Biography of Austin J. Stillson
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AUSTIN J. STILLSON - For two generations the Stillson family has been represented in the medical profession in Windsor, New York, and the family itself can be traced back to New York State, to the emigrant, Orrin Stillson. The latter was born in Woodbury, Connecticut, December 9, 1793; he married Eliza Dwight, daughter of Israel Dwight, of Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Their son, Garry Stillson, was the grandfather of the present Dr. Stillson. He was a business man, and served as justice of the peace. His death occurred December 24, 1873. The maiden name of his wife was Emily Edson.

Austin B. Stillson, their son, and father of Dr. Stillson, was born September 17, 1849, in Kirkwood, New York. He was educated in the public schools, the Binghamton Academy and the Lowell Business School. His boyhood ambition was to become a physician, but many years filled with hopes and hard work passed before the realization of this dream. Dr. Stillson became a clerk in a hardware store in 1869, and later was engaged in the lumber business in Pennsylvania. In 1872 he was the State agent of a sewing machine company, and during all this period never ceased studying in preparation for his medical career. In 1873 Dr. Stillson settled in Windsor and began to attend the lectures at the New York University, from which he was graduated in 1876, and then began to practice in Windsor, where he remained until his death in 1887. He served as coroner and was supervisor of the town. In many ways Dr. Stillson was active in civic affairs, and he was very prominent in fraternal matters. He was master of Windsor Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons. He married, October 26, 1870, Frances Eliza Shove, born in New Lisbon, New York, in 1847, daughter of Jeremiah and Mary (Haight) Shove.

Austin Jeremiah, Stilison, their son, was born in Windsor, New York, June 30, 1879. He was educated in the public and high schools, later attending the Chesebrongh Seminary. Under the able preceptorship of his father's uncle, Dr. Isaac C. Edson, Dr. Stillson prepared for his medical career at the Medico Chirurgical College, graduating with tie degree of M. D. on May 25, 1901. He has been engaged in practice in Windsor since attaining his degree, and is prominent there among the foremost citizens. He holds the office of coroner, and during the World War was an examiner on the draft board. Dr. Stilison is a member of the Broome County Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the Susquehanna Valley Medical Society. He is a director in the National Bank of Windsor, and has been health officer of Windsor for about twenty years. Fraternally he affiliates with the Modern Woodmen of America, and is a communicant of the Methodist church.

Dr. Stillson married, September 4, 1901, at Windsor, Minerva E. King, daughter of Elmer and Elmira A. (La Barre) King, and they are the parents of a daughter, Elmira Frances, born April 15, 1904.

From:
Binghamton and Broome County
New York
Editor in chief: William Foote Seward
Libarian for the Binghamton Public Libraey
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York and Chicago, 1924


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