Biography of Henry Furness
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Henry Furness, born at Bay St. Louis, Miss., February 24, 1850, came to Malone as a child with his mother after the death of his father, and after his 'school days here clerked in the drug store of Heath & Breed. He then connected himself with the Alabama State Hospital for the Insane for two or three years, and next studied medicine in New York city. His first field of practice was Windsor, Vt., where he remained until 1880, when he located at Malone, where he made a brilliant record in the profession, which interested him absorbingly and in the practice of which he was continually employing then novel, and perhaps startling, expedients, but which because of his marvelous successes became standard. He won and held a standing as a physician second, to none in Northern New York. Dr. Furness inherited from a relative in California a comfortable fortune, and in his will, after numerous bequests to relatives and friends, gave $5,000 each to the Alice Hyde Memorial Hospital Association for the support of free beds for the poor, the Farrar Home for Deserving Old Lathes in Malone, the Home for the Friendless in Plattsburgh, and to Franklin Academy for scholarships; $6,000 to St. Mark's Church, Malone, for the relief of the poor; and $2,000 each to the board of education of the village of Malone and to the Wadhams Reading Circle for the purchase of books. These are all trust funds, the income from which is alone to be used for the purposes stated. Dr. Furness died after a long illness July 5, 1913.

From:
Historical Sketches of Franklin County
and its several towns.
By: Frederick J. Seaver Malone, New York.
J. B. Lyon Company, Printers Albany, NY 1918.


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