Biography of Dr. James W. Price
Franklin County, NY Biographies





James Woods Price, M. D. - Since 1904 Dr. Price has been one of the prominent physicians of Saranac Lake, and he is a veteran of the World War, having served with the rank of major. He was born in Albemarle County, Va., Jan. 30, 1877, the son of Charles Harper and Sarah J. (Woods) Price.

Charles Harper Price was a native of Virginia born in 1830. Throughout his life he lived in Albemarle County, and was a successful farmer. He was married (first) in 1855 to Miss Alice Wood, and they were the parents of eight children. Several years following her death he married (second) in 1871 Miss Sarah J. Woods, the daughter of James T. Woods, who was a member of a prominent Virginia family. To Charles H. and Sarah J. (Woods) Price were born three children: 1. Robert, born in 1873, died in infancy. 2. Gertrude, born in 1875, lives in Albemarle County. 3. James Woods, the subject of this sketch.

The early education of J. Woods Price was received through private tutoring and at the Episcopal High School at Alexandria, Va. He received the degree of Doctor of Medicine at the University of Virginia in 1901, after which he served as interne in the Philadelphia Polyclinic Hospital for almost three years. On account of ill health Dr. Price retired from his profession temporarily, and spent one year in travel abroad. Upon his return to the United States he located at Saranac Lake, and after nine months of complete rest he had sufficiently recovered his health to permit him serving part time as staff physician at Stony Wold Sanitarium. In the fall of 1905 Dr. Price returned to Saranac Lake and during the following three years engaged in research work in Saranac Lake Laboratory. In 1908 he established his present private practice in this city, and he is widely known as a specialist in pulmonary tuberculosis. At the outbreak of the World War he offered his services to the government and was commissioned as an officer in the Medical Corps. His early duties consisted in the examination of recruits for tuberculous conditions, and he later became an instructor upon the subject of pulmonary tuberculosis and lectured at training camps throughout the country. He was discharged with the rank of major on May 10, 1919.

On Sept. 3, 1919, Dr. Price married Miss Sophia Mary Hoerner, of Montreal, the daughter of David and Mary (Cooper) Hoerner.

Dr. Price is a Democrat in politics and for two years served as trustee of Saranac Lake Village. He has always taken an active interest in civic affairs and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce. He is a charter member of the Saranac Club, and belongs to the Saranac Lake Golf Club, American Legion, Phi Delta Theta and Alpha Omega Alpha fraternities. He and his wife are prominent members of St. Luke's The Beloved Physician Episcopal Church, of which he has been a warden for many years.

Dr. Price is a member of Franklin County, New York State and American Medical associations, and is a director of the National Tuberculosis Association. He also holds membership in the American Climatalogical and Clinical Association, of which he has served as president.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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