contractor, and native
of Waterford, Erie county. Pa. Of the children born
of this union five survive. They are: Mrs. Lena,
wife of E. A. Sisson, an attorney at law, Erie; Mrs.
Mary, wife of F. H. Thomson, of the Gorham Manu-
facturing Company, Providence, R. I.; Dr. Boyd C.
Spencer; Thomas T., and Roy A. Dr. Boyd C. Spen-
cer was graduated from Jefferson Medical College,
Philadelphia, in 1889, practiced medicine with Dr. J.
F. Hamilton, of Philadelphia, for one year, and then
went to West Superior, Wis., where he was engaged
in the practice of his profession for four years, during
a part of which period he was county physician of
Douglas county. He returned to Erie January 20,
1895, where he is now practicing medicine. Mrs. A.
H. Spencer and sons reside at 130 West Eighth street.

James Henry Montgomery, M. D., Erie, Pa.,
was born in Buffalo, N. Y. His parents were natives
of the Keystone State, and of Scotch origin, of a fam-
ily whose origin is easily traced to 400 A. D. His fa-
ther. Rev. W. W. Montgomery, was a minister of the
Protestant Episcopal Church. He removed with his
family from Buffalo to the western part of the State,
where the subject of this sketch was placed in a pri-
vate school and remained there until prepared to en-
ter college. In 1877 he entered the academic depart-
ment of Columbia College, where he was graduated
with the degree of A. B. in 1881. He soon after en-
tered the medical department of the same institution,
then known as the College of Physicians and Sur-
geons, where he was graduated as an M. D. in 1884.
He then entered the Roosevelt Hospital as a member
of the house staff, and was next appointed as assistant
surgeon there, where he remained for two years. He
came to Erie in 1886, and has been actively engaged
in his profession ever since. He was surgeon in charge
of the Hamot Hospital from 1888 to 1892. At pre.sent
he is one of the attending surgeons of that institution.
Dr. Montgomery has been an active member of the
Erie County Medical Society for ten years. He is a
member of several social clubs in Erie. In politics he
has always been a Republican.

H. H. Foringer, physician and surgeon, Erie, Pa.,
was fiorn at Brady's Bend, Armstrong county. Pa.,
M.irch 24, IS.^4. He is a son of Joseph and Hannah
( ISarnliarti Foringer, both natives of Armstrong county,
and descendants of old American families. The fa-
ther died May 28, 1892, and the mother now resides at
Brady's Bend. "They reared a family of eleven chil-
'dren, eight sons and three daughters, seven of whom
are living. The doctor was reared in his native town
and educated in the public schools and the Edinboro
State Normal School. He began his medical studies
with Dr. S. B. Hotchkiss,of Edinboro, as his preceptor.
Later he attended the Western Reserve Medical Col-
lege of Cleveland, O., where he was graduated with
the degree of M. D. in 1883. He returned to Edin-
boro, and practiced his profession in conjunction with



Dr. Hotchkiss about eighteen months. He then went
to Middleboni, Pn., where he successfully followed his
profession until the winter of 1889, and after a general
review of his nu'dical studies in some of the Eastern
Medical Colleges, he located in Erie in the fall of 1889,
where he has since been successfully engaged in the
general practice of medicine and surgery. Dr. Foringer
was married June 11, 1885, to Miss Anna A., daughter
of Richard and Lorinda (Strohn) Owess, of Canada.
They have one child, Owen H. The doctor is a mem-
ber of the Erie County Medical Society, the K. of P.
and the Masonic fraternity. The family are members
of the Park Presbyterian Church.

A. Z. Randall, M. D., physician and surgeon,
Erie, Pa., born in Cold Creek, Allegany county, N. Y.,
October 12, 1840, is a son of Dr. Thomas Jefferson
and Sarah C. (Wellman) Randall. The father was a
native of New York, the mother of Vermont. Dr.
Thomas [efferson Randall was a graduate of Old Fair-
field CoIIVl;,-. Stale of Xew York. Dr. .\. /. Ran.lall
receive.! Ins lil.Tarv educ.ith.n in ilir Stat.- Normal
School at i;.linlH,r,,,'an.laftrr..ini|i|.1niLra hmLH.iurse
of study there eoininenced the sliidy of ineclii ine, with
his father as preceptor, after which he attended two
full courses of lectures at the University of Michigan
at Ann Arbor during the years 1862-;^-4, and finally
graduated honorably at that institution March HO, l.'^fi4.
He then located at Wattsburg, Pa., ula n- In- pra. Ir eel
two years, thence came to Erie, ami, with iln cmii,-
tion of nearly five years' practiec in C c nuni\-,
two years at Union City, and nearly two years at Edin-
boro, has since been reputably connected with the
medical profession in Erie. He was appointed health
officer of the borough of South Erie in 18Hfi, and ex-
amining physician of pensioners in 1867, filling that
important office until 1876. During 1867 and 1868 he
was surgeon for the Philadelphia and Erie R. R. at
Union City, and was a|iiiointe(l vaccinating physician
of the (at\ .i| I a ir in 1^^■J, 1 Ic w , is previously elected
coroner .il i!;r (.iiiiii\- m Noxniilicr, 1881, to serve
three \e,!iN ri- ru in_; ,1 \,i\ llatuiiiig vote from his
con.stitueiits, and the duties ,.i uhieli office he faith-
fully performed. He was married April '29, 1863, to
Ellen Lucy Congleton, of Edinboro (since deceased),
by whom he had three sons, Thomas Carlyle, Elmer
E. and Grant A. (deceased). Dr. Randall next mar-
ried, in 1889, Mrs. Ella Gough, of Harbor Creek, Erie
county. He is an active member of the Maccabees
and Protected Home Circle, being physician for Alpha
Tent, No. 1, of tin Mar, abees, and Lois Circle, No.
151, Protected llom. in. le. He is also medical ex-
aminer for Lonnsliiirv Hue, No. 14, Ladies of the
Maccabees. I'olitiially he is a .staunch Republican.
In his chosen profession he is up with the times, and
has an honorable reputation as a surgeon and physi-
cian and as a man.

Andrew McPhersoa, M. D., was born November

8, 1839, in the city of Lockport, N. Y., son of Andrew
McPherson, from the city of Inverness, Scotland, and
Deborah (Freeland) McPherson, of Dutch origin, her
family having settled in Pennsylvania, from Holland,
early in its history. He came to Erie in 1874, engag-
ing in the practice of dentistry, which profession he
had followed since 1862. In the year 1885 he graduated
from the Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital of
Chicago, the largest homeopathic school in the world,

and now practices both medicine and dentistry in his
commodious and pleasant suite of offices on Peach
street (1722). His wife was Miss Lovina Gleasgn, of
Port Colbourne, Canada. Their four children are: A.
H., a jeweler; William, a graduate of the Erie Business
University, now taking a post graduate course;
Florilla, also a graduate and post graduate student of
the same school, and Lovina. They are Presby-
terians in their religious belief. He is a Democrat.
His family are closely identified with the history of our
country, his maternal grandfather being a general in
the Revolutionary war. Dr. McPherson is one of the
founders of the Erie County Homeopathic Medical
Society; also a member of the Alumni Association of
the Hahnemann Medical College.

Wallace R. Hunter, M. D., physician and sur-
geon, Erie, Pa., born at Stormstown, Center county,
Pa., December 26, 1866, is a son of John and Elizabeth
(Elder) Hunter, both natives of Pennsylvania. They
reared a family of six children. The doctor was edu-
cated in the Pennsylvania State College, and in 1886
received an appointment to West Point, through the
influence of the late Governor Curtin. After attend-
ing the Military Academy one year he entered the
medical department of the University of Pennsylvania,
where he was graduated May 1, 1890, and was imme-
diately appointed resident physician of the University
hospital, where he remained about eighteen months,
when he was appointed physician at the State Hospital
for the Insane at Warren, Pa., where he remained
until 1893, when he was appointed acting assistant
surgeon to the U. S. Marine Hospital service, and in
1894 he was appointed assistant surgeon of the 15th
Reg., N. G. P.; appointed visiting surgeon to St.
Vincent's Hospital in 1895. He is a member of the
Masonic order and of the Elks.

Ira J. Dunn, M. D., Erie, Pa., is a native of
Crawford county, Pennsylvania. He was born No-
vember 12, I860, and is a son of Holton D. and Dian-
tha (Curtis) Dunn, natives of Pennsylvania. Their
family consisted of four children: Li/zie R.; Thomas
D., a physician ..f West Chester, Pa.; Ira J., and
Arthur D. Dr. Ira j. Dunn eihu ated in Crawford
county. He received Ins college preparatory educa-
tion in the public schools, and in 1)^81 entered Alle-
gheny College at Meadville, graduating from that in-
stitution in the class of 1886. He then accepted the
principalship of the Linesville public schools, where
he remained one year, and, in 1887, resigned the same
and entered the medical department of the LIniversity
of Pennsylvania. At the end of the year he tempo-
rarily abandoned his medical studies and accepted the
professorship of Latin in the First district normal
school of West Chester. He remained there one
year, when he returned to the University of Pennsyl-
vania, and in 1891 graduated from the medical depart-
ment. He then became assistant surgeon in the
Miners' State Hospital, at Hazelton, Pa. He re-
mained there about six months, when he resigned and
began a special course on the eye. In March, 1892, he
was appointed assistant physician at the State Hospi-
tal at Harrisburg, Pa. After nearly a year in that in-
stitution, he then returned to Philadelphia and took a
special course at the Philadelphia Polyclinic for grad-
uates in medicine, on the eye, ear, nose and throat.
He then engaged in practice at Meadville, where he



reniaint-d but a short time, and, in February, 1894,
located in Erie. He was married October 21, 1893, to
Miss Addie E., daughter of Frank and Frances Irene
(Burnley) Phillips, of Meadville, Pa. The doctor is a
member of the American Medical Association, Penn-
sylvania State Medical Association and the Erie
County Medical Society, and politically is a Repub-

J. R. Phillips, M. D., Erie, Pa., was born near
Meadville, Crawford county, Pa., January 18, 1851. He
is a son of the late Bishop Tyler and Jane (Smith)
Phillips, the former a native of Connecticut and of
English descent, the latter of Pennsylvania birth and
Scotch extraction. Bishop T. Phillips spent the most
of his life as an agriculturist of Crawford county, Penn-
sylvania, where he died in 1876, surviving his wife six

Their son, J. R. Phillips, early in life determined
upon the practice of nirdlrine as a profession, and to
that end, upon the rnniplctM'ii d lii^ '.;.n( i,il education
and graduation, in June . 1 ~-;'.i, 1m -,ni 1 lu >iii(lv of med-
icine! under the prfC(|>lii|' nl |)i. 1. ( . Parsons, of
Meadville, Pa. He llu-n entered the Hcpuieopathic
Hospital College, of Cleveland, Ohio, from which in-
stitution he was graduated in 1883. The following
four years he was engaged successfully in the practice
of his profession at Corry, Pa. The luxt two vimis Ik-
spent abroad, and during this period ,i\,iilivl Imns.H
of the very superior advantages affordicl tin ^tuilini
of medicine at the Royal College of l'h\ si. i,.ii.s and
Surgeons, of Berlin, (Tcnn.inv. whu h institution he at-
tended for four terms. Ih' then returned to the
United States. Decenil.. 1 :;. iss'.i. Dr. Phillips settled
in Erie citv, immedi.itclv .iltci Ins return from Ger-
many. (")n' the 2ltth d.iy ol jiiiio following he per-
formed at the Hamot llospit.d tin- lirst o\.iriotomy in
the history of that institution. The patient was Mrs.
Alonzo Perry, of Ekiinhoro, Erie county. She was 62
years of age; the tuinor weighed sixty pounds, and re-
covery was uninterrupted and complete. The doctor
has operated in similar cases frequently since that
time with the best success, and has acquired a very
extensive practice. Dr. Phillips is a member of the
Homeopathic Medical Society of the State of Penn-
sylvania, the Erie County Homeopathic Medical So-
ciety and the Dispensary and Hospital Association of
the city of Erie.

M. A. Wilson, M. D., Erie. Pa., physician and
surgeon, was born in Westfield, N. Y., December 17,
1851. He is a son of the late Daniel and Eliza (Nixon)
Wilson, both natives of the State of New York, the
former of Scotch and the latter of Norman and Scotch-
Irish descent. 1 )aiiiel Wilson was a man of uncom-
promising integrity, a Christian gentleman (although
not idcntiliiil with anv church) in all that the phrase im-
plies ,111.1 a valuahl.' riti/in. He died in October, 1883.
His wif. , wlh. li a- .|..\..ti>.l her life lovingly to the in-
terests ..f li. I . IS now spending her declining
years m ...nit. .11 with Ii.t son. Dr. M. A. Wilson.
John Wilson, father of the late Daniel Wilson, had five
other sons, four of whom attained distinction in ]iro-
fessional life. Two of these, Henry ami David J. Wil-
son, survive and are physicians of eminence, the former
a resident of Oberlin, Ohio, and the latter of Baird,
Texas; the latter is now a member of the State Board
of Health of Texas. Of the deceased brothers, John

Wilson died in early manhood of a disease contracted
while teaching school in Louisiana. Alexander Wil-
son was a graduate of Union College, located at Min-
eral Point, Wis., where he was engaged in the practice
of law, and was for some years prior to his death At-
torney General of the State of Wisconsin; George
Wilson was one of the leading members of the bar of
Chautauqua county, New York, and resided up to the
time of his decease at Westfield, a son of the latter,
Morton I. Wilson, is now studying medicine under the
perceptorship of Dr. M. A.Wilson. Two aunts on the
maternal side of the subject of these memoirs, the
Misses Ann and Sarah J. Nixon, reside in the vicinity
of Westfield, where they are engaged in the successful
management of a model farm and vineyard. M. A.
Wilson was educated in the academy of his native
town, an. I aft. r t. iking three full courses of medical
lectin, s L^ra.liiaii .1 from the New York Homeopathic
Medi.Ml ( ,,!I,l;. Ill 1,S73. He located in North East,
Erie ..iiiiiiv. I'a., in 1874, and was the pioneer homeo-
patlii. |ili\si. laii ..I that town. He remained at North
East f.ii . ii:lit..ii \iars and built up a very large and
lucr.itu. pra.ii... In 1883 the University of New
York . .ml.-ni-.l ii|Min him the regent's degree in medi-
cine, win. h in. luilcs all s\stcms and schools of medi-
cine IT. .1-111/. .1 liv th.- laws of the State. In 1892 he
mox'.'.l 1. 1 I'll.-, \\ li. r.' li.' lieen a most successful

■ lii.C.niiU II.Mii.-..iMtliic
.roughly in t.iuch with ni.xl-
He took the initial steps
iLjably forthe establishment
isary and Hospital Associa-
iiiterest and support of his
ami is justly entitled to a
Its existence. Dr. Wilson
\rncc and careful judgment,
1. i|il. s of his school, and at
Mi-h 1.. ajiply other correct
ti..- wli. lever taught and
uaii-i..! Mai.h I'O, 1873, to
t.- iahMiiiin 1 )a\is Eaton,
ii'.l 1 ii I I'll . .f Johnstown,
s|i.'.iallv .11 ti\ e 111 his iden-
of the First Bajitist Church
of that town. Dr. and Mrs. Wilson have two children,
Elva Margaret and Bessie Eliza Wilson, the former a
most promising art student and a student of the Erie
high school, and the latter a student of the Erie Cen-
tral school. The family reside at 140 E:ast Eighth
street. Dr. Wilson is a member of the Ma.sonic Fra-
ternity, the Ancient Order of United Workmen and
the Royal Templars of Temperance.

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