Biography of Dr. Gustav A. Pohl


Pohl, Gustav A., M. D., Buffalo, was born in Mostaganem, Algiers, Africa, December 7, 1854, where his father, a political fugitive from Germany in 1848, had sought refuge. He is of German descent, and at the age of four years removed to Melbourne, Australia, with his parents, Charles and Catherine (Reiland) Pohl, where he remained until their return to the fatherland after the amnesty granted by the king of Prussia. After completing his education in the excellent schools of Mainz on the Rhine, Germany, he traveled extensively on the European continent and in England, where he was in business for over three years. Being then rather in delicate health he left the trying climate of London, England, and went to the south of France where he held the position of British Pro-Consul at Nice. In 1879 he came to the United States and then became chief clerk of the French Atlantic Cable Company, in New York city, which he left to accept the position of secretary of the Hammondsport Glen Wine Company at Hammondsport, N. Y. In 1883 he came to Buffalo, and entering the medical department of the University of Buffalo, was graduated with honor in 1886. Shortly after graduation he was appointed physician to the Erie County Almhouse. He then passed a civil service examination and was appointed a district health physician by the Board of Health, afterwards being promoted to the position of special sanitary inspector. He has also held the position of physician to the outdoor department of the Fitch Provident Dispensary (department of diseases of children) and of visiting physician to the Fitch Creche, physician to Dispensary of the German Hospital, all of which he resigced in order to meet the requirements of his increasing practice. He is a member of the Medical Society of the County of Erie, of the Medical and Surgical Society of Buffalo, and a fellow of the Buffalo Academy of Medicine. Dr. Pohi has the prestige of an illustrious ancestry and connection, his paternal grandfather having received, among other orders, the Iron Cross for gallantry in the war fcr freedom against Napoleon I, in 1812, which, at that time, was a special mark of distinction. His cousin, Eduard von Knorr, is at present the commanding admiral of the German Navy. Dr. Pohi is a member of Mystic Star Lodge No. 512, I. O. O. F., Mount Vernon Encampment No. 8, Canton Buffaio No. 5, Patriarch's Militant, and is assistant surgeon-general of the 3d Brigade, District of Niagara, P. M. I. O. O. F. He is also a member of Washington Lodge No. 240, F. & A. M. and Keystone Chapter No. 163, R. A. M. In June, 1891, he married Jennie A. Gillie, of Tonawanda, N. Y.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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